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Tag: Home Automation

Cloudwash Smart Washing Machine Prototype: Shut Up and Take My Laundry!

Cloudwash Smart Washing Machine Prototype: Shut Up and Take My Laundry!

Washing clothes shouldn’t be rocket science, but you’d be forgiven for thinking that when you look at the controls of modern washing machines. So when cloud services company Berg set out to create a prototype for…

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bRight Switch Smart Switches and Outlets: Home 2.0

bRight Switch Smart Switches and Outlets: Home 2.0

Home automation technologies have been around for a while, but most systems require additional gadgets to be plugged into each outlet you want to add to the system, and are generally quite costly. bRight Switch wants…

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SmartThings is About to Get Smarter With the Release of its Developer Toolkit

SmartThings is About to Get Smarter With the Release of its Developer Toolkit

Remember SmartThings, which was successfully funded on Kickstarter a few months ago? It was understandably a huge hit with backers who wanted to make their homes infinitely “smarter.” At the end of the campaign, $1.6 million…

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Android App Turns Lamps on or off Just by Pointing Your Device at Them

Android App Turns Lamps on or off Just by Pointing Your Device at Them

Developer Mike Leslie is working on what he calls Project Rita, a device that “keeps track of all of the information that the user is personally interested in” and ultimately “present the user with the right…

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SmartThings: Make Your Dumb Home Intelligent

SmartThings: Make Your Dumb Home Intelligent

I love the idea of an intelligent home, one that has a lot of functions that can be programmed and controlled from far away, but the overall cost of such automation has generally been pretty high.…

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Ubi Voice-activated Computer: Home-Based Siri

Ubi Voice-activated Computer: Home-Based Siri

One of the cool technologies from the Iron Man movies is the computerized take on the Avengers’ butler Jarvis. The Ubi computer can’t be sarcastic and exchange witty banter, but it might be the closest we…

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Lennox icomfort Wi-Fi Thermostat Geeks up a Boring Air Conditioning System

Lennox icomfort Wi-Fi Thermostat Geeks up a Boring Air Conditioning System

Thermostats are usually boring little devices that are typically plain rectangles or circles with a manual slider that you use to choose the temperature you want your house to be. The problem for many people when…

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Siri Used for Home Automation: She Can Speak to Appliances Too

Siri Used for Home Automation: She Can Speak to Appliances Too

Siri can trade jokes and witty banter with you and even serve you beer, but programmer Christopher Deutsch aka CDeutsch has come up with a more practical application for the virtual assistant. Using the help of…

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Kinect-omation Hack Controls Room Lights

Kinect-omation Hack Controls Room Lights

Kinect hacks are the big new thing for geeks with time on their hands. That’s all fine and good since many of the hacks we have seen lately are actually things that are interesting. A hack…

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HomeSeer HomeTroller-Mini is a Cheap Linux Home Automation Gateway

HomeSeer HomeTroller-Mini is a Cheap Linux Home Automation Gateway

I have always wanted to automate my home, mostly because my entire family is lazy. I am apparently the only one capable of walking across the room and tuning off a light. I want to be…

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Star Trek-Themed Home Automation Center: Bridge to Geeks, Energize!

Star Trek-Themed Home Automation Center: Bridge to Geeks, Energize!

Are you planning on spending a couple of grand on installing home automation systems in your house? Then you should most definitely look at these cool Star Trek-themed screens and interfaces that were recently created by…

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Wii Hacked to Control Entire House

Wii Hacked to Control Entire House

Wii hacker, LiquidIce has set up an integration between his Wii console and his home automation systems. The system lets him control his lights, thermostat, security and home entertainment systems, all from his Nintendo Wii. The…

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Netstreams Doorlinx: the Mp3 Doorbell

Netstreams Doorlinx: the Mp3 Doorbell

Mobile phones proved that people were sick and tired of the old standard phone ringer, so why don’t people feel the same about their doorbells? The NetStreams DoorLinX lets you upload your favorite (non-DRM’ed) MP3 track…

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Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall

Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall

Themeaddicts, a home automation company formed by a team of experienced theme park and movie special effects pros has made it possible for you to have your very own “magic mirror” on the wall. When dormant,…

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