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Winplus Home Automation Ultimate Starter and Security Kits - Reviewed

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Miscellaneous

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I am all for home automation but I draw the line at the suggestion it enables us to wake up in the morning with a pot of coffee freshly brewed all while still fast asleep!  For some that might be the nearest thing to heaven but there are more useful things to automate in my opinion.  For starters, the ability to control or dim certain lights is a good idea.  Or to switch on otherwise inaccessible devices around the house.  And certainly the ability to simplify the control of home entertainment devices.

 

Let's have a look at the Winplus Home Automation and the Ultimate Starter Kit which lets you do all that.


We will also have a quick look at the capabilities of the Security Kit which ties into many of the functions as well in addition to being a full-fledged security system.

Led Lenser Aviator V2 Torch - Reviewed

Written by Kevin Cheng on . Posted in Miscellaneous

Read more: Led Lenser Aviator V2 Torch - ReviewedIn a break from the technology side of gadgets, DigitalReviews takes a look at the Led Lenser Aviator V2 Torch.  It is advertised to be used by pilots and professionals the world over, "the Aviator torch from Led Lenser is one gadget you shouldn't be without!"

Swann DVR4-Pro-Net Combo Kit - Reviewed

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Miscellaneous

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Remote Viewing with Motion Detection


Our previous Swann Communications product review was about the Digital Private Eye.  It was a handy device, unobtrusive but ultimately rather limited.

The DVR4-Pro-Net Combo Kit is a much more professional setup and a bit more complicated, both to install and to suss out the various features.
With 4 CCTV cameras, an LCD Monitor and a DVR recorder this combo kit means business: it will keep your home or business premises under surveillance for a long, long time, recording only when it detects motion as one of the options.  It can even alert you over the Internet if an intruder is afoot!

PURE Brilliance - Segatoys Homestar PURE Home Planetarium

Written by Paul Moons on . Posted in Miscellaneous

Read more: PURE Brilliance - Segatoys Homestar PURE Home PlanetariumSegatoys’ Homestar PURE is a home planetarium, which like its astronomically expensive museum counterparts, projects images of the night sky onto a ceiling. Unlike its museum cousins, however, the Homestar PURE is small, simple to operate and at $122US, very affordable.

Read on for our full review...

Linksys WRT100 RangePlus Wireless G Broadband Router Reviewed

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Miscellaneous

Read more: Linksys WRT100 RangePlus Wireless G Broadband Router ReviewedRecently we made mention of the Linksys WRT100 RangePlus Wireless G Broadband Router with MIMO from Cisco.
In that News Post we gave all the specs and the main features so we won't have to go into those details too much but will focus now on how easy it was to install. 

And also: what sort of range can you expect from the RangePlus?  Will it cover your whole house? 

 

Read on to find out.

 

DIY Kyoto Wattson: Energy Monitoring made Elementary

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Miscellaneous

Read more: DIY Kyoto Wattson:  Energy Monitoring made ElementaryWatts in a name?  Well, that must have something to do with electricity, doesn't it? 

It's pretty elementary as Sherlock Holmes would say to his inquisitive offsider, Watson.

 

I love the name that DIY Kyoto has given to this energy monitoring device. 

Do It Yourself Kyoto is also pretty indicative of the type of company behind this. 

So let's see what the Wattson is capable of telling us apart from all the pretty colours and numbers.

 

Swann Communications Digital Private Eye - Reviewed

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Miscellaneous

Read more: Swann Communications Digital Private Eye - ReviewedThe need for security – often in the form of covert surveillance – is rapidly increasing in our modern world.

Our homes and businesses follow the trend set by governments and law enforcement agencies.

I was looking around for an unobtrusive recording device that would have motion activation and take reasonable good pictures at set intervals.
I think I've found exactly that when I came across the Swann Communications Digital Private Eye. And as a bonus it also functions as a webcam.
Let's see what it is all about.

 

Belgium, the Movie - a Short Review

Written by Ashleigh on . Posted in Miscellaneous

Read more: Belgium, the Movie - a Short ReviewIf there is one thing that fascinates me it's flying low and slow and taking in the scenery below. 

I am lucky that I can do that in the course of my work as an aerial photographer but there are plenty of places that I haven't been to and love to see from an aerial perspective. 

Belgium is not one of those places.  I have flown over this small country many times when living in Holland but it is one thing to just fly over it in the course of your work than to be able to sit back in your lounge chair, to relax and let the whole scenery unfold before you on a high-definition screen.  It is the same difference as cooking your own meal or going to a top-notch restaurant for a gourmet dinner.
Belgium, the Movie, subtitled Enjoy Your Flight over Belgium, is such a gastronomic delight, so to speak.  It portrays Belgium as few tourists (or Belgians!) will ever experience it: flying through Brussels, following the grand boulevards in your helicopter -- not all that much higher than treetop level...

aXbo Alarm Clock GiveAway: the People's Verdict

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Miscellaneous

Read more: aXbo Alarm Clock GiveAway: the People's VerdictYou might remember that DigitalReviews.net ran a GiveAway some months ago for the aXbo Sleep Phase Alarm Clock.

It has proven to be a most popular competition and three aXbo units could be won, courtesy of aXbo in Austria where this unique product is manufactured.

We promised a final write-up-- following our original review here -- the people's verdict.

Two of the three winners decided to let us know what they thought of the aXbo.

Read their reports below.

 

 

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