Author: Nicholas

It has been an interesting year for us all and we hope that you and your family have come through it safely. From a business perspective it has been a hard one for everyone and we have seen our major projects pushed back into 2021. The upside, we hope, is that 2021 could be a break-out year for us.   But despite one of us spending as...

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Smart blinds

When I started writing this blog post, I was all set to launch straight into things to think about, link to our video and say what I loved about being relaxed (not lazy) and opening the blinds from the bed. Until this… Ikea is going to launch ‘Smart blinds’, in the UK, when is a different matter but they have already arrived in Germany and are...

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Houzz, has been an interesting experience for us.We decided to work with Houzz as we believe it is a great platform for us to communicate with a marketplace that is interested in building work and may already have projects in mind that need to be quoted on. It is also one that enabled us to really geo locate our limited marketing spend to focus on...

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Nifty brochue

So this is just a small one but we have just had our new brochure back from the printers and we are fairly chuffed with them.   They were tricky to design and write for, as we wanted to help people understand what they can do with a smart home and to see how much more they can get out of their house, with a little work....

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For me, this is one of the most frustrating categories in the Smart home market within the UK. There are several incredible smart lock brands out there; Yale, August, Kwickset, Friday, ERA, Schlage to name several. All of them come with their own designs, technology, ease of integration, power and configuration issues. Some look awesome and others look like something from a 1980’s hotel room door....

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Here are our top 5 thoughts before we buy anything   What do you really want to do?   Make sure you have thought through what you want to do and why, a lot of the technology out there will promise you everything but not deliver what you want or you end up spending a lot for functionality you don’t use.   Will it work in the UK?   While the main part...

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It’s turning cold and wet and while the dog seems to love getting muddy and jumping on the furniture, I’m less keen but it has given us time to play with sensors and other kit.   Today I set up a routine using:   Fibaro Multisensor Hue lighting Nest thermostat Nifty Brain™   I wanted to do a couple of things:     If the temperature dropped below 5 degrees – Change...

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So much power, so many capabilities, so many commands, functions and skills. Where to start? Where to find them all? And above all where to find the time to integrate them all.   Don’t get us wrong, we love Alexa and Google home, Apple homekit needs a little more tlc we think to compete with either of the first two. We love these voice assistants can do...

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Outdoor lighting

Started in 2012 with a few coloured and white LED bulbs, named the best product of the year by Forbes. Fast forward 6 years and you have another award from T3 as the best connected lighting. More importantly, they have outdoor lights, light strips, switches, remote controls, spots and more. They are, without a doubt the market leader and the best product in the market...

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Grass with a water sprinkler going and water being sprayed

This month it was Curtis' turn to travel down to the West country and work from down here. We are looking into managing my garden, some kitchen toys and of course adding more IoT functionality to the house.   One of my bug bears has been the lack of decent controls for a garden. I know that Hozelock produces their standard controller which is robust but is...

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