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The Smart Home Robots are coming!

3 Comments  |   Posted in SMARTHOME   |  By Brad Arthur

The Smart Home Robots are coming!

The future is upon us! Robots will be invading living in our homes before we know it. I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of the home robots that are available to buy right now… if you have the money and a futurist’s pioneering spirit...

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Fibaro - How to add Widgets to your phone

1 Comments  |   Posted in Z-Wave   |  By Brad Arthur

Fibaro App - How to add Widgets to your phone

The Fibaro App includes a very useful Widget that can be used on Android or Apple phones and tablets to make it easy to trigger Fibaro Home Center Scenes - without needing to open the App - Find out how...

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Vera HTTP Commands

5 Comments  |   Posted in Z-Wave   |  By Brad Arthur

Did you know that you can control the Vera Edge via HTTP commands? This opens it up to a host of other technologies, including Tasker, web browsers, PHP and more.

This exclusive post will show you how, as well as provide you with a very handy tool to make it all happen.

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Fibaro HC HTTP Commands

11 Comments  |   Posted in Z-Wave   |  By Brad Arthur

The Fibaro Home Center Lite and Home Center 2 are the pinnacle of Z-Wave Gateway Controllers - incredibly well designed, user-friendly and very powerful. Did you know that you can control the Fibaro Home Center via HTTP commands? This opens it up to a host of other technologies, including Tasker, web browsers, PHP and more.

This exclusive post will show you how, as well as provide you with a very handy tool to make it all happen.

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What is Z-Wave Plus?

Comments  |   Posted in Z-Wave   |  By Brad Arthur

Z-Wave has been around a lot longer than you may think. In fact, the first Z-Wave product was certified way back in 2004. With the introduction of the new "Next-Gen" Z-Wave 500 Series chipset, Z-Wave has significantly improved and extended its capabilities. Welcome to Z-Wave Plus.

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XBMC (Kodi) Vera Z-Wave Addon

11 Comments  |   Posted in Z-Wave   |  By Brad Arthur

Grab some popcorn and dim the lights, the movie is about to start. Automatically trigger your Z-Wave Scenes with Vera and XBMC (Kodi) by using our Vera Z-Wave Addon. Exclusive to smarthome.com.au. Enjoy :)

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Fibaro Home Center Comparison

2 Comments  |   Posted in Z-Wave   |  By Brad Arthur

Fibaro Home Center Lite and Home Center 2 are the best Z-Wave home automation controllers on the market. A question we often get asked is... "What is the difference between the Fibaro Home Center Lite and Home Center 2?". It's a good question, so let's take a look...

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hueCraft – A Minecraft Mod for Philips hue

1 Comments  |   Posted in PHILIPS HUE   |  By Brad Arthur

hueCraft – A Minecraft Mod for Philips hue

Let your Philips hue lights extend the Minecraft experience by changing the colour and brightness of your room. Each Minecraft biome is mapped to different colours and the colour of the hue lights will change as you travel from one biome to another... with few more nice surprises too.

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Apple HomeKit vs Google Brillo.

Comments  |   Posted in SMARTHOME   |  By Brad Arthur

Apple HomeKit vs Google Brillo

In a galaxy far, far away… the battle for the unified smart home begins… Well, not that far away… here on earth actually. Both Apple and Google are waging a new "smart" war, each hoping to be the centre of your smart home. This is going to be a war of epic proportions... bring it on.

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INSTEON App on Apple Watch

2 Comments  |   Posted in INSTEON   |  By Brad Arthur

INSTEON App on Apple Watch

Now you can monitor and control your home from your Apple Watch - all you need is the INSTEON Hub. Keep an eye on sensors. Look in on your WiFi cameras. Control and dim lights. Activate a scene with just a tap - all from your wrist - without touching your iPhone.

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Home Automation - Where to start?

13 Comments  |   Posted in SMARTHOME   |  By Brad Arthur

Home Automation - Where to start?

If you are looking to start out in home automation, it can be a little daunting. In this blog post, I will take you through each of the major home automation technologies available, compare the product range, reliability, value for money and give you an overview that will hopefully provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision.

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XBMC (Kodi) INSTEON Addon

6 Comments  |   Posted in INSTEON   |  By Brad Arthur

I love XBMC. I also love my smart home. My technology of choice for home automation is INSTEON - it works great for me, does exactly what I want – best of all, it is extremely affordable and reliable. The goal of this XBMC add-on is to combine two of my passions (XBMC and INSTEON). It just makes sense, doesn’t it? It will after you read this.

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Android Wear home automation

3 Comments  |   Posted in INSTEON   |  By Brad Arthur

Home automation using Android Wear

Thinking about getting an Android Wear watch? Already got one? Then you may find this blog post very interesting. I will show you how you can activate INSTEON scenes and devices directly from your new Android Wear smartwatch.

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INSTEON meets Cortana

1 Comments  |   Posted in INSTEON   |  By Brad Arthur

INSTEON announces that it is continuing to augment the capabilities of its Windows 8.1 Phone app by integrating Cortana. Microsoft’s proactive digital assistant will enable users to control INSTEON smart products and monitor the home by just speaking to Cortana, making life in the connected home easier than ever.

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An introduction to INSTEON

1 Comments  |   Posted in INSTEON   |  By Brad Arthur

So what is INSTEON anyway? In this blog post, I will give you some real world examples of how easy it is to turn your home into a smart home - as well as giving you a glimpse at the endless possibilities home automation has to offer. If you are new to home automation, I suggest starting small - keep it simple. Your new smart home can evolve over time. Once you experience the convenience, cost savings, security and comfort that home automation has to offer, you will never turn back.

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Apple HomeKit INSTEON Hub Pro

10 Comments  |   Posted in INSTEON   |  By Brad Arthur

INSTEON announces a new Insteon App supporting Apple HomeKit technology for smart home management. With the new HomeKit-enabled Insteon App, users can control any HomeKit-enabled device, regardless of brand or product type.

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INSTEON Hub HTTP Commands

14 Comments  |   Posted in INSTEON   |  By Brad Arthur

The INSTEON Hub is an amazing piece of kit, it works flawlessly with the INSTEON for Hub app. Did you know that it will also work with HTTP commands? This opens it up to a host of other technologies, including Tasker, web browsers, PHP and more.

This exclusive post will show you how, as well as provide you with a very handy tool to make it all happen.

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Control your home with your voice

1 Comments  |   Posted in INSTEON   |  By Brad Arthur

I am going to show you how you can control your INSTEON enabled home with your voice, using nothing more than your trusty Android phone or tablet - well that’s not completely true, there is a little more involved – but not much...

You are going to love this - I promise.

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INSTEON announces Windows App

Comments  |   Posted in INSTEON   |  By Brad Arthur

INSTEON announces smart home control and monitoring app for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8.1. In addition to taking full advantage of the bold design and dynamic interface experience Windows 8.1 provides, INSTEON has included new features to this app release that are exclusive to the Windows platform.

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