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Smart Power Socket Makes your Home Smarter

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Category: Hardware Published on Friday, 12 July 2013

How smart is your home?

We’re not just talking about turning lights on and off remotely, but tasks ranging from remotely regulating the temperature to setting burglar alarms.

The new Smart Power Socket ($157 - $209 depending on features) from Finland’s Intellitronics, Inc. performs these tasks and more by simply plugging it into a wall outlet.

We played with the Smart Power Socket 707, which is the “premium” model offering the most built-in features and were pleasantly surprised by how well it worked.

The only drawback we could find was the additional expense of loading a SIM card with “time” from a wireless service provider. This is similar to prepaying for time for a cellular phone. The card we used had 30 minutes preloaded on it, so we didn’t incur any charges, but the fees involved can become pretty steep depending on how often you access the power socket using a mobile phone or landline and how many minutes you load on it.  

For example, purchasing data for a Verizon card ranges from $60 for 2 GB of data per month to $70 for 4 GB. Obviously you can probably find less expensive plans on the Internet.

That aside, we were able to accomplish several tasks by simply dialing the number of the SIM card or texting to it or by using the iSocket Android or iPhone app, which simplifies the process.

There are a few basic commands you need to remember if you’re accessing the device via text or voice, including: status, on, off, restart, temperature or runtime. There are also different variations of these commands that are outlined in the manual.

You can avoid having to remember these commands by using the app.

Once the SIM card has been inserted in the device and it’s plugged in, you can:

·         Remotely turn devices on or off.

·         Schedule times for devices to be turned on or off.

·         Schedule times to reset the temperature.

·         Remotely regulate the temperature in your house (using an additional accessory).

·         Remotely monitor the temperature.

·         Receive temperature rise/fall alerts.

·         Monitor the sound in a room using the built-in microphone.

·         You can connect optional door and motion sensors to monitor activity in your home.

For more information and to see all of the models available, check out the company’s website at www.isocketworld.com.

 

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