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Instant Home Automation According to Air Temperature

December 24, 2011 Leave a comment

The Thermo Cube is designed to turn your appliances on and off according to the current air temperature. It is able to achieve this instantly without the addition of a costly control unit. Save money and time by only running equipment when necessary. Perfect for automating weather-related electronic devices such as space heaters and fans. Thermo Cube’s weatherproof design makes it capable of indoor and outdoor applications. Each unit has two receptacles for use with more than one device and can operate loads up to 1800 Watts, 15 Amps and 120VAC.

Smarthome carries 5 models of the Thermo Cube: 

Thermo Cube TC-1 (On at 0 °F, Off at 10 °F)

Thermo Cube TC-2 (On at 20 °F, Off at 30 °F)

Thermo Cube TC-3 (On at 35 °F, Off at 45 °F)

Thermo Cube TC-21 (On at 78 °F, Off at 70 °F)

Thermo Cube TC-22 (On at 120 °F, Off at 100 °F)

 Each model is designed to turn your appliances and other electronic devices on and off at pre-set air temperatures. Decide which model is perfect for you and head on over to Smarthome.com.

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Keep dogs happy and healthy by providing them with a guaranteed source of cool water

December 24, 2011 1 comment

It’s easily done with the WaterDog, an easy and convenient system that installs on any outdoor spigot and supplies dogs with fresh, clean water on demand. Once hooked up, the WaterDog’s ultrasonic sensors will automatically turn the flow of water on and off based on the dog’s proximity. You’ll never have to worry about forgetting to fill Scruffy’s bowl again!

Contech WAT-001 WaterDog

The WaterDog uses sonar technology to sense the presence of an object in a cone shaped area in front of its sensors. It’s important to note that the sensors don’t detect motion, but presence. That is, if your dog is present in this active cone area, moving or not, the WaterDog will turn on its water supply.

Maintaining an adequate supply of cool water should be a priority for pet owners, especially during the summer and winter, as pets will often not drink sun-heated or frozen water, increasing the risk of dehydration. WaterDog provides the solution by giving instant access to fresh water from which pets can drink until satiated. In addition, WaterDog can also significantly reduce the risk of contracting intestinal diseases, such as Giardia, which can be caused by dogs drinking from stagnant water contaminated by parasites or bacteria.

The WaterDog also includes a flood protection feature. Should your dog stay in the unit’s active area for longer than 5 minutes, the water will shut off and remain off until the dog leaves the active area. This feature will protect your yard or kennel from flooding.

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DIY: A Complete and High Quality Home or Business Surveillance System

December 24, 2011 Leave a comment

Mace MVK-SQ4CH4CAMB MaceView System Kit: 4 Channel Security DVR and 4 IR Bullet Cameras
This kit includes everything you will need to get started on a full-featured and high quality surveillance system to keep your home or business secure. A H.264 4-channel networkable DVR is easy to program and can be managed locally or remotely, offering the perfect solution for DIY security customers. Four cameras and power/video cables are already included. Each of the cameras is weather resistant and can be used in both indoor and outdoor applications. With a 1/3″ CCD imager and 4mm lens, each of the cameras delivers clear images at a resolution up to 420 TV lines. Eighteen IR LEDs are built-in to offer evenly-distributed night vision for up to 50 feet. The cameras are suitable for day and night conditions with a minimum illumination of 0 lux. The cables are each 100 feet long, allowing for greater distances without signal loss.

The DVR also features two audio microphone inputs. There are four recording modes available: manual, scheduled, motion detection, and alarm triggered. Email alerts can be sent out when events are detected or alarms are triggered. The DVR can be controlled with the included remote control, USB mouse, or front panel. You can also view footage over the Internet using a PC, laptop, or supported Smartphone. Read more

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