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Amazon Echo will soon let you control SmartThings devices with your voice

Amazon Echo will soon let you control SmartThings devices with your voice

By Elyse Betters

Samsung-owned SmartThings will soon work with Amazon Echo, according to the company's now-unpublished blog post.The smart home platform is getting ready to release a second-generation home automation hub in September, and to complement the release of... Read more

Google's OnHub smart Wi-Fi router might actually excite you

Google's OnHub smart Wi-Fi router might actually excite you

By Elyse Betters

We've all been there. Your internet isn't working at home, so you resort to unplugging and then re-plugging in your Wi-Fi router. Maybe that'll do the trick... or maybe it won't. It's just one of life's mysteries.But Google has developed a new product... Read more

Tado has new zoned-heating and AC smart controls, will show them at IFA

Tado has new zoned-heating and AC smart controls, will show them at IFA

By Elyse Betters

German company Tado has announced new remote controls for radiators and floor heaters, and it plans to showcase these zoned-heating products at this year’s IFA show in Berlin.Zoned heating lets you heat individual rooms or floors in your house. The... Read more

What is the Nebia shower? Save money, intensify showers, help the planet

What is the Nebia shower? Save money, intensify showers, help the planet

By Luke Edwards

Nebia aims to reinvent the shower, something which hasn't changed for over a century. The new shower will not only feel better but should save 70 per cent of the water a current shower uses. That means saving you money and helping the environment.Nebia... Read more

Electrolux HP+ wearable concept projects on the hand to make learning fun

Electrolux HP+ wearable concept projects on the hand to make learning fun

By Luke Edwards

The idea of making the world into a giant game, to help children learn, is far from new – but making it a wearable projector is certainly novel.The Electrolux HP+ is a concept design that's in the runnings of the Electrolux Design Lab competition for... Read more

Netatmo Welcome review: Big Brother is watching and knows who you are
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Netatmo Welcome review: Big Brother is watching and knows who you are

By Britta O'Boyle

Smarthome cameras are funny things, always on and always watching. Some love the idea of them, while others are less keen – and we can understand why they divide opinion. It's that thought of being spied on by parents, partners or family members.Of... Read more

BT hopes to offer 500Mbps broadband to most UK homes, starts trial soon

BT hopes to offer 500Mbps broadband to most UK homes, starts trial soon

By Rik Henderson

BT begins the first large-scale trials of its G.fast broadband technology in August, which is the first step, it says, to introducing up to 500Mbps ultrafast speeds across the UK in future.It will start to roll out the new technology in the country from... Read more

Hive Active Heating 2 adds multi-zone support, heating boost, more

Hive Active Heating 2 adds multi-zone support, heating boost, more

By Chris Hall

Hive has today announced Active Heating 2, with a brand new smart thermostat and a range of new features for your smart heating system.Through an update to the app, Hive is going to enable many of the new features for existing Hive customers, as well... Read more

Hive will add connected cameras, Honeycomb platform offers third-party support

Hive will add connected cameras, Honeycomb platform offers third-party support

By Chris Hall

Hive from British Gas has made a sweeping run of announcements today, including Active Heating 2 with a new smart thermostat and a full family of smarthome products, designed to make every home connected. One of the things that hasn't been announced... Read more

Hive turns up the heat on smarthomes: Door sensors, motion detectors, smart plugs, IFTTT-style recipes join the system

Hive turns up the heat on smarthomes: Door sensors, motion detectors, smart plugs, IFTTT-style recipes join the system

By Chris Hall

Hive by British Gas today announced an expansion into the smarthome, reaching beyond heating and hot water.With an aim of connecting as many houses in the UK as possible, Hive has announced a full family of complimentary products, all of which can be... Read more

This is the new Hive smart thermostat, and it's awesome

This is the new Hive smart thermostat, and it's awesome

By Chris Hall

Hive has announced Active Heating 2, outlining the future for the connected heating system, with an expansion into the connected home.At the core of Active Heating 2 is this new thermostat, a replacement for the digital thermostat box of the original... Read more

Which Honeywell heating system is best for you? Evohome vs Voice Controlled vs Single Zone Thermostat

Which Honeywell heating system is best for you? Evohome vs Voice Controlled vs Single Zone Thermostat

By Britta O'Boyle

Honeywell is a company with its fingers in several pies, one of which is smart heating. There are several systems available on the market that will make turning your heating on or off and make scheduling it much easier, whether you pick Honeywell, or... Read more

How to make your home smart for under £1500

How to make your home smart for under £1500

By Britta O'Boyle

Connected homes are fast becoming the thing to have as more and more devices appear hoping to make your home life easier, simpler and smarter. There is everything from appliances to heating, lighting and other gadgets available, all of which can be remotely... Read more

Amazon Echo now works with Wink, control your smart devices with voice

Amazon Echo now works with Wink, control your smart devices with voice

By Elyse Betters

Amazon Echo just got even cooler than it already was, thanks to a new update that brought support for Wink devices.We recently reviewed the Echo and fell in love with the Bluetooth speaker's Alexa voice assistant. You can ask her to stream music, fetch... Read more

Panasonic Smart Home system wants to keep your house and shed safe

Panasonic Smart Home system wants to keep your house and shed safe

By Chris Hall

Panasonic has announced that its Smart Home system is coming to the UK, looking to provide another solution for security, monitoring and smart control. Panasonic's system offers a range of components that all link to a central hub using DECT ULE. Panasonic... Read more

Real-life smarthome: What is it really like living with Honeywell, Nest, Tado, Hive, Philips Hue, Netatmo and Withings?

Real-life smarthome: What is it really like living with Honeywell, Nest, Tado, Hive, Philips Hue, Netatmo and Withings?

By Britta O'Boyle

The smarthome is no longer the subject of dreams - it is very much the here and now. There are numerous products and devices out there that will turn your house into a clever one, from smartphone-controlled lights to heating and cameras.But what is it... Read more

5 crazy smarthome gadgets you didn’t know you needed

5 crazy smarthome gadgets you didn’t know you needed

By Britta O'Boyle

A smarthome can be made up of all sorts of wonderful gadgets, from smartphone controlled heating and lighting, to cameras, colourful garden lights, robot hoovers and clever washing machines.There aren't just wonderful products out there for the smarthome... Read more

Alexa, the brains behind Amazon Echo, wants to take over all your connected devices

Alexa, the brains behind Amazon Echo, wants to take over all your connected devices

By Chris Hall

It's no coincidence that Amazon has made its Echo smart device available to all recently: today Amazon has made another significant announcement in the future of device voice control. Amazon is offering Alexa for integration into third-party devices. Amazon... Read more

Twist combines a smart LED lamp with an Airplay-controlled speaker

Twist combines a smart LED lamp with an Airplay-controlled speaker

By Elyse Betters

A speaker lamp has just become available for pre-order, and it seems like the ideal way to get into home automation without going totally overboard on apps, hubs, and other internet-connected gear.We've seen plenty of major technology companies - such... Read more

Hoover Wizard Wi-Fi enabled appliances explored: Bringing the smart kitchen from dream to reality

Hoover Wizard Wi-Fi enabled appliances explored: Bringing the smart kitchen from dream to reality

By Britta O'Boyle

Hoover is a brand that is better known for its vacuum cleaners, trademarking the Hoover name and meaning everyone else in the business of floor cleaning wonders call them something else. But it isn't just Hoovers that Hoover do.In fact, it has been kicking... Read more

5 gadgets to make your garden as smart as your home

5 gadgets to make your garden as smart as your home

By Britta O'Boyle

Smarthome gadgets are all the rage at the moment. There are plenty of options to make your kitchen, living room, bedrooms and bathrooms smart, but a smarthome doesn't need to stop at the patio doors. There are also numerous gadgets out there that will... Read more

What is Nest Aware?

What is Nest Aware?

By Chris Hall

Nest has just announced a run of updates to its smarthome devices, including a new Nest Protect, a redesigned app, some new feature updates and Nest Cam, a connected home camera.Nest Cam offers a minimalist metal body, a magnetic base for easy mounting... Read more

5 reasons why the summer is a good time to buy a smart thermostat

5 reasons why the summer is a good time to buy a smart thermostat

By Britta O'Boyle

Summer has finally arrived and even if the sun is a little temperamental when it comes to keeping its hat on, you have probably turned the heating off in your home.In fact, one of the last things you are likely to be thinking about is your heating. But... Read more

Nest Cam is now official: Dropcam gets redesigned

Nest Cam is now official: Dropcam gets redesigned

By Chris Hall

Nest has today announced Nest Cam, its redeveloped version of Dropcam. However, Nest has added a lot of enhancements to the new Nest Cam.Firstly, the design is more versatile, using a zinc alloy stand, with new mounting options, including a standard tripod... Read more

Second-generation Nest Protect announced

Second-generation Nest Protect announced

By Chris Hall

A second generation Nest Protect has been introduced today, as Nest announced sweeping updates to its connected home devices.The second-gen Nest Protect comes with added sensors, to make it better at detecting fast and slow burning fires. Using what... Read more

8 smarthome gadgets to look forward to

8 smarthome gadgets to look forward to

By Britta O'Boyle

Home automation gadgets have really taken off in the last couple of years, with plenty of devices already available to turn your house into a smart one. It's a hot topic at the moment with lots of companies hopping on the smarthome bandwagon and products... Read more

Make your home smart and secure with these five security systems

Make your home smart and secure with these five security systems

By Britta O'Boyle

A smart home can be made up of all sorts of gadgets and systems from smart cameras, to smart heating and lighting. Whether you have just one smart light bulb, or ten security cameras, you've invested money in your home so you probably want to protect... Read more

Tesla isn't the only car maker doing home batteries, Mercedes-Benz is too

Tesla isn't the only car maker doing home batteries, Mercedes-Benz is too

By Elyse Betters

Tesla and Mercedes-Benz are going toe-to-toe over something unrelated to cars.Tesla shook up both the electric car and smarthome industries in April by unveiling the Tesla Powerwall battery, which can be placed at homes or in businesses in order to store... Read more

June is a high-tech smart oven and the brainchild of former Apple engineers

June is a high-tech smart oven and the brainchild of former Apple engineers

By Elyse Betters

Imagine a smart oven with a Nvidia Tegra K1, 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 5-inch touchscreen, full HD camera, Wi-Fi connectivity, and built-in digital scale. Oh, and it gets over-the-air software updates.That's what Matt Van Horn and Nikhil Bhogal have... Read more

Apple HomeKit: 6 compatible devices coming before the end of 2015

Apple HomeKit: 6 compatible devices coming before the end of 2015

By Britta O'Boyle

Apple's HomeKit was first announced a year ago at Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in 2014. The idea was to simplify home automation and allow you to have wireless and electronic control of your home and lots of things in it.It has taken a while... Read more

Here are 9 ways to control your heating through your smartwatch

Here are 9 ways to control your heating through your smartwatch

By Britta O'Boyle

There are a number of smart heating systems available now, all of which allow you to remotely control your heating and even your hot water depending on which system you have, anytime and anywhere.This control started on smartphones and tablets, but some... Read more

Nest is holding an event on 17 June: What might it unveil?

Nest is holding an event on 17 June: What might it unveil?

By Elyse Betters

Nest has just sent out press invites to an event scheduled for 17 June.The event is expected to be all about new products, and if that's true, it would be the first major event for the company since Google bought it over a year ago. Nest hasn't confirmed... Read more

Playbulb wants to bring Hue-like skills to your garden

Playbulb wants to bring Hue-like skills to your garden

By Chris Hall

Summer has arrived and as we sit in the garden quaffing the country's dwindling supply of Prosecco, there's one thing missing: smartphone-controlled coloured LED lighting. Fortunately, Playbulb has you covered with the Playbulb Garden. This solar-powered... Read more

Tado Smart AC Control now available, makes any RC air conditioning app-controlled

Tado Smart AC Control now available, makes any RC air conditioning app-controlled

By Rik Henderson

Tado, the company behind the Smart Thermostat that controls the temperature in a home via an iPhone or Android app, has now launched its Smart AC Control system, which has the added benefit of working with existing air conditioning controllers.If your... Read more

Got a smartwatch? Here is how to control your smart lighting from your wrist

Got a smartwatch? Here is how to control your smart lighting from your wrist

By Britta O'Boyle

Smartwatches are becoming more popular and whether you like them or not, they are now becoming devices that do a lot more than just track your activity and deliver notifications from your smartphone.You can also control your lighting from your smartwatch,... Read more

Musio is a cute AI robot that shares emotions, assists, and controls your home

Musio is a cute AI robot that shares emotions, assists, and controls your home

By Elyse Betters

Artificially-intelligent robots are about to hit the market. Well, actually, a very early version one of might launch.A software firm called AKAStudy has introduced Musio, an Android-based robot. It uses the company's machine learning and natural language... Read more

Honeywell Evohome vs British Gas Hive Active Heating: What’s the difference?

Honeywell Evohome vs British Gas Hive Active Heating: What’s the difference?

By Britta O'Boyle

Smart heating systems are great, but there are now a number of options available, all of which have their own advantages and disadvantages.Choosing between them and finding the system that will suit your needs best can be difficult as it will depend on... Read more

Osram's Lightify is Philips Hue's biggest competitor yet: Here is everything you need to know

Osram's Lightify is Philips Hue's biggest competitor yet: Here is everything you need to know

By Britta O'Boyle

Osram isn't a new player to the lighting market by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, the German company has been established for around 100 years and CEO of its Lightify Innoventure Group company, Timon Rupp, claims as many as every second lightbulb... Read more

Brillo confirmed: Google's ecosystem to make the Internet of Things work

Brillo confirmed: Google's ecosystem to make the Internet of Things work

By Rik Henderson

Google has announced its Project Brillo program that it hopes will become the underlying ecosystem that makes the Internet of Things possible.Speaking during the Google I/O developers conference, Sundar Pichai, the company's senior vice president of... Read more

6 things you didn't know you could do with a smarthome

6 things you didn't know you could do with a smarthome

By Britta O'Boyle

There are numerous elements that contribute to a smarthome from heating and lighting to connected speakers and cameras. It will depend on how much of your house has been transformed into a smart one as to how much you will be able to do with it, but... Read more

What is Google Brillo and when will it arrive?

What is Google Brillo and when will it arrive?

By Elyse Betters

Just last week Qualcomm was announcing a plan to get its chips into smart devices designed for the Internet of Things, and now Google is reportedly developing an operating system that they can run.It is allegedly gearing up to release the new software... Read more

Honeywell Lyric vs Google Nest: What's the difference?

Honeywell Lyric vs Google Nest: What's the difference?

By Britta O'Boyle

Honeywell offers a couple of smart heating systems within its portfolio including the multi-zone Evohome and the Single Zone Thermostat. It also has another number up its sleeve though - known as Lyric - and while this smart thermostat is only available... Read more

Calorie counting just got easy, Situ smart scale even tracks vitamin intake

Calorie counting just got easy, Situ smart scale even tracks vitamin intake

By Luke Edwards

We got our hands on the Situ Bluetooth smart scale to see just how it can help you lose weight, get healthier and make being food conscious easy.The idea behind the kickstarted Situ is to offer clear and accurate measurements of what you're putting into... Read more

Honeywell Evohome vs Tado 2.0: What’s the difference?

Honeywell Evohome vs Tado 2.0: What’s the difference?

By Britta O'Boyle

There are several smart heating systems available, all of which offer the ability to control your heating remotely from a smartphone or tablet.Each system also has a variety of features though, and it will depend on what it is you want from your heating... Read more

6 must-have smart bathroom gadgets that are available now

6 must-have smart bathroom gadgets that are available now

By Britta O'Boyle

Of all the rooms in your house, the bathroom probably isn't top of the priority list for splashing cash on gadgets, seeing as most of your time is probably spent elsewhere unless you are an avid bubble bath fan.But that's not to say the bathroom doesn't... Read more

Sony’s Hue-like bulbs go one better, they have Bluetooth speakers in

Sony’s Hue-like bulbs go one better, they have Bluetooth speakers in

By Rik Henderson

Sony Japan has announced the consumer release of an app-controlled light bulb that has a Bluetooth speaker inside, so you can have music and suitable ambient lighting come from the same source.Having been first unveiled at IFA in Berlin last year as part... Read more

How to make your home smart for under £1000

How to make your home smart for under £1000

By Britta O'Boyle

A smarthome is no longer a distant dream of the future, it is very much something you can achieve now, whether you have a little bit of spare cash, or a lot.There are plenty of ways, devices and products that can all contribute to making your home a... Read more

IFTTT compatible hardware: 25 devices to recipe your life

IFTTT compatible hardware: 25 devices to recipe your life

By Britta O'Boyle

IFTTT works on the statement: If This Then That, and it's a service that is commonly associated with the smarthome and connected devices. IFTTT allows you to create what the company calls "recipes" between what it refers to as "channels".In English,... Read more

11 recipes to make heating control simpler with IFTTT

11 recipes to make heating control simpler with IFTTT

By Britta O'Boyle

IFTTT is a service you may have heard us talk about in the past when it comes to smarthome. It's based on the statement: If This Then That, and it doesn't get anywhere near the amount of credit it deserves. This service has the ability to tie everything... Read more

GE to make HomeKit-enabled LED lights that change colours and help you sleep

GE to make HomeKit-enabled LED lights that change colours and help you sleep

By Elyse Betters

GE has announced it will create smart lighting with support for Apple's HomeKit.The company wants to develop colour-changing LED lightbulbs that'll also include GE's Align technology, which is designed to improve sleep patterns by controlling blue light... Read more