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The Nifty Brain

A few months ago, we decided to trademark our ‘Nifty brain, we had put a lot of work into the development of our ‘Nifty brain’. Working to integrate the Openhab base software with what we wanted to offer as a company, what people wanted and what the hardware we all used could do. This multi-year project had finally created a stable, clever and hard-working brain for...

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Because many of our site visitors asked for them. The feedback on the site, was that it was great for giving people idea’s and explaining what can be done with z-wave and IoT enabled kit but less good at costs. We also found that our visitors liked being able to go away and choose the hardware they liked based on what we had said but...

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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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Don’t Panic, no stress

So it’s been a pretty mad Christmas for technology and the home, we’ve given Alexa, Google Home, Ring, Hue and all sorts of fun and small IoT stuff to friends and family. In turn we have received various toys and bits of kit to further automate our houses.   I know that Alexa had a few issues over Christmas with all the new bits of kit being...

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