Energy Efficiency

Smart Phones Contributing to Plug Load Efficiency

Smart Power Strip Lets You Control Appliances Remotely

Mashable, December 1, 2013

With its built-in Wi-Fi, the Smart Power Strip allows users to remotely control their plugged-in home appliances via a smartphone app. From the iOS or Android app, users can remotely switch an appliance on or off. Other app functions include programming a timer to turn the appliance automatically on and off at a certain time, setting up a push notification reminder when appliances have been on for too long, and monitoring the specific energy consumption of different electronics.

Still in the early stages of development, creator Roger Yiu launched the Smart Power Strip on Kickstarter. The initial Smart Power Strip prototype features three U.S. power sockets, but the final model will include a fourth outlet. Yiu is also open to accommodating international backers interested in EU, UK, Australian and other plugs.

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