You’ve made the decision to start improving your home with some smart technology, but how should you begin? One of the first steps you will probably take is to purchase a Smart Plug. With this device you will be able to turn 'on' or 'off' any electronic plugged into it via smartphone app or though voice control with a smart speaker like the Amazon Echo Dot.
I have my coffee machine plugged into the TP link model and it has been working great for many months, the convenience of being able to turn on my coffee machine while I am still half asleep in bed is allows me to catch an extra snooze, and now that I have that option, I couldn’t imagine living without it.
TVs and lights are some of the other devices that could benefit from this function. Being able to say “Alexa turn off TV” instead of searching for the remote or walking across the living room would be great considering how much time you would save in the long run.
Think about how much money in tips you give your waitress at a restaurant for simply walking back a forth a few times, which is about $10 or more per meal, and over a year’s time if you go out to eat every week, that figure could increase to over $1,000. Why wouldn’t you invest $30 in a device that alleviates running back and forth in your home for years to come?
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The new generation of smart plugs is now smaller than ever, and allows you to have two per outlet. But if a truly seamless smart home integration is desired, what you need is a smart outlet such as this one. The problem with this option is that it requires installation beyond a few click of your smartphone, it requires using a screwdriver and a little research into wiring the device.
My guess is that homes in the future will be built from the ground up with this in mind, some of kind of partnership between builders and smart home manufacturers will begin and will people who build their home will have the option to have these devices already installed and ready to go.