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Savant Takes a Simple but Elegant Approach to Home Automation

Unless you’re super rich, you’ve probably never heard of Savant. The home automation company brags about catering to “the one per cent of the one per cent”. But now that the internet of things is all the rage, Savant is offering a slick smart home system for the everyman. Read More >>

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Amazing Video Tour of a 1985 Home Automation System

YouTuber Avboden has a home automation system from 1985, and he recently created this video to show people how it worked. It actually has a pretty great UI, with touchscreen, and it even allows you to give commands from your 1980s ultra-modern, push-button phone. Read More >>

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Remotely Spy on Your Own Home With MyDLink Internet of Things Sensors

If you've ever left a light on indoors before going on holiday for fear of falling victim to a break-in, D-Link's myDLink Home Smart devices could be bring you some much needed peace of mind (and keep your electricity bill down too). A complete suite of home automation and security devices, you'll be able to monitor your pad from anywhere in the world -- and trigger a few tricks to scare off any wannabe intruders too. Read More >>

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A Simple Wristband That Controls Every Gadget in Your House

The Clapper may have been little more than a joke in its day, but it's stuck around for a reason: Simple home automation is the basis of our Jetsons-fuelled dream. And Reemo—a combination wristband, receiver, and nothing else—is pretty damn close to nailing it. Read More >>

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Rumour: Apple is Working on Smart Home Products to Work with HomeKit

Fancy using your iPhone to turn the kettle on, unlock your doors or dim the lights for some sexy time? It's all looking potentially possible: Apple is rumoured to be working on a range of smart home products to integrate with its new iOS 8 HomeKit feature. Read More >>

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HomeKit: Apple’s Vision for Home Automation

Apple's just announced another quite-big deal: HomeKit, the Apple platform for home automation. Although there weren't many details, it looks like Apple will be supplying both a software layer for the devices, and a hub for all your thermostats and lights and internet-connected sex toys* on iOS 8. Read More >>

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Philips Hue 3D-Printed Luminaires Look Like Glowing Nests

Alongside the upcoming release of the Hue Lux and Hue Tap smart lighting products, Philips has also today shone a light on its new Luminaires, a range of premium, 3D-printed lamps and lighting fixtures. Read More >>

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Apple’s Voice Activated Dock Patent Wants to Turn Your Whole House Into Siri’s BFF

Ever since it was introduced, the iPhone's voice activated butler Siri has seemed destined to break free of the shackles of its smartphone cell. With rumours increasing that Apple has its eyes set on entering the home automation market, a freshly unearthed patent could put Siri at the heart of that push. Read More >>

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Your Xbox One Is Going to Control Your Entire Home Someday

Yesterday's Xbox One premier was a blazing hailstorm of announcements, each one more tantalising than the next. And while all the new bells and whistles were exciting in and of themselves, the real endgoal, as FastCo. Design uncovered, probably won't be hitting us for another few years: a totally connected, totally integrated home control portal. Read More >>

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5 Apps to Turn Your Phone into a Universal Remote

Controlling your home theatre system used to be easy—you simply told your kid to turn the knob and presto, Honeymooners. But today's home theatre packed with feature-rich TVs, cable boxes, AV receivers, and streaming boxes—and all demanding their own remote there's no way the little guy can keep up. Instead, replace your pile of remotes with an app that does everything they can do and more. Read More >>

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Watch Siri Turn Into a Home Automation Master With the Help Of Raspberry Pi

With home automation being all the rage these days, it was only a matter of time before Siri got her little, occasionally judgmental claws into the action. All it took was YouTube user Elvis Impersonator, a Raspberry Pi, and enough trust in Siri's goodness to believe she won't devolve into a Hal 9000 wannabe. Read More >>

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Belkin’s WeMo: Home Automation For Dummies

I love the idea of a home automation system that means I never have to leave my couch. But I'm not willing to go through all the hassle of knocking down walls and rewiring every room in my house. The folks at Belkin agree, and have come up with the WeMo home automation system that makes bringing your home into the 23rd century dead easy. Read More >>