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Neato Botvac Connected review: Will Dyson get dumped?
4.5 stars

Neato Botvac Connected review: Will Dyson get dumped?

By Britta O'Boyle

The Neato Botvac Connected is by no means the first robot vacuum cleaner to grace us with its presence and it isn't likely to be the last, but it does offer something different to many of its competitors: Wi-Fi.The Botvac Connected, once paired to a... Read more

Nuyu Sleep System heats and cool with your body for the perfect night's kip

Nuyu Sleep System heats and cool with your body for the perfect night's kip

By Luke Edwards

Health tracking is all good and well but it's what we do with the data that matters. Sleep tracking is one area where this is tough to do much. Health o Meter Nuyu wants to change that.Tracking light and deep sleep can allow for smart alarms that wake... Read more

Hive Active Heating 2.0 review: Style meets connected practicality
4.5 stars

Hive Active Heating 2.0 review: Style meets connected practicality

By Chris Hall

Of all the services offering to take control of your heating, Hive is probably the system that has the highest profile. That's in no small part due to plenty of marketing and a brand name that's instantly recognisable: British Gas.Hive Active Heating... Read more

Canary All-In-One Home Security review: A bird in the hand
4.0 stars

Canary All-In-One Home Security review: A bird in the hand

By Dan Sung

What goes on in your house when you're not there? That's the question that Canary is here to answer with its £159 smart home security system.It sits at home and watches. It watches for movement and, should it sense some kind of tremor in the Force, it... Read more

Check out the stunning Electrolux Design Lab finalists, they could improve your family life

Check out the stunning Electrolux Design Lab finalists, they could improve your family life

By Britta O'Boyle

Electrolux holds a global competition called Design Lab every year, which sees design students from all over the world come up with some weird and wonderful, time-relevant concepts for future homes.The competition presents what you could see in a smarthome... Read more

Siri, turn off my lights: Philips Hue with Hue Bridge 2.0 tested

Siri, turn off my lights: Philips Hue with Hue Bridge 2.0 tested

By Stuart Miles

Philips has introduced a new bridge for the Hue lighting system that adds Apple HomeKit functionality to the experience. The move means Apple users can now simply tell their lights to do things without touching their phone, opening the app, or pressing... Read more

Nest Weave makes Yale Linus smartphone controlled lock possible

Nest Weave makes Yale Linus smartphone controlled lock possible

By Luke Edwards

Nest has announced that as part of its Works with Nest system a new protocol will be introduced that makes everything more smart and secure. Enter the smart Linus lock from Yale that you can control with your smartphone.Nest Weave is the new system that... Read more

Osram Lightify review: Lights out for Philips Hue?
4.0 stars

Osram Lightify review: Lights out for Philips Hue?

By Britta O'Boyle

Go back five years and you would have probably laughed if someone told you smartphone or smartwatch-controlled lighting in your home, such as the Osram Lightify, would be a thing one day. Well it is a thing now, and a big thing at that.Philips Hue launched... Read more

Withings teams up with Spotify to wake you up before you go go

Withings teams up with Spotify to wake you up before you go go

By Britta O'Boyle

Withings has used IFA 2015 to announce a partnership with Spotify for its Aura sleep systems, with an aim to offer users a "complete wake up and sleep experience".Both the Aura Total sleep System and the Aura Connected Alarm Clock will now feature Spotify... Read more

Philips Hue wireless dimming kit and Striplight Plus, in pictures

Philips Hue wireless dimming kit and Striplight Plus, in pictures

By Luke Edwards

Philips Hue lighting is evolving ever further to offer more controls and wider variation. That's apparent in the latest Hue wireless dimming kit and Striplight Plus.The Philips Hue dimming kit works with a Hue bulb. This connects wirelessly and allows... Read more

Netatmo adds Wind Gauge to Weather Station for Smartphone

Netatmo adds Wind Gauge to Weather Station for Smartphone

By Britta O'Boyle

Netatmo has announced a Wind Gauge to join its Weather Station for Smartphone, at IFA 2015 in Berlin.The Wind Gauge will allow users to measure the wind's speed, as you might have guessed from the name, meaning those into outdoor activities will have... Read more

Neato Botvac Connected takes cleaning commands from your phone

Neato Botvac Connected takes cleaning commands from your phone

By Britta O'Boyle

Neato Robotics has added to its portfolio of robotic vacuum cleaners with the launch of the Neato Botvac Connected model, which as you might have guessed from the name is Wi-Fi enabled.The Neato Botvac Connected doesn't just clean your floors on its own,... Read more

Philips Hue to be Apple HomeKit enabled, this is the hub you’ll need

Philips Hue to be Apple HomeKit enabled, this is the hub you’ll need

By Rik Henderson

The Philips Hue connected lighting system is set to be compatible with Apple's HomeKit platform.Philips has already confirmed as much, although now we have a leaked image of the network bridge needed to make it work, and the prospective price.The HomeKit... Read more

Tado aims squarely at Nest by joining IFTTT and tackling heating zones

Tado aims squarely at Nest by joining IFTTT and tackling heating zones

By Britta O'Boyle

Smart heating company Tado first launched back in 2012, delivering a system that used your smartphone's location to control your heating. It didn't have as many fancy features as the likes of Honeywell's Evohome, but it offered a solution for those that... Read more

Pop a Samsung SleepSense under your mattress and it could help you get a better night's rest

Pop a Samsung SleepSense under your mattress and it could help you get a better night's rest

By Rik Henderson

Samsung has announced a sleep monitor that you don't need to wear on a wrist through the night. Instead, the Samsung SleepSense sits underneath your mattress and links to a smartphone application in order to give you accurate statistics on your sleep... Read more

Samsung SmartThings 2nd gen hands-on: The affordable sensors that make your home smarter

Samsung SmartThings 2nd gen hands-on: The affordable sensors that make your home smarter

By Rik Henderson

Since Internet of Things device manufacturer SmartThings was bought by Samsung a year ago, many wondered if the Korean company would close the ecosystem and use it predominantly for its own smarthome growth ambitions. However, that couldn't be further... Read more

Panasonic Nubo, the first 4G home monitoring camera is coming this November

Panasonic Nubo, the first 4G home monitoring camera is coming this November

By Mike Lowe

Increasing numbers of smart home monitoring cameras are available from numerous manufacturers, but all rely on Wi-Fi connectivity. The Panasonic Nubo does things differently, as the world's first 4G home monitoring camera. And we got to check one out... Read more

New Nest announced: Third-gen is thinner, higher resolution and more

New Nest announced: Third-gen is thinner, higher resolution and more

By Luke Edwards

Nest, the smart thermostat backed by Google, now comes in an upgraded third-generation version.The latest Nest has managed to lose some girth making it thinner than ever. Despite this slimming down it's also managed to cram in an improved display.The... Read more

How Apple HomeKit is going to homogenise smarthomes

How Apple HomeKit is going to homogenise smarthomes

By Chris Hall

Apple HomeKit is going to hit the mainstream with the release of iOS 9 - expected on an iPhone or iPad very soon after 9 September - and it's going to turn the smarthome segment on its head.Some people may refer to connected devices, connected appliances,... Read more

Philips Hue now comes with a wireless dimming kit

Philips Hue now comes with a wireless dimming kit

By Rik Henderson

Philips is introducing a kit for its Hue lighting system that includes a portable dimming switch you can stick onto a wall without any need for electrical wiring.The kit comes with a solitary Philips Hue white light bulb and the switch, with the latter... Read more

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
4.0 stars

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