Don’t Touch!

If there’s something to learn from the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s that we should be minimising contact with surfaces; including light switches, and other common devices. Since the development of the first usable light bulb in the late 1800s, we have become...

Good morning

Imagine… Your alarm clock peacefully wakes you up at 5am. As you remove the bed covers, and your feet touch the floor, a suptle glow of light illuminates your path to the bathroom and robe, allowing you to change into your gym clothes in an unobtrusive, dimmed...

Be aware of digital-analogues

When presenting and discussing smart homes, I often talk about pseudo-smart homes – smart homes that are not actually smart. Most ‘smart homes’ are really electronic homes or connected homes. Most homes have multiple standalone electronic systems (e.g. lighting...

Disrupting the disrupters

  IKEA Trådfri IKEA is getting into the smart home automation market with a range of smart lighting products called Trådfri, meaning “wireless” in Swedish. Importantly, for the greater smart home and home automation market, the IKEA Trådfri range is built around...

Ditch the switch

“While every person is unique, human behaviour is predictable” ~ Anon Our daily lives are mostly predictable, or at least very regular; from the moment we wake, to when we sleep. A well designed smart home can take advantage of regularity, to automate...