Top 20 Automated Home Posts of the Year 2013

Another year has passed and with it the chance to look back at the state of the union in the world of home automation.  There have been many new smart home product launches during the last 12 months and often they’ve sprung from the crowd funding sites KickStarter and Indiegogo.

Smartphone and tablet apps have cemented themselves as the control medium of choice as every area of the smart home has embraced the ubiquitous touch screens.  The ever popular Raspberry Pi features 3 times in our top 10 and there’s still plenty of interest in heating controls too with 4 entries in the top 20.  An honourable mention goes to our BMW i3 Electric car review, which saw the biggest single days traffic of the year.

You bargain hunting Plex fans out there put the £10 Now TV hack at number 3 and our number 2 post on iBeacons was picked up by GigaOm and got a Retweet from Robert Scoble no less (fame at last). But the number one most read article for 2013 was our comprehensive round up of Home Automation Systems and Technology Choices.  Be sure to check it and the other 19 posts below and remember to subscribe to make sure you don’t miss a single post next year.

Many thanks to all our loyal Automated Home readers and contributors for making the last 12 months so rewarding and successful.  Wishing you all a Happy and Automated New Year!


01. Home Automation Systems and Technology Choices

02. Apple iBeacons Explained – Smart Home Occupancy Sensing Solved?

03. Now TV + 10 Minute Hack = £10 Wireless Plex Media Player

04. eQ-3 MAX! Affordable Wireless Heating Control with your Smartphone or Raspberry Pi

05. Raspberry Pi Adds Z-Wave Home Automation with Plug-In Module

06. RaspLogic Home Automation Software for the Raspberry Pi

07. New Wireless DIY Smart Home Alarm Features SMS Text, Apps and RFID

08. Honeywell Reveal New evohome Smartphone Controlled Zoned Heating System

09. Zipato ZipaBox Wireless Home Automation Controller Mega Review

10. Nest is Testing Its Learning Thermostat in the UK

11. The Plex Media Server and the Mac mini DIY Fusion Drive

12. Fibaro 3 in 1 Z-Wave Door / Window Sensor Review

13. SkyBell Interview: A Look at the Wi-Fi Doorbell with CCTV & Motion Detection

14. SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap Review

15. Video: DoorBot the Wi-Fi Enabled Smart Doorbell

16. Indigo: Home Automation on the Mac – Part 1

17. Gadget of the Week: 13A Mains Wall Socket with Built in USB Charger

18. Hack Your Heating Using an iPhone Geo-fence

19. Why I Regret Making My House a Smart-House

20. Domoticz is New Free Open Source Home Automation Software


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2 Comments on "Top 20 Automated Home Posts of the Year 2013"

  1. Chris Hunter | December 30, 2013 at 5:41 pm |

    Mark – just to say, noticed your iBeacon feature was also linked-to from this article :

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