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The Lifeswitch makes your life easier

Note: We asked Brett DeSilva from Switchform to tell us something about their upcoming exciting product – The Lifeswitch. Switchform is one of those exciting Startups that have realized that Home Automation is still far from being simple and came up with this great product to provide a better user experience.… Read More
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The 5 Best Gadgets for Home Security

Security – that reassuring sense that everything’s okay. It enables us to fully appreciate life and live to our full potential. Modern technology offers some new tools for enhancing security, major protection that’s also a lot of fun. But fun doesn’t mean fickle.… Read More
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What is Amazon Echo?

The Amazon Echo is the latest in smart home technology. It can play internet radio, music, news and more with voice command controls. It also uses voice commands to control household features such as lights and A/C. The full list of features is impressive, and the device retails for a reasonable price.… Read More
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Will Oomi redefine the Smart Home?

Oomi is the latest in Smart Home technologies. The Oomi team launched an Indiegogo campaign in April 2015 and plans to ship the final product in October. They hope to redefine the Smart Home. Meanwhile, the campaign has raised over 1.5 million US dollars, which is pretty amazing.… Read More
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Internet of Things: Samsung Announces ARTIK Platform

Earlier today, Samsung announced the Samsung ARTIK platform that will allow increased efficiency in the development of consumer applications for the Internet of Things. This is an open platform that comprises of advanced software, highly innovative production-ready modules, tools, security features and cloud connectivity for more superior IoT components.… Read More
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Apple Watch gets support from Insteon’s Home Control

This spring, Insteon’s market-leading home automation systems will be adding support for Apple Watch users. Insteon uses both power lines and radiofrequency communication capabilities inside the home to allow homeowners to automate many common household systems, including:Home security systems Door and window locking mechanisms Light switches Thermostat settings Wall outlets Lamps, appliances, and other plug-in modules Motion sensors Smoke detectors CO2 detectors Water leak detectors Ceiling fans And moreHome automation is about to get even simpler as Insteon adds home control to Apple Watch devices with their newly released app.… Read More
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Dyson 360 Eye – The Ultimate Robotic Vacuum Cleaner?

The 360 Eye, the very first automated vacuum cleaner has been unveiled by Dyson after 16 years of extensive research in robotics and developments in the field. A press event held in Tokyo last September worked as the platform for revealing the Dyson 360 by the CEO and founder of the company, James Dyson.… Read More
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The Tado Smart Thermostat is now smarter than ever

Tado, a rival from Europe to Google’s Nest thermostat, has announced recently that it will be launching a public API and also add support for IFTTT channels. The popular smart thermostat developer hopes that with the new changes they can finally expand their ecosystem of related services and devices by gaining developer support.… Read More
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10 Crazy Smart Home Gadgets You’ve Never Heard Of

A thermostat that talks to your washing machine? A baby bottle that talks to your smartphone and tells you how much and how fast your baby is feeding? A belt that adjusts itself depending on your activities for the day? The Consumer Electronics Show 2015 having just wrapped up in Los Angeles showed us what we can look forward to in smart appliances in the next few years.… Read More
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Google adds Voice Control to the Nest Smart Thermostat

If you are an owner of the Nest Smart Thermostat and happen to own a newer Android or iOS device as well, you might be very happy to hear that Google stated on its Works with Nest Blog it will integrate Voice Control for the Learning Thermostat in its Google App.… Read More
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SkyBell 2.0 – Smart doorbell with Wi-Fi camera and Motion Sensor

After the great success of their crowdfunding campaign in 2013, Skybell decided to manufacture Version 2 of their Smart Doorbell. SkyBell 2.0 features a better Wi-Fi module and more memory to enable a better performance compared to its predecessor. Moreover, the camera is night vision compatible and has 140 degree of view which makes it possible to capture the video within 6 feets distance to the door.… Read More
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Logitech Home Hub Extender with Z-Wave and Zigbee

Zigbee and Z-Wave are definitely on the rise. That’s why Logitech has decided to incorporate this technology into their product portfolio. The Logitech Home Hub Extender will expand your existing Logitech Harmony Hub with the capability to talk to Z-Wave and Zigbee enabled devices.… Read More
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VeraEdge – The new VeraLite successor

For months there have been rumours around about new Vera hardware that should supersede the Vera3 and the VeraLite. Vera Control confirmed the new VeraEdge last week which will be the successor of the VeraLite. It should be just a matter of time until the Vera4 – or whatever it will be called – will be announced , as well.… Read More
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How to use your iPhone as a Wireless Light Switch

The possibilities of todays smartphones go way beyond the functionalities of traditional phones. Even the capabilities of a smartphone change constantly and need to be redefined almost every year. Third party manufacturers are using the power of the app stores for their advantage and started to integrate their own inventions tightly with apps.… Read More
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Z-Wave

Z-Wave was developed by a Danish startup called Zensys. It is a proprietary wireless communications protocol specifically designed for the needs of remote control applications and therefore all kinds of home automation devices.  While using a low-power wireless technology it supports the communication via a mesh structure which means that several Z-Wave devices also act as a signal repeater and verify that the commands were sent successfully.… Read More
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KNX

KNX is an abbreviation for the word Konnex and describes a standardized protocol for building control and also has its place in traditional home automation. Its biggest advantage is the independence of any particular hardware platform which means that it could also be executed on an 8-bit microcontroller.… Read More
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Smart Thermostats – What you need to know

Your normal thermostat helps you to adjust the temperature in your home, letting you control the heating and the air conditioning. The difference between Smart Thermostats and regular thermostats is the fact that they can learn from your specific needs and behaviours.… Read More
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Insteon

Insteon tries to combine the best of both worlds which means it supports powerline communication as well as radio frequency communication. Considering it only as a protocol would be an understatement. It is rather a complete technology stack which also consists of separate protocols for the two different types of communication.… Read More
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Universal Powerline Bus

Universal Powerline Bus or short UPB is a communication protocol developed for the needs of home automation. As the name suggests it uses the existing powerlines of homes for sending data. It was developed in 1999 by PCS Powerline Systems and was inspired by the already ubiquitous X10 protocol.… Read More
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ZigBee

ZigBee is a home automation protocol which was originally invented for the use in Personal Area Networks (PAN). Like Z-Wave it uses low power radio frequency communication which results in long battery lives for ZigBee using devices. The protocal is based on the IEEE 802.15.4 standard and is widely considered as an alternative to Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.… Read More
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