Often, it’s the simple stuff that makes the most sense. Case in point: the ConnectSense Smart Outlet from Grid Connect. On the surface, the Wi-Fi device, which plugs into a standard electrical outlet looks very vanilla–featuring just a couple of wall sockets and a USB charging port. The port itself frees up the outlets for other purposes, which is cool.
But what makes the ConnectSense something to get excited about is its ability to respond to voice commands. Because it’s compatible with Apple HomeKit, anything that’s plugged into the ConnectSense–like a floorlamp–can be controlled through Siri.
Plus, the ConnectSense will be able to communicate with other HomeKit devices, which means, for example, when a HomeKit-enabled garage door opener activates, the ConnectSense could turn on the entertainment system that’s plugged into it. Fun, easy, practical, and priced at less than $100, it’s an affordable way to start automating your home.
While it may be the newest product in Grid Connect’s line of products, it’s no the only device that can smarten up a home, and do so fairly economically. A variety of battery-powered sensors round out the portfolio, and through Wi-Fi and the cloud, they can become really useful tools for monitoring and managing the well-being of a home.
Using an app, you can set up rules and notifications so that you’ll know the instant something happens at your home, such as a water leak. The data collected by the sensors is stored in the cloud, and is accessible anytime, anywhere via your smartphone or any other device with a web browser. There is no monthly fee for the notification service. Sensors include a temperature sensor, humidity sensor, water leak sensor, motion sensor and light sensor. these can be added to your house one at a time, so you can invest in smart technology gradually, as you need it.