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  • Finally, a smart smoke detector

    Posted on 24th October 2013 by Andy.

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    It seems strange to think that very little has been done to move the design of household smoke alarms along from their original form while other household technology has evolved. The Protect smoke and carbon monoxide alarm from Nest sets about changing that by updating the usual features and building in extra functionality to create a smarter alarm. The creation of iPod designer Tony Fadell, the Protect does away with the annoying false alarms to which conventional fire alarms are prone. It can alert you via text message, app or internet, about potential and low-level threats, offering a spoken warning first before going into a full blown alarm mode.

    It boasts a battery life of up to seven years, can work in conjunction with other Protects to isolate where a threat is in your home and also acts as a night light when it detects motion in a darkened room. It is designed to give the home owner greater confidence in their fire alarm, reducing the number of instances of it 'crying wolf'. So next time you burn the toast you won't wake the neighbours. The Protect from Nest is now available for £109. Find out more at http://nest.com/smoke-co-alarm/life-with-nest-protect/

    This Post was posted in Smart Home and was tagged with alarm, home, nest, protect, smoke

  • Lose The Snooze With Electric Blackout Blinds

    Posted on 22nd July 2011 by Chris.

    Are you a victim of the 'snooze' button on your alarm clock and have to really fight to get out of bed at the time you had originally intended? Controliss electric blackout blinds may be able to contribute towards awakening you enough to get out of bed, if not solve the problem entirely. Just as Controliss blinds can help you drop off to sleep by blocking any external light that is preventing you from doing so, at a single touch of a button, they could also help you to get up by reintroducing the daylight into the room at a time specified by you. The Air Spirit 30GMT controller can be programmed to operate all Controliss 240V mains Powered roller blinds and wood blinds at any desired time of the day, 7 days a week. So you could set your window blinds to open automatically on the weekdays when you need to wake up, and then have them open at a later time or even until you use the remote control to open them yourself at the weekend. It will be much harder for you to hit 'snooze' and go back to sleep if the sun's glare is illuminating the bedroom. If the sunlight alone is not enough to stop you from dropping straight back off to sleep, here are some other ideas that you could add to your morning wake up routine. A popular waking mechanism is the Sonic Bomb Alarm Clock. It features an alarm tone that is adjustable up to a volume of 113db, which is louder than having a high revving chainsaw in the room! On top of that, a vibrating unit is supplied that will shake under your pillow or mattress and pulsating flashing alert lights will conduct a display to give that extra prompt to get you wide awake. The Sonic Bomb may seem somewhat over-the-top, but as is often said: 'Time is money', and if this device is too much of a wake up call for you, there is an alarm clock that takes the saying quite literally. Although currently in the conceptual stage, and therefore unable to purchase right now, the darkly humorous Shredder Clock may motivate you to get up on time in the mornings. This is, in effect, a cash-note sized paper shredder on a timer, that will operate at a certain time unless you get up to switch it off. The concept is a good-looking device, backed up by a very good idea since the incentive to getting you out of bed is stopping whatever you have placed in it, be it money or even precious letters or pictures, being cut into ribbons. Your brain will often work very differently, when it is just waking up, to the way it works at any other time of the day. So if you need to get up on time in the morning, it is important that the necessary awakening stimuli are put in place before turning in, to prevent you from oversleeping.

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    This Post was posted in Blackout Blinds and was tagged with alarm, automatic, blackout, blinds, roller blinds, timer

  • Motorised Blinds for Increased Home Security

    Posted on 7th June 2011 by Chris.

    All over the world, one of the most common criminal acts is burglary. We all take a multitude of precautions in the effort of protecting our homes and offices from trespassers. To assist with these efforts, there are many home security gadgets available today that can alert home owners to a burglar's presence or prevent their intrusion entirely by creating the illusion of owner occupancy.

    As is often said, prevention is better than a cure, and many home security gadgets appear to have been made with this phrase in mind. Dependent on what you leave on display, you could be making your home into a burglar magnet or a burglar deterrent. You may have already heard of basic preventative measures such as placing alarm system stickers in the windows or putting up CCTV cameras or even imitation cameras. A tool that you may not have heard about is the Fake TV. This is a small, portable light that simulates the light effects of a real television whenever the room it is placed in starts darkening, but it uses less power than a standard lamp and so is much more eco-friendly than leaving your actual television on. Team this up with the installation of  Controliss motorised window blinds that, along with the Controliss Air30GMT timer, can be programmed to operate automatically at any time of the day, and your home is quickly a less likely target for burglary.

    When someone uninvited is on your property, you want to know about it. Common home security systems are very effective when it comes to letting your neighbours know that an alarm has been triggered in your home, but if you are at work or elsewhere, it is unlikely that you are aware of it. AlertMe Home Security Monitoring would enable you to receive an immediate alert, either by phone, text or email, when ever an intrusion is detected. Also with this system, a keyfob can be used to arm or disarm your entire AlertMe Home Monitoring kit or if you forget to do this, you can log on to your AlertMe dashboard to arm your system online or using your mobile, away from home. Another system you may not have considered, is a garden or driveway alarm. The advantage of installing one of these is that you are forewarned during the approach of any uninvited individuals. Keeping your house safe could not only be important for the safety of your possessions, but may also be for the safety of loved ones. Having effective security systems in place will give greater peace of mind to you and to those dearest to you, and so is worth a fair amount of consideration.

    This Post was posted in Motorised Blinds and was tagged with alarm, blinds, controliss, home, home security, Motorised Blinds, safety, security systems, timer

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