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While the mail box is more of a US concept than a UK one, there’s some satisfying DIY smart home hackery going on here that could inspire many more projects. Cory shows us how to use the My Applets feature of the If This Then That cloud service, to setup…
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With the arrival of the new MacBook Pro I was looking for a second mains charger, preferably one that would double up for travel duties too. While I miss the safety of MagSafe, the lack of proprietary connector and new USB-C charging opens the doors for…
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Here’s a cool new switch from Berlin based smart home specialists, Senic. The Nuimo Click uses EnOcean’s energy harvesting technology to create, not only a wireless switch, but a battery-less one too. Now you can have instant tactile control of your Sonos…
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Earlier this month the 2019 CES show wrapped up for another year in Las Vegas.  Here are 8 videos showing some of our favourite smart home announcements as well as the other cool tech from the event…   The Best and Worst of CES 2019 – Smart Home Edition  …
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The original Automated Home was built in 1999. We were young and enthusiastic, but perhaps lacked some life experience which meant we didn’t get everything perfect with our design. With a much better idea of how we live now and which spaces are most…
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The UK launch of Homey back in the Spring of 2017 was the most read post on Automated Home that year. The idea of a Smart Home Hub with onboard hardware for Z-Wave, ZigBee, WiFi, BLE, IR, 433 & 868 MHz was so enticing. Now Homey have announced 3 new…
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Kitsound have launched their new ‘District’ wireless bluetooth noise cancelling headphones and they sent us over a pair to try out. In the box you’ll find these over-ear headphones themselves and a paper leaflet that’s (novelty) actually big enough to…
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Automated Home 2.0 – #04 Awesome PTZ CCTV Camera to Watch Our Self Build Remotely

Over the years I’ve tried a lot of CCTV cameras. Things have come a long way as we moved from coax, CRTs and BNCs to CAT6, IP and PoE. This time I wanted to organise a new Pan Tilt Zoom (PTZ) camera that I could use to watch our building site remotely…
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2018 was an interesting year for us. We moved out of the Automated Home in October and our End of an Era announcement was your #3 most popular post of the year. It’s great to see you’re all along for the ride with our AutomatedHome 2.0 project too, with…
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I’d have dearly loved to spec my new MacBook Pro with the 2TB SSD option. However it’s an eye-watering £720 extra to go from 1TB to 2TB (and that’s on top of the already expensive £360 to go from the standard 512GB to the 1TB). We won’t even talk about…
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