Expanding IoT: Smart Outlets

Expanding IoT: Smart Outlets

Gone are the days of the regular, two plug power outlet. IoT is expanding, and smart outlets are here. There are several different ways that power outlets are updating. In this blog post, we'll discuss a few of the great new tech products that can update the power outlets in your home.

IoT is expanding, and smart outlets are here. There are several different ways that power outlets are updating. In this blog post, we'll discuss a few of the great new tech products that can update the power outlets in your home.

Integrate USB ports

Having USB ports integrated into power outlets is a move that simplifies charging for devices like fitness trackers, smart phones, tablets, and more. However, adding a USB port can involve electrical rewiring, so SnapPower came up with a different solution. The SnapPower charger simply replaces your existing outlet cover, adding a USB port below the standard power outlets. Installation takes less than five minutes, and the only tool you need is a flat-head screwdriver.

Smart Outlet Updates

iSocket has created a smart outlet that will text you when the power goes out. The iSocket 3G uses a small battery backup, a cellular radio, and a SIM card so that when it detects an interruption, the socket stays powered long enough to send an alert about the issue. Though perhaps not ideal for everyone, iSocket is most useful for people whose homes have critical components that need to stay powered, and/or are frequently at risk of an outage.

Adding Voice Control

Insteon's On/Off Outlet is sleek (coming in a variety of finishes)and lets you automate both individual sockets through the Insteon app. In addition to a variety of features, it offers extra functionality for Windows devices and support for Cortana-based voice controls.

These are just a few of the new products out there (not covered: the popular Belkin We-Mo smart outlets, which offer multiple options at different convenience-levels and price-points, the Bluetooth-powered Avi-on Movable Light Switch, and more...)