Whether you're new to the world of smart home tech, or looking to add to your ever growing connected collection - you should probably get on this.
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I've been adding a bunch of smart home devices to my home. It's part of an ongoing experiment to see what I can do to make my life easier, my home safer and to save some money on power bills. But I'm finding that I keep hitting some roadblocks. And while I do hit the odd technical roadblock, I'm finding that the biggest problems stem from the intransigence of vendors.
Home automation is where the Internet of Things runs headlong through your front door. And, there are a bunch of devices around for securing that front door. One is the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt. Schlage isn't a particularly well-known brand in Australia but they're a big deal when it comes to door furniture in the US. And the Sense is a nifty door lock that lets you remotely control the deadbolt from a smartphone as well as linking it to other devices so you can automate what happens when you enter or leave your home.
I'm looking at various home automation and smart home solutions at the moment, experimenting with what works and doesn't work so well in my home. Over the last couple of weeks, I've been playing with some weather sensing gadgets; the Netatmo Weather Station and Elgato Eve indoor and outdoor sensors.
I have to be honest - I like the idea of these and can see how the data they produce can be useful. But I'm still some time away from being able use them for automating anything. However, let's look at what these devices can do and how I might be able to use them.
For most of us, the journey down home automation starts with one of the simplest things we can add some tech to - lighting. But, for the most part, lighting is pretty boring, Push the globe in, install an app, connect it to your network and you're done. But the Nanoleaf Aurora is a little different. It's an array of triangular LED panels that you can assemble into different shapes so you can add a little bit of artistry to your illumination.
Belkin's WeMo is a pretty decent set of home automation kit that covers light bulbs, switches, cameras, motion sensors and energy monitoring gear. It is possible to get it to play nicely with other equipment if you're prepared to tinker with IFTTT but the company has finally released a new device, the WeMo Bridge, that lets you link various WeMo devices to Apple's HomeKit ecosystem.
I'm about to move house and one of the things I want to do is invest in some serious home automation. Not just remote switching - that's easy. I want real automation where I can press a button or say a command like "Goodnight" and all the lights tun off and curtains close. The trouble is systems like this, while available, have been quite expensive and tricky to install in older properties. And renters are pretty much left out of many home automation options. But the B-One Hub wants to change that. It's a multi-radio device that acts as a universal translator that can deal with thousands of different end-point devices.
Fancy an overhaul of your living spaces? It doesn’t have to be a chore, or extravagantly pricey. The trick is the Bluetooth LED Smart Bulb, which brings the entire color spectrum to your living space.
Getting started in the world of home automation may seem daunting, but it’s actually fairly simple. Depending on your goals, it can also be quite affordable, and even save you money over time. A smart home isn’t just some automatic lights either - there are loads of options to make day to day life that little bit easier.
Video: There are all sorts of variations on Raspberry Pi-powered home automation systems, but ARM Tutorials shows off a pretty simple project that uses Twitter as the backbone.
Video: It's really easy to use a Raspberry Pi to create a cheap surveillance system with just one camera, but things get complicated if you want multiple cameras. Over on Pyimagesearch, they figured out a way to get it done.
Recently we heard the story of a programmer who wrote scripts to secretly automate almost everything he did at work. Most of us may not have the coding skills to pull this off but there are tools you can use on your smartphone to automate various tasks in your life. Here's how to take advantage of those tools.
In Back to the Future II, Marty arrived in the future on October 21st, 2015 -- which just happened to be yesterday. It seems we've created an alternate timeline, because we didn't get all of the awesome stuff Marty's future did -- but we did get a lot. Here's the future tech we still have in this timeline.