Twine for Connecting the Unconnectable

If you haven't yet come across it, you should check out one of the recent success stories from Kickstarter and start getting excited. Want to hook up things to the Web? Maybe you want to get a tweet when your laundry's done, or get an email when the basement floods while you're on vacation. Well you'll soon [...]

Is This the Future of TV Remotes?

gesture-remoteA lot of attention has been paid to the interfaces of the Smart Tvs and the media software that runs on them but very little has been said about the TV remote. From humble beginnings the average remote now has more buttons than the space shuttle and requires similar training to operate it. As we [...]

Momentum Increase for Home Automation Technology

time_warner_cable_intelligent_homeAs a number of the country’s biggest telecommunications and cable organizations keep making their drive into the home security industry, the usage of home automation technology has increased substantially.  On Monday one of the companies that is seeing the advantages of this trend, iControl Networks, made an announcement that its OpenHome software program is going [...]

Apple-Based Automation Control Systems Showcasing at CES

savant_ipadAn announcement has been made by Savant Systems LLC declaring that they are going to be presenting a media, automation and control system at CES 2012 in relation to Savant's scalable SmartMedia answer, which is aimed at an extensive customer market section.  As well as managing security cameras, climate, lighting and more, the adaptable SmartMedia [...]

Control4 Release Android Home Automation App

Control4 are one of the many choices in home automation, offering a range of products for the home and for businesses. They're not cheap, but they are stylish - check out the HC300 Home Controller that we first wrote about in '07. If you've bought their systems, or are looking to, you'll be pleased to [...]

Siri Flaunts its Home Automation Magic

siri_logoApple Siri is an intriguing piece of technology and it comes as no surprise that it has returned to demonstrate its home automation magic. What exactly is it that people are referring to? The answer to this question is the Siri Proxy written by Pete Lamonica. This small bit of code is allowing Siri to tackle [...]

The ‘Smartphone Watch’ – an Alternative eHome Remote?

imwatch_smartphone_watchWith the ability to check Facebook and Twitter feeds, receive phone calls and retrieve text messages, this is the world's very first 'smartphone watch'. Resembling something from a sci-fi film, the touchscreen i'm Watch is planned to go on sale in 2012 and contains most of the same features as hi-tech phones, at just a fraction [...]

Verizon Plans Home Connectivity Services Expansion

verizon_home_monitoring_controlIn October Verizon introduced its Home Monitoring and Control service that provides simple energy management and home automation choices, and is now looking to expand its services within the next 12 months. Verizon follows additional bug service providers Alarm.com, Vivint, Comcast and ADT into the remote monitoring and home control area, although with a reduced monthly [...]