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Updated ZigBee Home Automation Standard Version 1.2 Now Available - Electronic Design

Updated ZigBee Home Automation Standard Version 1.2 Now Available - Electronic Design | Home Automation | Scoop.it
Updated ZigBee Home Automation Standard Version 1.2 Now Available
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The ZigBee Alliance announced that the latest update to its Home Automation standard is now ready for product development.
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is this good?  and when will Zigbee go mainstream in the UK?

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ComfortClick bOS – The Operating System for Buildings Launches on Indiegogo

ComfortClick bOS – The Operating System for Buildings Launches on Indiegogo | Home Automation | Scoop.it
ComfortClick have announced plans to launch what they describe as “the first building operating system”.
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Looks promising and probably worth a punt.
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Apple's Home Automation Success Rests With Hardware Evangelism - TechCrunch

Apple's Home Automation Success Rests With Hardware Evangelism - TechCrunch | Home Automation | Scoop.it
TechCrunch Apple's Home Automation Success Rests With Hardware Evangelism TechCrunch At its WWDC conference this week, Apple unveiled a scaffolding of sorts that allows developers to control smart home devices like light switches, thermostats,...
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Interesting move from Apple. What will start providing USP for products is their ability to fit in with various platforms and protocols
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Mix WiFi, Bluetooth and XBee in Your Home Automation Projects with a Universal REST API for Arduino - Open Home Automation

Mix WiFi, Bluetooth and XBee in Your Home Automation Projects with a Universal REST API for Arduino - Open Home Automation | Home Automation | Scoop.it
Most of the home automation Arduino projects I’ve been working on lately use wireless communications (WiFi, Bluetooth, or XBee). Or at least these projects are interfaced with a computer via the Arduino serial interface.
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Revolv Smart Home Hub and app eases home automation setup - tuaw.com

Revolv Smart Home Hub and app eases home automation setup - tuaw.com | Home Automation | Scoop.it
Revolv Smart Home Hub and app eases home automation setup
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As noted in my Macworld/iWorld 2014 talk on using Siri to control the "Internet of Things", there's one big problem in the home automation world right now -- too many standards!
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Marmitek X10 Transceiver Module Single House Version TM13U

Marmitek X10 Transceiver Module Single House Version TM13U | Home Automation | Scoop.it
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Converts radio signals from Remote Controls, Wireless Switches and Wireless Sensors to X-10 Powerline signals over the mains.
Comes with a built-in Appliance Module (220V, 5A).
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Home automation continues to break boundaries in terms of style and design fro the home.

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Video: Reemo Wearable Remote Controls Home Automation With Gestures

Video: Reemo Wearable Remote Controls Home Automation With Gestures | Home Automation | Scoop.it
Wearable tech may already be the next big thing and while we wait to see Apple’s offering there are already many interesting devices making it to market.
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Not sure about this...could see lots of properties where the lights are flashing on and off...you know personal me time.

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Fibaro Launch Innovative Z-Wave Motion Sensor | Automated Home

Fibaro Launch Innovative Z-Wave Motion Sensor | Automated Home | Home Automation | Scoop.it
Fibaro have officially announced the latest addition to its line-up of products today, the new Z-Wave FGM-001 Motion Sensor. The device detects motion and can be used as part of a ...
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Not all conspicuous!

Kind-a-cool looking though.

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Belkin WeMo Home Automation Switch for Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

Belkin WeMo Home Automation Switch for Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod touch | Home Automation | Scoop.it
in Computers/Tablets & Networking, iPad/Tablet/eBook Accessories, Other (Belkin WeMo Home Automation Switch for Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod touch: Price 40.0 USD (19 Bids) End Time:...
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A better looking plug but why is it for "Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod touch"?

It's for turning devices on and off.  Limiting it to just those devices is stupid!

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Savant, the Apple of home automation providers, launches a cheaper option - Smart Home News.us

Savant, the Apple of home automation providers, launches a cheaper option - Smart Home News.us | Home Automation | Scoop.it
smarthomenews.us- The Best News, Videos, Information and Products in the Home Automation Space (Savant, the Apple of home automation providers, launches a cheaper option - Savant, the Apple of...
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Jasper | Control everything with your voice

Jasper | Control everything with your voice | Home Automation | Scoop.it
Jasper: open source always-on, voice-controller. "Jasper: Play Deathgrips" - Home automation fun. http://t.co/GHz0eRF4Uf
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potential!...think the feed back could be improved...if only they could make it sound like Cortana!

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Review: Home Automation Insider on the Fibaro Z-Wave Wall Plug

Review: Home Automation Insider on the Fibaro Z-Wave Wall Plug | Home Automation | Scoop.it
In what we hope will be a regular slot, we’ve talked Automated Home reader, turned Home Automation Industry Insider, Martyn Wendon, into reviewing some smart home kit. For his first review we asked him to give us the low down on the Fibaro’s Z-Wave...
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all these bespoke webuis are pointless, irritating and smack of the same old "lock em in and squeeze them dry" mentality.

 

One word Restful API that's all I want, not some fancy iPhone app that only controls plugs!

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Zuli smartplug could herald new age in home automation

Zuli smartplug could herald new age in home automation | Home Automation | Scoop.it
Summary: Got an iPhone? You may never need to worry about turning on (or off) the lights ever again.

A few months ago I wrote about the AIRcable SmartDimmer, a home automation product that tried unsucessfully to secure financing on Indiegogo.
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Items like this are garbage! With everyone writing their own little apps and closed systems, how many different apps will it take to open the garage door, unlock the inside door and turn the light on? This title should read "Yet another useless device for a closed product ecosystem."
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Apple Patent Reveals Innovative Home Automation System - Apple Balla

Apple Patent Reveals Innovative Home Automation System - Apple Balla | Home Automation | Scoop.it

An Apple patent filing describes about such an outstanding home automation system that can read user’s behavior and progressively develop a list of tasks
Read more at http://www.appleballa.com/2013/11/117816/apple-patent-reveals-innovative-home-automation-system#V2OfERS2SecvHD1R.99


Via Elizabeth White
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it'll be the best looking Home Automation system ever that's totally incompatibl;e with everything around it!  Unless of course you buy a new Apple kettle, Apple lights, Apple TV.....

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Top 4 Reasons to Install a Smart Home Automation System

Top 4 Reasons to Install a Smart Home Automation System | Home Automation | Scoop.it
Here are four of the best reasons to get started in home automation now. (Still need to be convinced on why you need smart home automation?...
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I'd argue that remote controlling a motor that opens. /closes blinds is not enough friendly.
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FIBARO UK BRINGS HOME AUTOMATION TO THE MASSES

FIBARO UK BRINGS HOME AUTOMATION TO THE MASSES | Home Automation | Scoop.it
Homeowners seeking an affordable, reliable and quick-to-install home automation system can find (FIBARO UK BRINGS HOME AUTOMATION TO THE MASSES http://t.co/cEpvttfo2o)...
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Fibaro certainly seem to be gearing up.

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Amazon.com: Home Automation with Arduino: Automate your Home using Open-Source Hardware eBook: Marco Schwartz: Kindle Store

Home Automation with Arduino: Automate your Home using Open-Source Hardware - Kindle edition by Marco Schwartz. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets.
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A perfect storm is brewing around home automation. | Automating Easy

A perfect storm is brewing around home automation. | Automating Easy | Home Automation | Scoop.it
Home automation was a key highlight of this year’s CES in Las Vegas – signs of an emerging, mainstream technology.
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SAM packs full-home control into a powerstrip

SAM packs full-home control into a powerstrip | Home Automation | Scoop.it
Home automation gadgets that allow you to remotely turn things on and off are certainly nothing new, but SensePlug's SAM duo offers that and a lot more.
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Neat and more importantly reasonably priced.

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Amazon UK Launch Dedicated Home Automation Store | Automated Home

Amazon UK Launch Dedicated Home Automation Store | Automated Home | Home Automation | Scoop.it
Last september Amazon opened a smart home section on their American site.  Now Amazon UK have just launched their own Home Automation store too. Split into sections like Energy & ...
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thought this had come out ages ago?

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A Kinect 'smart home' might play your theme song when you enter the room - Polygon

A Kinect 'smart home' might play your theme song when you enter the room - Polygon | Home Automation | Scoop.it
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A Kinect 'smart home' might play your theme song when you enter the room
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"Communications is definitely one of them, enhanced communication and even entertainment communication.
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Brilliant. 

 

Bleeding edge tech and this is the best that the collective imagination at Microsoft can come up with.

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Alarm.Com Shows Home Automation on Pebble Smart Watch - CEPro

Alarm.Com Shows Home Automation on Pebble Smart Watch - CEPro | Home Automation | Scoop.it
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Alarm.Com Shows Home Automation on Pebble Smart Watch.
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Google, Nest Nexus: How Home Automation is going Global - AEG India

Google, Nest Nexus: How Home Automation is going Global - AEG India | Home Automation | Scoop.it
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Google, Nest Nexus: How Home Automation is going Global
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Nest is a Learning Thermostart, considered to be an intelligent approach to home automation that is designed by ex-Apple man and the 'Podmaster' himself Tony Fadell.
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Habey unveils HIO Project ARM board, launches HIO Wallpad home automation Kickstarter campaign - Liliputing

Habey unveils HIO Project ARM board, launches HIO Wallpad home automation Kickstarter campaign - Liliputing | Home Automation | Scoop.it
Habey makes small form-factor, fanless computers for industrial use. Now the company is getting into the Maker/independent developer space with the HIO Project.
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At last!

A wall pad that looks almost useable in any property.

 

Descrete, powerful, flexible and best of all OPEN!

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5 Smart Home Companies to Watch in 2014 - Forbes

5 Smart Home Companies to Watch in 2014 - Forbes | Home Automation | Scoop.it
“5 Smart Home Companies to Watch in 2014 Forbes While I expect more smart home hub offerings to hit the market in 2014, Revolv's is my pick for the easiest to use heading into the new year. SmartThings.”
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2 of 5 are watchable.
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Eric Blue’s Blog » Home Automation with Belkin Wemo, Twilio, and Siri

Eric Blue’s Blog » Home Automation with Belkin Wemo, Twilio, and Siri | Home Automation | Scoop.it
“Eric Blue's Blog (Home Automation with Belkin Wemo, Twilio, and Siri http://t.co/gMIfsZdYMj via @zite)”
Gary Barclay's insight:
Why have none of those with even a little programming skills picked up on the http://www.homeautomationhub.com/ project. For tinkering around and making anything work, this is the project of all projects
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