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Elgato embraces Apple HomeKit with Avea smart lighting and Eve home monitoring

Elgato embraces Apple HomeKit with Avea smart lighting and Eve home monitoring

By 3 September 2014

Elgato has announced a couple of new smart home products that will embrace Apple's new HomeKit platform. The Elgato Avea smart lighting system will challenge the likes of Philips Hue, with its smart LED bulb. Compatible with iOS, the £39.99 Avea bulb... >>

Smart lighting explained

Smart lighting explained

By 8 August 2014

If you're new to home automation and want to give it a go, you should probably start with smart lighting. The easiest way to get started with simple home automation is to buy accessories or devices that are specialised for certain tasks. Smart lighting,... >>

Five smart lighting solutions

Five smart lighting solutions

By 8 August 2014

Having a smart home isn't just about clever appliances or smartphone-controlled heating, there are also robotic vacuum cleaners, Bluetooth-enabled showerheads and music-playing mirrors available. However, and perhaps more importantly, you can also get... >>

Philips Hue (complete system) review
5 out of 5

Philips Hue (complete system) review

By 5 August 2014

In 2012 Philips launched the Philips Hue system. It's a set of three intelligent lights that, along with the Bridge connected to your home Wi-Fi system, allows for colour and brightness control of the lights from a smartphone or tablet. Almost two years... >>

Philips Hue Tap review
4 out of 5

Philips Hue Tap review

By 5 August 2014

The Philips Hue lighting system is expanding at a fast rate, but having to get your phone out of your pocket (or even in some cases just finding it) to control your lights can be a pain. Understanding this Philips has created the Hue Tap, a wireless light... >>

Cromatica is the Bluetooth open-source light-speaker centrepiece we want in our homes

Cromatica is the Bluetooth open-source light-speaker centrepiece we want in our homes

By 10 April 2014

Cromatica isn’t just a light and speaker combination, it's a beautifully designed software and hardware open-source centrepiece. The half-speaker half-lamp is made by Digital Habits who has a history of creating well-designed audio equipment. This is... >>

Holi Smart Mood Lamp will light up your life and lighten your mood

Holi Smart Mood Lamp will light up your life and lighten your mood

By 15 January 2014

Science says differing lights can affect mood. If science says so then it must be true. With that in mind Holi has released the Smart Mood Lamp which, you guessed it, uses light to affect your mood. Let's hope it works as by the time you plug it in, £180... >>

Philips Disney Friends of Hue StoryLight Starter Kit review
3 out of 5

Philips Disney Friends of Hue StoryLight Starter Kit review

By 13 December 2013

The Philips Hue smart bulb range, which enable you to control the lighting system’s brightness and colour output via your smartphone, is starting to expand and explore other possibilities. It’s more than just standard lights, now they even come with... >>

Manfrotto Klyp case for iPhone review
4 out of 5

Manfrotto Klyp case for iPhone review

By 25 November 2013

We all know that a lot of people use their iPhone for shooting video. The Apple smartphone's camera is one of the best on the market and when you add in the slow-mo feature on the iPhone 5S it's hard to beat from a smartphone. The trouble with all smartphones,... >>

Professional tips for video calls: lighting

Professional tips for video calls: lighting

By 21 January 2013

Filmmaker James Cronin knows a fair bit about lighting. Hired often as a director of photography but best known for his behind-the-scenes documentaries of Hollywood movies, he has a very good idea of how to set up for a video interview. Pocket-lint wasted... >>