HomeAutomation

  • Nanoleaf has a strategy to transform Smart Homes. IoT made easy with Thread.

    Smart lighting company Nanoleaf has announced plans to integrate Thread into all upcoming products, leading the way for this emerging technology within the smart home industry. Thread is a new network protocol that allows IoT products like smart lights (including Nanoleaf’s Essentials bulb and light strip) be secure and...
  • Review: Smart Home illumination with LIFX Z and LIFX Beam

    Smart home lighting products are usually the gateway drug to home automation. LIFX is one of the growing brands in this space that actually started out as a kickstarter project back in 2013. Back then the idea of making connected light bulbs was a new idea, but in the...
  • Review: iSmartGate, open your Garage Door with Alexa, Siri or Google Assistant

    Home Automation continues to enhance our lives, taking away the annoying, inconvenient and routine activities we humans would rather do without. The potent combination of a solution that inlcudes hardware, software and services, can make for an experience that feels, not just convenient, but life-changing. Adding something like a...
  • Netatmo adds support for Alexa, Google Home and Apple Home Kit

    Netatmo have announced their subscription-free home IoT products for the home just got smarter. Now compatible with a Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple’s Home Kit, they will now appeal to an expanded audience and add new functionality for existing owners. Security Netatmo’s smart security cameras, Presence and Welcome, are...
  • Review: iRobot Braava 380t cleans and mops your floors

    While most of you are familiar with iRobot's Roomba product range, you may not be away of their range of Mopping home robots. The Bravava 380t for example, is a robot that you can put to work to clean your hard surfaces, like tile, hardwood, vinyl and laminate. While the company and...
  • Amazon’s Alexa Announcements goes live in Australia

    Alexa Announcements has landed in Australia, meaning Aussies can now use their Alexa-enabled devices as a one-way intercom system to share quick, broad messages with the whole family. Simply say to your Alexa-enabled device, “Alexa, announce dinner is ready,” and “Dinner is ready” will be announced in your voice...
  • Review: Gogogate 2 Ultimate Garage Kit

    We've all probably driven away from our house, only to turn around and check if we'd left the garage door open. Imagine if you could leverage IoT to check your garage door from anywhere, well that's exactly what the Gogogate 2 Ultimate Garage Kit offers. In an era where...
  • Home Automation giant Crestron, launch Alexa skill in Australia

    Crestron is one of the  the global leaders in home automation and they’ve now announced those of us in Australia, with Amazon Alexa-enabled devices can access a new Crestron skill. Crestron panels and more recently smart phone controllers have served us well over the years, but now with Alexa...
  • Gemmill Homes selling houses with smart technology included

    If you live in Western Australia, then you may want to choose your home builder very carefully. While on the surface it may seem like they all offer the same outcome, but in an ultra-competitive space, companies are turning to technology to differentiate. Gemmill Homes has partnered with Perth...
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