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BT Smart Home Cam 100 review: The all-seeing eye
3.5 stars

BT Smart Home Cam 100 review: The all-seeing eye

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Smarthome cameras, such as the BT Smart Home Cam 100, are becoming increasingly popular. Not just because they allow you to see what your pets get up to when you walk out the door, but they also offer peace of mind for much less money than a 24-hour... >>

iRobot Roomba 880 review: Cleans, so you don't have to
4.0 stars

iRobot Roomba 880 review: Cleans, so you don't have to

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Robot vacuum cleaners, such as the iRobot Roomba 880, are interesting little gadgets. They are far from cheap, costing the best part of £500, but for that mighty lump of cash they take one of the worst household chores off your hands.The idea behind... >>

Keeker is the smart robot for the home: A moving projector, speaker, security bot and more

Keeker is the smart robot for the home: A moving projector, speaker, security bot and more

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Keeker could be the first proper robot to grace homes with myriad uses. It's basically a little Star Wars style R2D2 for the real world, minus the weapons.Keeker is primarily a moving projector with surround sound. That means you can send it anywhere... >>

Electrolux Design Lab winner uses gaming to educate in the kitchen

Electrolux Design Lab winner uses gaming to educate in the kitchen

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Electrolux has crowned the Future Hunter-Gatherer concept as the winner of its 2014 Design Lab competition, an annual event that asks design students worldwide to design a concept according to a time-relevant brief.This year's competition featured... >>

Electrolux Design Lab finalists present what the future of your home could look like

Electrolux Design Lab finalists present what the future of your home could look like

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Everyone wonders what the future will hold and while we technically have no idea of knowing for sure, there are people creating concepts everyday that could one day appear.Electrolux runs its Design Lab competition every year where students worldwide... >>

Here are 7 new Quirky+GE smart devices that can automate your home, without breaking the bank

Here are 7 new Quirky+GE smart devices that can automate your home, without breaking the bank

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Quirky and General Electric have unveiled seven new smart devices, and each of them are under $100 and capable of automating your home. Some of them will even interact with smart devices from other companies.New York City-based Quirky is an invention... >>

PantryChic wants to make baking easy while taking away the mess

PantryChic wants to make baking easy while taking away the mess

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Baking is fun, tastes good and can be done by almost anyone. The downside is the boring preparation parts and clean up, or at least it was until the PantryChic arrived.PantryChic is a brilliantly simple idea that appears to have been executed to perfection... >>

Vodafone TV and broadband services to launch in spring 2015

Vodafone TV and broadband services to launch in spring 2015

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Vodafone has announced that it will be entering the TV and broadband service provider market from next spring 2015.Vodafone plans to use the infrastructure of BT and its own business fibre network to offer the service. Exactly what the TV content will... >>

How Withings wants to make a smart home a healthy one

How Withings wants to make a smart home a healthy one

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There are hundreds of gadgets available to help you create a smart home, from heating that knows when you are on your way home, to lighting that you can turn on and off from the comfort of your sofa. But there are also gadgets that help you create a... >>

Five boiling water taps: The hottest thing in your kitchen

Five boiling water taps: The hottest thing in your kitchen

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Most people love a cuppa, whether it's tea, coffee or hot chocolate and even if you don't, chances are you still use a kettle to boil water for some purpose or another.There is an even faster way than waiting for the kettle for your pasta or PG Tips... >>

MAID microwave oven learns your eating habits and suggests your next meal

MAID microwave oven learns your eating habits and suggests your next meal

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The kitchen is an ideal place for smart device innovation, with just about every appliance ripe for a technological boost and connection to the internet.The MAID (Make All Incredible Dishes) Oven is one such device - a microwave oven that will learn your... >>

Samsung WW9000 review: Connected washing machine gives app-control a new spin
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Samsung WW9000 review: Connected washing machine gives app-control a new spin

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A decade ago if someone told you that your washing machine would be connected to the internet so you can control it via your phone you would probably laugh, but by gosh a lot's happened since then. And the Samsung WW9000 is here to show off what's possible.In... >>

Lavazza A Modo Mio Espria review: One button coffee time
3.5 stars

Lavazza A Modo Mio Espria review: One button coffee time

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Lavazza makes good coffee, there is no questioning that, but can the coffee company make a decent machine for under £90 that delivers that perfect cup with minimal fuss?DesignThe Lavazza A Modo Mio Éspria is a simple and compact counter-top coffee machine,... >>

Nest acquires Revolv, maker of smart home automation hub

Nest acquires Revolv, maker of smart home automation hub

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Google-owned Nest has announced it acquired a company that makes smarthome automation devices: Revolv.Although the terms of the acquisition deal were not disclosed, several reports have claimed Nest only wanted the Revolv team for its experience and knowledge... >>

Great digital taps to bring some smart to your kitchen and bathroom

Great digital taps to bring some smart to your kitchen and bathroom

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Kitchens and bathrooms aren't usually the first rooms in the house you would associate with being smart but that's not to say they can't be, in fact you'd be surprised.Digital taps have become more and more popular in public buildings, such as airports... >>

What if your smoke alarm goes off but you're not there? The Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight will text your phone

What if your smoke alarm goes off but you're not there? The Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight will text your phone

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Just about every home has a smoke alarm these days - if you don't, you should - and even just one placed in a house can be quite literally life saving. However, what if there's a fire at your home and you're not there to hear the alarm go off? How would... >>

Dyson's first air multiplier humidifer has ultraviolet light that kills most bacteria

Dyson's first air multiplier humidifer has ultraviolet light that kills most bacteria

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Dyson has a new humidifier that uses the company's Air Multiplier technology to distribute air as well as ultraviolet cleansing to kill bacteria in water.More specifically, the Dyson humidfier can kill 99.9 per cent of bacteria in water and promises to... >>

Honeywell Evohome adds ifttt support, now you can control your heating via an email

Honeywell Evohome adds ifttt support, now you can control your heating via an email

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Honeywell has teamed up with internet of things site If This Then That to offer access to the company's connected thermostats in its Evohome range.The new options, which go live today, will allow ifttt users the chance to set up a number of sequenced... >>

Philips LivingColors Iris review
4.0 stars

Philips LivingColors Iris review

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As the Philips Hue - the intelligent lighting setup that you can control via your smartphone - continues to grow, there are more product options for providing the light.The Iris is yet another one of those options but it also has the benefit of working... >>

Samsung’s Wi-Fi is going to be five times faster, meaning a movie download per second

Samsung’s Wi-Fi is going to be five times faster, meaning a movie download per second

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Samsung is working on the next generation of Wi-Fi that will increase download speeds by five times. This new 60GHz Wi-Fi will mean downloads of up to 575MB per second. Presuming your broadband supports that speed when it arrives, of course.Time to get... >>

Hello Thermostat: Honeywell creates a heating system you can talk to

Hello Thermostat: Honeywell creates a heating system you can talk to

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We doubt that Jean Luc Picard ever had to ask the computer to turn up the heating on the Enterprise, but Honeywell is about to make that a possibility for any would be captain at home with a new thermostat that you can control with your voice.The voice... >>

Tado 2.0: A new thermostat that brings home control to the app-based heating system

Tado 2.0: A new thermostat that brings home control to the app-based heating system

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Tado has moved beyond the smartphone with its latest intelligent heating thermostat, the 2014 version of Tado.Slamming the need for a "Retina display on the wall that is sometimes round", the new system will be simple to read and use. It also promises... >>

The Sub could be the ultimate home draught beer kit, from Apple designer Marc Newson

The Sub could be the ultimate home draught beer kit, from Apple designer Marc Newson

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Could this be the end of the pub? It's certainly a great alternative. The Sub was created by Heineken and Apple designer Marc Newson to offer home draught beer perfection.The Sub launched on 1 October in silver and is now going to be available in a black... >>

Blenders that will give you more than your five a day

Blenders that will give you more than your five a day

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Blenders fall into the category of kitchen gadgets you don't realise you need until you buy one and can't live without it. They come in a range of shapes and sizes, and they will do all sorts from creating cocktail concoctions to making ice cream.We... >>

Honeywell Single Zone Thermostat: Connect your heating to the internet for £139

Honeywell Single Zone Thermostat: Connect your heating to the internet for £139

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Honeywell has debuted a connected thermostat to compete with Nest, and offering those who want to connect their heating to the internet the chance to do so easily and affordably.  It's called Single Zone Thermostat.Ultimately a single zone version of... >>

Epson EcoTank printers promise to last 2 years before needing an ink change

Epson EcoTank printers promise to last 2 years before needing an ink change

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Epson has announced a new range of EcoTank printers which it claims will go a full 2 years before the ink needs to be changed.Of course claiming 2 years is tough as it all depends on how much a person uses the printer. But it's a bold claim that certainly... >>

Move over iBeacon, Philips GPS-like lights pinpoint you indoors to within a 1m

Move over iBeacon, Philips GPS-like lights pinpoint you indoors to within a 1m

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Philips has created a new intelligent lighting system that will let users and retailers pinpoint customers' exact location indoors.The new technology will use lights, a phone camera, and dedicated software that can easily be built into any app, in order... >>

Philips LED carpet lights your way, then disappears just as quick

Philips LED carpet lights your way, then disappears just as quick

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Philips, keen to put lights everywhere, has created a new carpet that will be able to deliver information thanks to LEDs that are built into the fabric and then disappear as if the message never existed. The new carpet, designed in collaboration with... >>

Is Hub by Premier Inn London's most technologically advanced hotel?

Is Hub by Premier Inn London's most technologically advanced hotel?

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Whitbread Hotels, owner of the Premier Inn chain, has opened the doors of its first hotel in a new range of high-tech places to stay.Hub by Premier Inn is swimming in gadgets and smart devices that can be controlled by a guest through a smartphone or... >>

Smanos wants to bring app-controlled security to your home

Smanos wants to bring app-controlled security to your home

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Smanos is hoping to make your home the smartest it can be with its security, monitoring and automation solutions, and we saw a couple of its options during at Computers Unlimited showcase in London.The systems are plug and play so, in theory, you should... >>

Amazon smarthome gadgets incoming, one-touch orders could refill your cupboards

Amazon smarthome gadgets incoming, one-touch orders could refill your cupboards

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Amazon is reportedly going full-bore with hardware as it begins work on gadgets for the smarthome.According to Reuters, Amazon plans to boost its hardware development staff by at least 27 per cent in the next five years. The source claims that Amazon... >>

How to get a smart home: Seven products to get you started

How to get a smart home: Seven products to get you started

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The idea of a smarter home is becoming more desirable, whether it's to help reduce your energy bills or just because you want to be able to control certain factors from the comfort of your sofa, using your smartphone or tablet.If you want a smarthome... >>

Devolo dLAN 500 review: Starter Pack extends home Wi-Fi network with ease
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Devolo dLAN 500 review: Starter Pack extends home Wi-Fi network with ease

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Having recently moved house, we came across a problem: the Wi-Fi signal from our otherwise impressive Virgin Media Superhub 2 wouldn't reach the back bedroom. No internet in bed - that's a serious modern day dilemma.But the solution to boost our Wi-Fi... >>

Control your smarthome with one of Logitech's new Harmony hubs and remotes

Control your smarthome with one of Logitech's new Harmony hubs and remotes

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Logitech figures the idea of smarthomes is here to stay, so it brought out a new line of hub-and-remote systems that can help you control a range of connected devices.Called Harmony Living Home, the line includes three different systems, at three different... >>

Samsung’s Powerbot VR900 could be the new king of robotic vacuum cleaners

Samsung’s Powerbot VR900 could be the new king of robotic vacuum cleaners

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Samsung has announced the Powerbot VR900 robot vacuum cleaner that it claims conquers the limitations of others that have gone before it.The Powerbot VR900 comes with Samsung's Digital Inverter Technology for more powerful suction, an enlarged drum brush... >>

LG Hom-Bot Square robotic vacuum cleaner review
4.0 stars

LG Hom-Bot Square robotic vacuum cleaner review

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Weekly chores are never fun, especially not the one where you have to dig the vacuum cleaner out from the cupboard and give your arm a work out in the process of trying to make your carpet look clean again.Fear not though as robotic vacuum cleaners are... >>

Honeywell reveals how Apple Watch could be even more important than iPhone for smarthome control

Honeywell reveals how Apple Watch could be even more important than iPhone for smarthome control

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One of the main functions of the Apple Watch third-party developers will be looking to exploit is its ability to control and interact with smart appliances and smarthome technology.Honeywell is certainly one of those already working with Apple to utilise... >>

Elgato Eve will help you have a healthy, happy home (hands-on)

Elgato Eve will help you have a healthy, happy home (hands-on)

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Elgato announced a number of new smarthome products during IFA 2014 that will use Apple's new HomeKit platform, which is expected to be announced in further detail soon.The Elgato Avea smart lighting system was one of the new products detailed, along... >>

Exploring LG HomeChat: Is texting appliances the future?

Exploring LG HomeChat: Is texting appliances the future?

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LG announced a service during CES in January that allows you to text your appliances through the LINE messaging app and now we have seen it in action to give you our thoughts on it.LG HomeChat only works with the 2014 range of LG smart appliances,... >>

Panasonic Better Living shows how smart the future home could be

Panasonic Better Living shows how smart the future home could be

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Panasonic had all sorts of exciting products on its stand at this year's IFA but there was a section in the middle that was beyond cool, called Better Living.The enclosed section was set up in the style of an apartment featuring a kitchen, living room... >>

Saeco GranBaristo Avanti: The app-controlled coffee maker that makes a perfect cup every time

Saeco GranBaristo Avanti: The app-controlled coffee maker that makes a perfect cup every time

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Amongst all the TVs, phones, tablets and other gadgets at IFA 2014 in Berlin, it might come as a surprise to learn that one of our favourite products we saw during the show is a coffee maker.However, the Saeco GranBaristo Avanti is no mere Nespresso... >>

Philips Hue Beyond hands-on: App-controlled lighting goes up a level

Philips Hue Beyond hands-on: App-controlled lighting goes up a level

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Philips' Hue lighting system has been phenomenally successful and has expanded greatly since the first app-controlled colour-changing bulbs were released. And the latest addition to the Hue family takes the concept on a stage or two further, with multiple... >>