August 2004

ZigBee Promise Grows

Jeremy Watson’s piece in Scotland on Sunday at the weekend featured an article on Home Automation . Once again ZigBee is mentioned… “Do you wake…


Smart Homes For the Do-it-Yourselfer

The Boston Globe have published a piece on Home Automatoin… “Automated security doesn’t have to cost thousands of dollars – Every so often, Michael Brennan…


xAP Desktop Beta 2

James Traynor’s has just released beta v2 of his excellent “xAP Desktop” software… New Features Proxy support for all internet access Much faster xAP processor…


A Brief History of X10

Hometoys has a very interesting history of X10, ok, so it’s exactly what you’d call brief, but then neither was the book who’s title I’m…


A Robot Vacuum that Doesn’t Suck

… and by all accounts that’s the least of it’s problems: “While the Zoombot’s robotic intelligence and floor-covering algorithms aren’t bad, Applica has skimped on…


Another Robo-Vac

Another robot vacuum cleaner enters the market. What’s the matter with these people, haven’t they seen i,Robot yet! ๐Ÿ™‚ “SharperImage gets into the market of…



Z-Wave – Review

What is Z-Wave? – Submission by Len Marten – Z-Wave is networking protocol developed by Zensys. It’s not, as some might think, a tangible product,…


Digital Home Buying Guide

Australian PC World Magazine has an online story on Home Automation, including a mention of xAP!! “xAP – Likened by some to UPnP, but with…



Home CCTV Server

Home CCTV – I have had CCTV at home for 8 years now in one form or another. Over that time camera performance has increased,…


Slim Device Launch 2 Line Display

“Slim Devices is pleased to announce a major update to Squeezebox. We’ve replaced our venerable 2-line text display with a beautiful new graphic display.ย Shipping TODAY…


One Million in Six Months

It’s almost six months to the day since we re-launched the Automated Home website. ย We’ve just passed the ONE MILLION PAGE VIEWS mark in that…