Tagged With smart home

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To say I'm a fan of smart homes is an understatement. Being a renter I'm limited somewhat as to what I can have in my apartment, but that hasn't stopped me from integrating as many smart devices into my environment as humanly possible.

One thing I've discovered a long the way — not only have I saved a lot of effort (regular light switches are for plebs, you guys), but I've saved time, money and kilowatts on my energy bill. Here's my top recommendations for doing the same at your place.

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IFTTT (If This Then That) is now available on the mydlink Home app across a bunch of D-Link's "Connected Home" devices, including Wi-Fi Smart Plugs, Motion Sensors and Wi-Fi Siren. This means you can now create conditional commands and link multiple IFTTT products and apps together for a completely customisable home automation experience.

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Telstra just launched the first products in its Smart Home range of internet-connected wi-fi gadgets — and they promise to make your life "a little bit easier". Whether you want to monitor everything that happens in your house or whether you want to make your appliances a little more energy efficient, Telstra has a widget for that.

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Hidden away in a warehouse theatre in Sydney's Inner West, a stage show with a difference is happening. An improvised re-telling of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, the actors switching the scene from romantic to sad to action-packed, the mood entirely driven by the colour of the lighting.

And the colour of the lighting is entirely driven by the audience - via Philips Hue.

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The smart home revolution definitely isn't happening overnight. Even with a flood of new devices and platforms available, most of us are still only inching toward fully automated homes. Still, you can take matters into your own hands and speed up the rate of progress with these DIY smart home systems. They're easy to build and most can be up and running in under an hour.

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Amazon recently announced that the Alexa AI powering its Echo and other hardware has now learned 1,000 "skills" (up from just 135 in January). In case you're not up to speed with all the new tricks, we've picked out 40 of our favourites — you can discover the other 960 yourself.

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There are things we all do when we go away. Take out the garbage so the place won't smell on your return. And do whatever you can to make it seem like your house isn't actually empty — put lights on timers, ask friends or neighbours to collect the mail, water plants and put out the bins. But these are awfully 20th century methods of signalling that you're home. You need something smart. Your home needs protection whether you are at home or not.

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Between classic appliance made smart and multiple new types of helpful household robots, smart gadgets are popping up left and right that will make your work around the house a little easier. Whether you prefer to use them individually or as part of a smart home ecosystem, here are some of the best smart household devices on the market — and how they can help you.

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What does your dream home look like? It is a log cabin in the mountains? A sleek design on an ocean cliffside? Whatever the overall look, if you're hoping to integrate smart features that will control the entertainment, lighting and heating systems in your home, maximise energy efficiency or simply have that futuristic edge, here's some inspiration from around the globe.

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Walking up to Gizmodo's imaginary smart house is rather an anticlimax. A modern house powered by smart technology looks like any other home. There are no Jetsons-esque robot maids, jetpacks or levitating buildings. Voice control is getting better, but it's still no Jarvis. So don't expect anything radical. What a smart house really is, is just a more frictionless existence.

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If you're thinking of building yourself a smart home, there are a few things you need to keep in mind before you get underway. We've got a few tips and tricks that will help you make sure your smart house doesn't get overly complicated, and that it only serves to make your home life that little bit more efficient.

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We spent more than three months researching all of the top-rated smart locks currently available and put 10 leading models through their paces in both side-by-side tests and real-world everyday use to find the best for your home. We have a best overall pick for most people, one with a keypad, an alternative for renters that works with your existing deadbolt, and a reliable (if unpolished) budget-friendly option.

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"Internet of things" is, at face value, a pretty meaningless buzzword. It refers to the multitude of tiny, energy-efficient gadgets with Wi-Fi connectivity that are filling up our lives — 'net-connected kettles and powerboards and sprinkler systems.

But it also refers to the broader technology standards and infrastructure that allow these devices to exist, and to talk to the Web and to each other — and it's this infrastructure that lets you build yourself a home from the future.