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What is Tesla Powerwall? Why you need a 10kWh lithium-ion battery in your home

What is Tesla Powerwall? Why you need a 10kWh lithium-ion battery in your home

By Luke Edwards

Tesla Energy has announced its new home battery system called the Powerwall.The Tesla Powerwall battery, which can be placed at homes or in businesses, stores solar energy. The idea is to make people less reliant on the power grid as well as offering... Read more

Smart lighting is here: Five reasons to invest

Smart lighting is here: Five reasons to invest

By Britta O'Boyle

Just as smart heating is a blanket term used to describe connected heating systems that can be controlled using a smartphone, smart lighting is the umbrella term that connected lighting systems fall under.Philips were one of the first to make connected... Read more

Today Tesla wants to change your home: Battery launch imminent

Today Tesla wants to change your home: Battery launch imminent

By Luke Edwards

Tesla is set to launch a brand new product later today at its 30 April event. Invites are out for what is expected to be the launch of a home battery that will change the way you think about power.Until now all we've seen from Tesla is an invite showing... Read more

Tesla 30 April event: New invite teases 'the missing piece'

Tesla 30 April event: New invite teases 'the missing piece'

By Elyse Betters

Tesla has been teasing its upcoming 30 April event for a few weeks now, but that isn't stopped the company from sending out new event invites to the media with a hint meant to whet our appetites.The mostly-white invite appears to show a silhouette of... Read more

Haier Dual-Drum washing machine offers smart control, smart washing flexibility

Haier Dual-Drum washing machine offers smart control, smart washing flexibility

By Chris Hall

Haier introduced its Dual-Drum washing machine at the IFA 2015 Global Press Conference in Malta, a machine comes with plenty of appeal.It might stand slightly taller than a typical appliance, but this Dual-Drum machine brings convenience that should give... Read more

Grundig VUX is the smart kitchen of the future

Grundig VUX is the smart kitchen of the future

By Chris Hall

Grundig today showed off its VUX smart control interface at the IFA 2015 Global Press Conference that uses light projection over traditional buttons. We gave it a try, and it's really clever. Looking to make your connected kitchen even smarter, the VUX... Read more

Hoover Wizard lets you control your entire smart kitchen from your phone and PC

Hoover Wizard lets you control your entire smart kitchen from your phone and PC

By Luke Edwards

Hoover has unleashed its new Wizard range of smart kitchen appliances to let you control it all from your smartphone.Long gone are the days of Hoover just making vacuum cleaners, it's got its sights set on the kitchen now. The Wizard range is Wi-Fi controlled... Read more

Tesla to unveil new super batteries at 30 April event: Time to go off grid?

Tesla to unveil new super batteries at 30 April event: Time to go off grid?

By Luke Edwards

Tesla head honcho Elon Musk announced on twitter that he'd be unveiling new products at a 30 April event. It appears these will be next generation batteries.Jeff Evanson, Tesla investor relations, says we can expect to see a pair of new batteries unveiled... Read more

Ikea thinks in 2025 we'll be cooking on tables that project recipes and more

Ikea thinks in 2025 we'll be cooking on tables that project recipes and more

By Elyse Betters

Ikea dreamed up a concept kitchen for this year's Milan design week, giving the world a look at how Ikea products - combined with realistic technology - could revolutionise how we cook up dinner in 2025.Ikea put the concept, called Ikea Temporary, on... Read more

Smart heating is here: Five reasons to invest

Smart heating is here: Five reasons to invest

By Britta O'Boyle

Smart heating is the umbrella term used for the latest heating set ups that not only allow you to control the temperature throughout your home from your smartphone, but some will also automatically learn and adjust to your weekly or daily routines.The... Read more

How to make your home smart for under £500

How to make your home smart for under £500

By Britta O'Boyle

Connected homes are fast becoming more and more popular and chances are if you are reading this feature, you're either interested in making your home smarter, or you want to know what is available to help you do it. There are hundreds of products out... Read more

The smarthome is now

The smarthome is now

By Britta O'Boyle

The term smarthome has been kicking around for a few years. It once referred to the stuff of dreams, fantasies and more importantly, the future. But that's no longer the case as the smarthome is very much the here and now.We might still be a few decades... Read more

Dyson's AM09 bladeless fan can blow warm or cold air in two different ways

Dyson's AM09 bladeless fan can blow warm or cold air in two different ways

By Elyse Betters

Dyson has unveiled its latest blade-less fan, and it's powered by something called "Jet Focus technology".According to the home appliance maker, the new fan, called AM09, is capable of both heating and cooling your whole room as well as focusing on you.... Read more

Dyson AM09: The all-weather bladeless fan gets a tidy update (hands-on)

Dyson AM09: The all-weather bladeless fan gets a tidy update (hands-on)

By Rik Henderson

Dyson has updated its bladeless Hot + Cool fan technology to devise a new model that not only blows warm or cold air into a room as the AM05 we saw in 2013, but also has two ways it can stream the air so it can be focused either at an individual or spread... Read more

Meld Knob and Clip make your hob smart for perfect poached eggs every time, and more

Meld Knob and Clip make your hob smart for perfect poached eggs every time, and more

By Luke Edwards

Meld makes the bold promise of creating the perfect meal every time you use your hob. It does this using an intelligent temperature sensor and automatic knob adjuster in combination with an app.Meld, which has currently raised over $72,000 of its $50,000... Read more

Philips Hue Go: The portable, colourful and independent addition to Hue lighting system (hands-on)

Philips Hue Go: The portable, colourful and independent addition to Hue lighting system (hands-on)

By Mike Lowe

Philips Hue, the adjustable lighting system that can be colour and luminance controlled via your smart device, is expanding, with the new Hue Go portable offering a slightly different stance to the range.With the majority of Hue products you require a... Read more

Press to buy: Amazon Dash Buttons can fit anywhere and order specific products

Press to buy: Amazon Dash Buttons can fit anywhere and order specific products

By Elyse Betters

Amazon just made a button that you can attach anywhere and press just once to order something specific.It's called Dash Button, and it features a reusable adhesive as well as a hook, so you can place it on a wall, table, appliance, or wherever you prefer.... Read more

Nest thermostats missed the British Summer Time clock change

Nest thermostats missed the British Summer Time clock change

By Luke Edwards

Nest smart thermostats aren't as clever as they claim after failing to adapt to the British Summer Time clock change.After the clocks changed by an hour this weekend Nest thermostat owners took to forums to register their complaints.The Google-owned... Read more

Vax Air Revolve Pet review: The funky, new-wave vacuum cleaner
4.5 stars

Vax Air Revolve Pet review: The funky, new-wave vacuum cleaner

By Mike Lowe

Builder's dust. If you know it well, then you know just what it can do. And having caused our previous vacuum cleaner to meet an early grave, we needed a new and powerful lil sucker to replace it.Enter the Vax Air Revolve Pet, a bagless vacuum cleaner... Read more

Dyson's $15M investment into Sakti3 will bring solid state batteries to its cordless vacuums

Dyson's $15M investment into Sakti3 will bring solid state batteries to its cordless vacuums

By Elyse Betters

Dyson is investing millions into solid state batteries, so that it's next range of cordless vacuums will get a powerful boost.Michigan-based Sakti3 is a battery company, which has received backing from GM's venture capital unit, and it specialises in... Read more

Dyson V6 Absolute: The mother of all cordless vacuum cleaners (hands-on)

Dyson V6 Absolute: The mother of all cordless vacuum cleaners (hands-on)

By Rik Henderson

Dyson has reinvigorated its cordless vacuum cleaner range with two new models this month, one designed for more aggressive home spillages with a nylon cleaning head - the V6 Fluffy - and one that is the top of the line, that suits any floor you happen... Read more

Dyson V6 Absolute and Fluffy take cordless vacuums to an all-new level

Dyson V6 Absolute and Fluffy take cordless vacuums to an all-new level

By Rik Henderson

Thanks to the demands of a modern lifestyle, cordless vacuum cleaners are growing in popularity, especially since battery life has been dramatically improved in recent times. And one of the manufacturers that has striven to ensure that its machines are... Read more

Piper nv smarthome camera system doesn't just see burglars, it scares them away (hands-on)

Piper nv smarthome camera system doesn't just see burglars, it scares them away (hands-on)

By Britta O'Boyle

Icontrol Networks has announced a new Piper at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, building on the original all-in-one home security and video monitoring system.The new model, called Piper nv, introduces a new camera system and night vision to the... Read more

Philips Hue Phoenix is a new range of smart lamps that glow every shade of white light

Philips Hue Phoenix is a new range of smart lamps that glow every shade of white light

By Elyse Betters

Mobile World Congress couldn't be described as a true industry conference if Philips didn't stop by to unveil its latest effort in the smart lighting market, called Philips Hue Phoenix.Phoenix, which is a new range of white ambience-connected lamps, looks... Read more

Ikea brings wireless charging furniture to the UK as part of new 'Home Smart' plan

Ikea brings wireless charging furniture to the UK as part of new 'Home Smart' plan

By Elyse Betters

Swedish home furnishing retailer Ikea has unleashed a range of furniture with built-in wireless charging spots.The range will be soon available in the UK, and the idea is that it should conveniently help you charge your mobile devices while at home. Ikea... Read more

Sesame is a smart lock that lets you open doors with a custom knock

Sesame is a smart lock that lets you open doors with a custom knock

By Elyse Betters

We can't wait for a day when all of our homes and devices and appliances and doors and windows and cars and lives will be smart and automated. That's why it's exciting when new projects for internet-connected stuff like Sesame land on Kickstarter.Sesame... Read more

What is IFTTT and how does it work?

What is IFTTT and how does it work?

By Elyse Betters

The internet is a wonderful thing chock-full of fun and useful experiences, but it can also complicate our lives.With so many websites and apps in the world, you've probably experienced difficulty in managing them or even completing basic tasks. Luckily... Read more

Withings Home review: More than just a smart camera
4.0 stars

Withings Home review: More than just a smart camera

By Britta O'Boyle

Withings is better known for its health monitoring devices, but activity trackers and smart scales aren't the only pies it has its fingers in. The Withings Home is an HD camera with air quality sensors that allow you to monitor your home using an accompanying... Read more

British Gas to acquire AlertMe for £44 million, expand Hive offerings

British Gas to acquire AlertMe for £44 million, expand Hive offerings

By Chris Hall

British Gas has announced that it is to acquire AlertMe, the company that powers its Hive Active Heating, in a deal worth £44 million. This figure includes the 21 per cent holding that British Gas already has in AlertMe, bringing AlertMe's total valuation... Read more

iSheep are real: Internet-connected sheep are roaming Wales

iSheep are real: Internet-connected sheep are roaming Wales

By Chris Hall

Researchers in North Wales have created a flock of iSheep - sheep connected to the internet - in the latest twist on the internet of things.Using a small tracker, the idea is to enable a farmer to keep track of the flock, and stop rogue sheep wandering... Read more

Hotel's 'Dot.com Detox package' claims to tackle harmful effects of modern tech

Hotel's 'Dot.com Detox package' claims to tackle harmful effects of modern tech

By Elyse Betters

You've probably heard of high-tech hotels with robots and all sorts of machinery and software designed to help you live in the lap of space-age luxury for a night or two, but there's another type of hotel for those wanting the exact opposite.Myhotels... Read more

Vax Cordless vacuum cleaners just got a whole lot more convenient (hands-on)

Vax Cordless vacuum cleaners just got a whole lot more convenient (hands-on)

By Chris Hall

Vax has been offering cordless cleaners for some time, but in 2015, they are coming with a twist on the format. Welcome, then, the Air Cordless Lift and the Air Cordless Switch. The Air Cordless might sound familiar because we reviewed it in 2014 and... Read more

Vax AirRevolve is the funkiest vacuum cleaner we've ever seen

Vax AirRevolve is the funkiest vacuum cleaner we've ever seen

By Chris Hall

Of all domestic gadgetry, it seems that the humble vacuum cleaner is a hotbed of design innovation. We've seen these domestic necessaries move from a boring upright or cylinder cleaners into eye-catching design pieces.The Vax AirRevolve, however, has... Read more

What comes next after we're done with the Internet of Things? Intel gives us some clues

What comes next after we're done with the Internet of Things? Intel gives us some clues

By Stuart Miles

What's going to be the next big thing after the Internet of Things? It might be a massive trend right now, but once the standards have been cracked and every device and appliance you own is connected to the cloud and each other, eyes will be looking... Read more

BT G.fast broadband trials will hit 500Mbps this summer, 1Gbps in future

BT G.fast broadband trials will hit 500Mbps this summer, 1Gbps in future

By Rik Henderson

As part of its latest financial results unveiling BT has revealed that it will be testing 500Mbps broadband in two pilot locations in the UK this summer. The technology used is to be called G.fast and BT explains that it will enable "most homes" in the... Read more

Luna mattress cover tracks your sleep and controls your smarthome at night

Luna mattress cover tracks your sleep and controls your smarthome at night

By Elyse Betters

Just when you thought there was an internet-connected device for every type of mundane task, such as locking your door or setting the temperature, a smart mattress comes along capable of doing all those things as well as monitoring your sleep habits.... Read more

Misfit Flash is no longer just a fitness tracker but also a smarthome remote control

Misfit Flash is no longer just a fitness tracker but also a smarthome remote control

By Elyse Betters

Misfit wants you to use $50 entry-level Flash fitness tracker like a smarthome remote control.Starting in March, Flash will be able to interact with numerous apps and smart device with a touch of a button. The company demonstrated how to control its new... Read more

If you got an old Dropcam, you can get a free upgrade to an HD one from Nest

If you got an old Dropcam, you can get a free upgrade to an HD one from Nest

By Elyse Betters

There's a lot of risk involved when it comes to being an early adopter of technology, but sometimes, it can also be rewarding. Nest, for instance, has announced a replacement program that's all about helping owners of the original Dropcam and Dropcam... Read more

LG RoboSense CordZero will stalk you like a creepy vacuum cleaner

LG RoboSense CordZero will stalk you like a creepy vacuum cleaner

By Britta O'Boyle

LG announced a new vacuum cleaner called CordZero at its annual InnoFest conference, which took place this year in Lisbon, Portugal.The CordZero is a cordless canister vacuum cleaner that is not only power cord free, as the name would suggest, but it... Read more

LG Styler will freshen your clothes to save washing and ironing (hands-on)

LG Styler will freshen your clothes to save washing and ironing (hands-on)

By Britta O'Boyle

LG announced an updated model of its LG Styler at CES 2015 and we managed to get a quick look at it in action during the company's InnoFest conference in Portugal. The LG Styler is a clothing management system designed to refresh clothes without detergents... Read more

Could LG's new smarthome strategy bring about a unified platform for the Internet of Things?

Could LG's new smarthome strategy bring about a unified platform for the Internet of Things?

By Britta O'Boyle

One of the problems with the smarthome sector at present is that everybody seems to be doing their own thing. There is no unified platform that ensures products from different manufacturers all work together. However, LG is making strides to bring something... Read more

Sony's Symphonic Light and Life Space UX concept are set to make your home well-lit and futuristic (eyes-on)

Sony's Symphonic Light and Life Space UX concept are set to make your home well-lit and futuristic (eyes-on)

By Elyse Betters

Who knew Sony liked lighting so much?After the company's CES event, Sony gave Pocket-lint a tour of its new Life Space UX concept which included an apartment-type setup filled with interactive lights, minimalist speakers, app-controlled projectors, and... Read more

Misfit Bolt smart bulb offers millions of colours, Shine sleep-sensing compatibility

Misfit Bolt smart bulb offers millions of colours, Shine sleep-sensing compatibility

By Britta O'Boyle

Misfit has announced a wirelessly connected colour-changing smart bulb called Bolt at CES 2015, looking to take on the likes of Philips Hue and Elgato.The Misfit Bolt can be controlled using the Misfit Home app, which will be available on Android and... Read more

Honeywell's new Lyric home security system lets you keep your house safe with voice commands

Honeywell's new Lyric home security system lets you keep your house safe with voice commands

By Elyse Betters

Honeywell is showing off a new Lyric-branded product at CES 2015, with the goal of helping you remotely control your home and its security.The new product is what Honeywell described as a "professional-grade home security system," because it features... Read more

A bright idea? Qualcomm creates smart chip for light bulbs to take on Philips Hue

A bright idea? Qualcomm creates smart chip for light bulbs to take on Philips Hue

By Stuart Miles

Qualcomm has created an all-in-one chip module for the humble light bulb that means any company will be able to step into the Internet of Things arena by making and selling a connected lightbulb.The module was unveiled at CES 2015 in Las Vegas and it... Read more

Belkin WeMo sensors will now let you track your house and those that are in it

Belkin WeMo sensors will now let you track your house and those that are in it

By Stuart Miles

Belkin has launched a range of sensors that will allow you to monitor your home and those that are in it all from afar.The new range of sensors, that span motion sensors, door sensors, and even a keychain that tells you when someone is at home, are due... Read more

Struggling to stay on top of the laundry? LG Twin Wash System comes with two drums to ease the load

Struggling to stay on top of the laundry? LG Twin Wash System comes with two drums to ease the load

By Stuart Miles

According to LG, today's laundry is really a complicated game of chess. This tough battlefield, which isn't just about "colours vs whites" is so hard that it has forced the company to launch a new twin washing machine at CES in Las Vegas to combat this... Read more