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Philips Hue 3D-Printed Luminaires Look Like Glowing Nests

Alongside the upcoming release of the Hue Lux and Hue Tap smart lighting products, Philips has also today shone a light on its new Luminaires, a range of premium, 3D-printed lamps and lighting fixtures. Read More >>

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Apple's Voice Activated Dock Patent Wants to Turn Your Whole House Into Siri's BFF

Ever since it was introduced, the iPhone's voice activated butler Siri has seemed destined to break free of the shackles of its smartphone cell. With rumours increasing that Apple has its eyes set on entering the home automation market, a freshly unearthed patent could put Siri at the heart of that push. Read More >>

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Your Xbox One Is Going to Control Your Entire Home Someday

Yesterday's Xbox One premier was a blazing hailstorm of announcements, each one more tantalising than the next. And while all the new bells and whistles were exciting in and of themselves, the real endgoal, as FastCo. Design uncovered, probably won't be hitting us for another few years: a totally connected, totally integrated home control portal.
Unofficially dubbed Home 2.0 by Marc Whitten, Microsoft's chief production offer of interactive entertainment, and his team, the project is, currently, more of a persistent interest than something actively set for release, and it's something that's been in the back of their minds ever since Microsoft acquired id8 Group R2 studios—home automation specialists—back in January. Read More >>

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5 Apps to Turn Your Phone into a Universal Remote

Controlling your home theatre system used to be easy—you simply told your kid to turn the knob and presto, Honeymooners. But today's home theatre packed with feature-rich TVs, cable boxes, AV receivers, and streaming boxes—and all demanding their own remote there's no way the little guy can keep up. Instead, replace your pile of remotes with an app that does everything they can do and more. Read More >>

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Watch Siri Turn Into a Home Automation Master With the Help Of Raspberry Pi

With home automation being all the rage these days, it was only a matter of time before Siri got her little, occasionally judgmental claws into the action. All it took was YouTube user Elvis Impersonator, a Raspberry Pi, and enough trust in Siri's goodness to believe she won't devolve into a Hal 9000 wannabe. Read More >>

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Belkin's WeMo: Home Automation For Dummies

I love the idea of a home automation system that means I never have to leave my couch. But I'm not willing to go through all the hassle of knocking down walls and rewiring every room in my house. The folks at Belkin agree, and have come up with the WeMo home automation system that makes bringing your home into the 23rd century dead easy. Read More >>

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