These days, everything is becoming smart, and the more things you can control from a single device, the better off you are. You don’t have to remember lock combinations anymore, thanks to smart locks, and now, you can have a smart electrical outlet that will turn any device that you plug into the wall into a smart one.
Smart outlets have been around for a while, but so far, they’ve been expensive, unattractive and sometimes hard to use.
Intelliplug says they’re going to change that, with a soon-to-be-released device that’s small, attractive, easy to use and affordable.
The Intelliplug will allow you to control nearly any device that you plug into the wall. Just plug the Intelliplug in, and then plug your device into the Intelliplug. You can control the device via your smartphone using either Android or iOS phones.
Here are a few of the nice features about the Intelliplug:
- Works with smart phones or wifi-enabled devices
- Small enough that it will not block off adjacent plugs
- App can control multiple Intelliplugs at once
- You can set a timer or schedule to turn a device on or off as you like
- Amazon Alexa compatible
- AES256 encryption
The one thing I couldn’t determine about the Intelliplug is the load rating. I don’t know exactly how large an appliance you can plug in. In the demo, they show lamps and coffee pots, but those draw relatively little current.
On the other hand, the company creating the Intelliplug, cnct, says they’re trying to bring the thing to market through an Indigogo campaign. Because of this, there’s an early bird special that will allow you to get a single Intelliplug for just $10, plus shipping.
The cnct app will be continually evolving, but the company promises that you won’t have to worry about compatibility. As the software gets upgraded, your existing plugs will continue to work. The Intelliplug also has a built-in on/off switch, just in case you want to turn your device on or off manually.
They also have upgrades, if you’d like to donate more money. Their funding target is $25,000, which is relatively modest, and estimated delivery is just two months away.
Admittedly, not everyone is going to need this device, but it’s handy if you’d like to have lamps turn on and off at random times when you’re away. It’s also good for starting a coffee pot when you wake up, rather than having it start at a preselected time via the built-in timer that most coffee makers have.
People will likely also come up with other clever uses for the thing.