It really does seem like there’s an app for almost everything these days. One of the latest in a long line of ‘smart’ devices to emerge is the Smart Power Strip, which allows you to remotely control plugged in household appliances via a smartphone app (iOS and Android).
The app has a range of functions including switching appliances on and off, setting a timer to switch them on and off at a certain time, sending push notifications to let you know when appliances have been on for too long, and even monitoring the energy consumption of your appliances in real time.
Developer of the Smart Power Strip, Roger Yiu, is seeking backing for his invention on crowd funding site Kickstarter, and has already raised more than half of his $100,000 goal.
The Smart Power Strip is still in the early stages of development and currently only features US power sockets, but Yiu is interested in attracting international backers so that he can develop strips to accommodate a wide range of plugs.
The power strip will retail for $199 with first shipping for the US expected in April. $199 (£125) may sound pretty steep for a power strip, but the ability to control your appliances when you’re away as well as keep an eye on your energy consumption could could save you a fortune in bills and burglary!
Over to you…
Would you buy a Smart Power Strip?