A Very Connected Christmas

Holiday decorations can be one of the most exciting parts of the holiday season, but seeing trees and houses lit up against the snow comes with its drawbacks. Nobody likes the hassle of hidden switches and plugs which can only be accessed by crawling, or going out in the cold.

The ConnectSense Smart Outlet offers the perfect solution to this inconvenience. This HomeKit-enabled smart plug allows the user to turn off whatever is plugged in from the most convenient location. Whether you forgot to turn them off on the way out the door or simply want to avoid the uncomfortable nuisance of turning them off, the Smart Outlet fits all cases.

The user can even set timers for their lights and monitor the power usage of more dazzling arrangements. Order a Smart Outlet today to experience some good cheer in comfort and style.

Happy Holidays!

Now Available: Power Monitoring!

We are excited to announce the release of power monitoring for the ConnectSense Smart Outlet! This feature will allow for a whole new range of functionality, such as the ability to monitor devices and set rules based on how long a device has been on, or how much power it is consuming.

These features will open up avenues for new applications. Some of us at ConnectSense have already started coming up with new ways to apply this functionality in our own homes. For instance, Erik, Head Developer at Grid Connect, is using the new update in conjunction with his movie projector at home. Since this projector uses a lot of power, he wanted to monitor how long it would be on and automatically shut it down after period of time or when a certain amount of power has been consumed. Erik has set a rule that dims the lights when the projector gets turned on in preparation for movie time. This allows him to control the entire room with one simple rule.

Brittney, VP of Marketing, had the idea to plug a hair straightener into her ConnectSense Smart Outlet. With a time-based rule for the device to shut off automatically if she forgets to do it herself, Brittney can have a sense of safety about her home when she leaves it, knowing the device will turn off no matter what.  

Power monitoring makes the Smart Outlet useful to a whole new group of devices: TVs and video game systems can now have an automatic parental shutdown; dehumidifiers and standalone fans can have a designated lifecycle; and a nightlight for the kids can be safely triggered off when the whole family is asleep.    

There are so many possibilities for new functionality with this update, and we are excited to see the other ways it can be used. Of course, there is no cost associated with this for existing owners or those thinking about picking one up for themselves.

Click here to learn more about the capabilities of the ConnectSense Smart Outlet!

ConnectSense Introduces Power Monitoring to Smart Outlet

Smart Outlet Price Dropped to $59.95

NAPERVILLE, Ill. — (October 20, 2016) — ConnectSense, a developer and manufacturer of home automation products, announced the addition of power monitoring to its ConnectSense Smart Outlet and the ConnectSense app.

With the ConnectSense app, users can easily create integrated scenes and rules for the Smart Outlet and other home automation devices regardless of manufacturer, with just a few simple steps. Users can control their smart devices with the touch of a button or using Siri voice control.

With detailed power monitoring, users have insight into the power consumption of devices plugged into the Smart Outlet, as well as how long devices have been turned on. This allows users to adopt more energy efficient habits or to replace energy-hogging devices or appliances with more efficient choices.

Unique to the ConnectSense app is the ability to create rules based on power usage. For example, a homeowner can set a rule that says if the television has been on for three hours, turn it off. Also, for safety, rules can be set to turn off hot or potentially dangerous devices, such as flat irons, if they have been left on for an extended period of time.

More complex scenarios also can be set up to automate environments. For example, in a home theater, a homeowner can set a rule that says when the projector turns on, the room lights dim.

“We are happy to provide our customers a way to monitor their energy usage, and give them more control over their devices,” said Adam Justice, founder of ConnectSense. “Among the reasons to automate a home is to make it more energy efficient and to save money, and power monitoring will be an important tool in this effort.”

The ConnectSense power monitoring feature is available via firmware update free to existing customers in the current ConnectSense app.

ConnectSense also announced it is dropping the price of its ConnectSense Smart Outlet to $59.95. The Smart Outlet features two Internet-connected electrical sockets that enable users to control devices plugged into them using Siri via their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Apple Watch. 

About ConnectSense
ConnectSense develops and manufactures home automation products, including the ConnectsSense Smart Outlet and a line of wireless sensors that monitor changes in your environment then notifies you by email or text when something goes awry. ConnectSense can be found at www.connectsense.com and on Twitter at @ConnectSense.

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For information contact:

Linda Muskin, 847-432-7300
lmuskin@teamclarus.com

Mara Conklin, 847-816-9411
mconklin@teamclarus.com

The Ultimate Family Tool: The ConnectSense Smart Outlet

Modern technology is beginning to change the way families complete everyday tasks, allowing for the concept of the smart home to flourish. Convenience, versatility, and safety are at the forefront of this push for the connected home; families are finally beginning to reap the benefits of utilizing smart technology. One of the most powerful, cost-effective products on the market is the ConnectSense Smart Outlet, which allows any family to create a flexible smart environment at a low price. The Smart Outlet can be used as a solution for many multifaceted applications, making the lives of parents and children much more convenient.

Parenting has never been easier with the ConnectSense Smart Outlet. A lot of children need a nightlight in order to fall asleep every night, but leaving these on all the time can use a lot of electricity. If parents try to go in their child’s room and turn the nightlight off, they could wake their children up, making it harder for them to put them to bed again. This smart outlet is able to set a nightlight to be turned on whenever the child goes to bed, then it can be set to be turned off a couple hours after the child is asleep. This will allow parents to save power and avoid the hassle of waking their child up after they have already fallen asleep.

The morning is always a very busy time for families, with kids getting ready for school, and parents getting ready for work. Simplify the morning routine by connecting a variety of household appliances to the Smart Outlet. Wake up in the morning and use a Siri voice command, such as “Good morning Siri,” which could then start the coffee pot to help the parents get through the day, start the toaster to make the kids breakfast, and turn on all of the lights downstairs. These controllable and flexible scenes can be very powerful in making busy and rushed hours of the day much more convenient for families.

Another incredibly practical application for the Smart Outlet can be found in its ability to control devices while away from home. If someone has left the house and wasn’t sure if they left the lights on, they would have the ability to see all of the lights that are on and turn them off, thus cutting down the cost of electricity bills. If the parents need to go to the grocery store and decide to leave the kids at home, they can control the lights and television from their smartphone to help create the illusion that everyone is home and the house is lively.

Utilizing this elegantly simple technology, families can reduce the stress of everyday activities, allowing for less time moving around and more time to spend with each other. Parents and children will be able to live much more convenient lives at home, while reducing power usage at the same time. The ConnectSense Smart Outlet is an affordable solution for turning any home into a smart home. 

The Future of the Smart Office

Imagine working in an office where everything can be controlled with ease; installing various cost-efficient smart devices can make any office a smart office. The workplace is designed to be a space for employees to maximize efficiency within the work day. Implementing smart technology within an office space can help any business create a more efficient environment. Employees will have access to more resources that will assist in reducing the time it takes to complete simple tasks. Businesses will cut costs across the board with the ability to monitor any workspace, thus reducing energy usage and other wasted resources.

The future of the workplace is a bright one. Being able to control the lights with voice commands, simple movements, or gestures is among the many potential benefits of this technology. Having efficient use of lighting is any easy way to cut down on energy consumption. Implementing technology such as the ConnectSense Light Sensor, businesses can monitor when lights are on/off and then control them remotely, allowing for more efficient lighting systems to be established.

In addition to the energy costs that can be cut with light management, there are other ways that an office can be improved. There are other smart sensors that can help monitor an environment. Using a Temperature and Humidity sensor can help business gather accurate, reliable data about how the temperature is being controlled. This can help in creating changes in an environment before things become an expensive problem. Managing the office environment with smart technology can help reduce energy usage in many different ways and save business lots of money each month.

The development of the smart office can occur in a variety of ways. Creating intelligent spaces will make the office a much safer and more efficient place. Even though sensors are common ways of monitoring energy usage, there are other sensors that can be used to help make a workplace a safer place at all times. There are smart security cameras, Motion Sensors,  and Security Sensors that can help keep employees and valuable equipment protected. Having a safe environment will give employees the peace of mind and the comfort to work without distraction.

There is an enormous potential for businesses to save money with these cost-efficient smart devices. The future of the workplace is one in which employees are not concerned about their safety, in which employers can cut costs, and where people can actually get work done. Employees cannot be expected to be efficient if the place they work is not efficient itself. In order for companies to continue to grow, smart technology should be a universal standard within the professional world.