Hive Active Heating 2 review

Hive is a smart home system that’s made of multiple parts and products that are all interconnected. Hive Active heating is just one product in the Hive family. Hive active heating replaces your existing home heating and hot water controls the are probably next to your existing boiler and water heating system.

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Why should you have a LIFX Wi-Fi LED smart bulb?

Imagine yourself coming home after a long a day and your home being ready to greet you with your favourite lighting and colours automatically. This is easily achievable by using LIFX bulbs to replace the standard bulbs around your house. You can upgrade your home with smart lighting that can easily be customised to match your moods and preferences perfectly. These simple WiFi connected bulbs could be your first step in automating your home.


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The WiFi kettle - Appkettle WiFi Smart Kettle

AppKettle has been in development for some time and feels like its made to last. The kettle itself has double glass windows that allow you see the water level precisely. The rest of the kettle is a stainless steel. The glass windows are a particularly nice feature as most kettles have a plastic window that can have an affect on the water within.

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DIY Home Automation
PHILIPS Hue Go - Take the magic of Hue with you!

The Hue Go is a little multi-coloured LED lamp, with an internal rechargeable battery that lasts for around 3 hours. The Go connects to the Philips Hue bridge allowing you to control the colour and brightness levels for your phone. As the Hue Go connects to the Hue bridge, it can be added to existing Hue “recipes” and can be triggered by the Hue Motion Sensor. If you haven't already invested in getting the Hue ecosystem, the Philips Hue Go can also be used as a standalone light and by pressing a small button at the base of the light you can switch between the seven preset scenes; warm white light, cool energising daylight, Sunday coffee, cozy candle, meditation, enchanted forest and night adventure. The Philips Hue Go is completely wireless for control and only requires 1.5 hours for a full charge.

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Ring Video Doorbell Review – A Smarter Way to answer the Door

It is not surprising that technology is rapidly taking over the simplest of tasks in our daily life. Most of the homes we live in are now automated to respond to smart technology. Home appliances are often connected to smartphones or the WiFi, this allows us to operate them remotely. As a result, appliances have become easier and smarter to use.
In this article, we discuss the Ring video doorbell review. With internet technology integrating with so many appliances, it comes as no shock that a simple doorbell is now much smarter. This video doorbell from Ring will prove to be beneficial for home security conscious people.

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WeMo® Switch - Review

The Belkin WeMo Switch is a Wi-Fi-enabled smart plug that lets you control your existing home devices from your phone, you can set custom rules and timers. The WeMo Switch lets you give smart home functionally to existing electrical devices. 
The switch is part of the WeMo smart home eco-system and can connect to many other smart home devices such as Amazon Alexa. WeMo products are configured and controlled by the WeMo App.

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Philips Hue Motion Sensor Review

The Philips Hue motion sensor is a great addition to your Philips hue system. It connects to your Hue lights via your Hue Bridge. All of this is the controlled via an app on your phone. Within the app you change change what happens when the motion sensor is triggered when motion is detected. You can select what "scene" or group of lights should be turned on. The lights automatically dim and turn off after a defined period of time where motion is no longer detected.

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Nest Thermostat- Review

Thermostats are one of the many items to get upgraded when moving towards home automation and inter-connectivity. Nest allow you to remotely control the temperature of your home through smartphones or tablets. Nest Labs created a smart thermostat that helps you control the temperature of your house. Recently, the company was acquired by Google. Nest thermostat has saved 8 billion kWh of energy globally. On average saved 10-12% on heating bills and 15% on cooling bills.  

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Philips Hue Bridge 2.0 review

The New Philips Hue Hub is the central aspect of the Philips Hue lighting system. It allows the Phillips Hue bulbs and other lights to be controlled via a smartphone or other internet connected device.  The new bridge is an updated version of the old hardware with a key additional feature., it's Apple HomeKit enabled. This means that you can talk to Apple's Siri and control your lights just by speaking to Siri. 

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Amazon Echo Review

Amazon’s Echo is a Wi-Fi / Bluetooth speaker with a set of inbuilt microphones that allows you to communicate with the voice-controlled digital personal assistant inside. The assistant inside of Amazon Echo is called Alexa; she was the first AI personal assistant that warranted its own dedicated device. Alexa will answer questions, listen to commands, control your smart home devices and play music via the inbuilt speakers. Alexa can integrate with third-party apps, create your shopping lists via voice control and answer questions to help solve family debates.

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