Amazon Echo Flex + Motion Sensor Review – Doorbell alerts and Philips Hue motion sensing on the cheap but is it good vs the Philips Hue sensor?

I impulsively bought the Amazon Echo Flex and the addon motion sensor during the Black Friday period. The Flex was £14 but the motion sensor £15, all in all, a cheap buy as far as my compulsive tech spending goes. What I hoped to achieve was a relatively affordable motion sensor for Philips Hue lights … Read more

The Best Home Automation Systems & Devices for 2019

Originally posted in March 2018, I have now updated the post for 2019 to reflect some of the new tech and suggestions. This includes some reader recommendations too In the past couple of years, the home automation industry has boomed, and the traditional Z-wave based systems have lost ground to the new wave of AI-based … Read more

A Q&A for Smart Home Week which aims to raise smart home awareness from 21st – 27th May 2018

Smart Home Week is a collaborative effort by the leading brands in smart home technology to raise awareness and educate consumers about benefits and opportunities of living in a smart, connected way. It is in its second year and this year will take place from 21st – 27th May, it is backed by many of … Read more

Home Automation Christmas Gift Guide 2018

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.91″ background_layout=”light”] Thanks to Amazon Echo devices and Google Home the home automation trend has boomed this year. So, what are the best gifts to get for the people wanting to get into home automation? Smart Assistant / Speakers The first obvious choice is a smart speaker/assistant with the following options: [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row][et_pb_column … Read more

nCube Home Automation Controller Review

Having previously reviewed the Devolo Home Control system, I was quite excited to try out a new controller called the nCube. This is a multi-protocol controller, allowing you to control devices that work on Z-Wave, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Lan. If you are not familiar with smart home controllers, they act as a central hub to … Read more

BenQ WiT e-Reading Lamp Review

BenQ is mostly known for their affordable LCD monitors, but they also produce other products such as the ZOWIE e-sports peripherals and now a LED lamp specifically designed for e-Reading. It is a pretty niche product, but with the popularity of the Amazon Kindle, it could prove popular. From the BenQ website: BenQ WiT combines … Read more

WisQo Smart Lighting Review

The WisQo system approaches smart lighting a little differently than Hue, or Z-Wave Switches that replace your light switches. Most, if not all, the smart light switches require a 3-wire system which is not always used in UK households. With the WisQo system, it is installed into the light fixture and only requires 2 wires, … Read more

Senic Nuimo Smart Home Controller Review (Philips Hue, Sonos, etc)

Nuimo by Senic is one of the more exciting products I have been able to review this year. It is a smart controller that integrates with Philips Hue, Sonos and several other systems. It isn’t actually a controller in the normal sense of home automation, but more like a smart home interface. For example, you … Read more