Back to college? What the kids need

Heading off to college is an exciting time for most students, but there are a couple of things that can be done to prepare them to be successful. College students no longer have their parents living with them, which is why they should be prepared to take care of themselves. There are a couple of cheap items that students can purchase to make living on their own painlessly easy, giving them ample time to work on classwork, or simply just relax.

In a video that details some modern necessities for heading back to school, the ConnectSense Smart Outlet received special mention. This device allows students to automate their dorms and apartments at a cheap price. Whether it is turning on the lights from their desk or bed with a Siri voice command, or making a pot of coffee on their way back from class with the touch of a button, the Smart Outlet allows students to control their living environment with ease. The Smart Outlet will make life significantly more convenient for students, providing instantaneous control over any electronic device or appliance. 

To see the fully video from WWLP, please visit http://wwlp.com/2016/08/22/back-to-college-what-the-kids-need/

How to Control your Setup like a Boss

Having to individually turn on/off an assortment of devices every time you enter a room can be a major nuisance and a waste of time. Any room can be controlled with ease utilizing the Apple HomeKit compatible, ConnectSense Smart Outlet. It essentially allows users to group all of their smart home devices together and control them via Siri voice commands. The outlet has two separately controlled outlets, a 2.4A USB port (perfect for charging phones and tablets), and two buttons for turning each outlet on/off.

This device is painlessly easy to setup! Simply plug the device into the wall and follow the quick setup steps included in the box; the device will be up and running in a matter of minutes. Once the device is setup, each outlet can be controlled with the touch of a button. The app allows users to change the name of outlets and use different icons to identify different devices. The app is intuitive and well-designed, allowing for the seamless creation of homes, rooms, zones, and scenes. All of these can be controlled in instantaneously using the powerful Siri voice commands.

If you love your setup and want to take it to the next level then you are going to love ConnectSense. Basically we have a smart outlet that runs via Apple HomeKit technology and allows you to control whatever you want via Siri.

Here's What People Have to Say about the ConnectSense Smart Outlet

We know that getting started with creating a smart home can be a daunting task.  That's why we’ve designed the Smart Outlet to be easy to use and include a setup process that only takes a couple minutes to complete. There are also some great features for controlling the product like Siri Voice control and support for Apple HomeKit.  In addition, we remain committed to adding new and exciting features to the product going forward.

While we don’t expect users to have any issues with the Smart Outlet, we have a friendly and knowledgeable support team that is ready and willing to help.  We also offer a 30-day money-back guarantee on all of our products as well as a 1-year warranty!

Finding information on products is not always easy, so we decided to make it easier by putting everything in one place.  We have highlighted some of our favorite reviews from customers on Amazon and the press below.  Feel free to provide feedback on the Smart Outlet and share it with us through a review or by contacting us; we love to hear from customers and are always looking for feedback on our products!

Consumer Reviews:

Great Scott! – 5/5 Stars

This is a HUGE upgrade from those little outlet timers we used to use! I ordered my Smart Outlet and it was delivered within two days which is great because I was super excited to play with it! It came in a neat package so I posed it with some Pellegrino and took a photo. The device fits perfectly into our outlets and its simple design blends in perfectly with any home. The fact that it works with Apple HomeKit is a major bonus! I plugged the Smart Outlet in and within minutes, I downloaded Connect Sense's app and added my device. Don't laugh, but there was great satisfaction in scanning the device number with my phone's camera to add it (as opposed to manually entering the numbers)!

The Future is Here!  - 5/5 Stars

I LOVE both of my ConnectSense smart outlets! I have wowed many friends by using Siri to adjust my lights, but more than that it's just practical. I use one outlet in my main living area to control two separate lamps (also my primary phone charger via USB) and the other in our master bathroom to control/monitor power to my wife's hair dryer and hair straightening iron. For the living area I set a rule to turn on the living room lamps at sunset and they go on without me even thinking about it. I haven't used the timer functionality yet, but I will give that a run in the next few days when I go out of town. The customizability and ability to set rules based on solar events, time, and on/off status really set this *dual* outlet apart from some of the other options I looked at. I hope that Apple + ConnectSense are able to build on this functionality in the future (e.g. geo-based rules when my phone nears home or connects to Wi-Fi, day of week scheduling, and countdown timer to turn an outlet on/off 'x' hours after it was turned on.) Like another one of the reviewers, it did drop the Wi-Fi a few times, but that was easily resolved for me by unplugging/replugging the outlet. It also looks like that's being corrected by forthcoming firmware update.

Helps you control and monitor the power in your home – 5/5 Stars

One of the things I dislike during the holidays is turning the Christmas tree lights on and off. After the tree is decorated and presents are stashed underneath, it can become very difficult to plug and unplug the tree lights. I can’t tell you how many times I stumbled over my own feet trying to turn on the lights. This is one reason I love the insurance of smart outlets into the connected home space. While I’ve had the opportunity to test out a couple of different kinds of smart outlets, I am particularly fond of the ConnectSense Smart Outlet. It works with Apple HomeKit and has a very simple installation process. The ConnectSense Smart Outlet makes it possible for you to control certain non-smart devices with Siri. For example, say you have a lamp that is not WiFi capable and neither is its bulb. You could plug the ConnectSense Smart Outlet into the wall and then the lamp into Smart Outlet. You could then control the power signal to the object from your phone, or through Siri. This type of option is particularly useful for Christmas-time when you want to do things like turn your lights on and off. Saying, “Siri, turn off the Christmas tree,” to your phone is very liberating.

Press Reviews:

Mashable - Apple may be working on an app to control home products, report says

In an article about Apple potentially releasing a Home app to provide HomeKit users with more control over devices, ConnectSense received special mention for being one of the best products in the first batch of HomeKit-enabled products.

Grid Connect's ConnectSense Smart Outlet ($79), which will run on Apple's HomeKit platform, turns existing products in the house like lamps, older game consoles and dishwashers into smart appliances.

iLounge-  Review: Grid Connect ConnectSense Smart Outlet

The ConnectSense Smart Outlet was ranked higher than other competing HomeKit outlets, such iDevices’ Switch, in iLounge’s series of HomeKit product reviews. The Smart Outlet was highly recommended and received an “A-” grade due to its seamless integration with HomeKit as well as its user-friendliness.

The ConnectSense Smart Outlet works well and does a great job of providing all of the necessary HomeKit functionality with some nice bonuses and a solid app at a very reasonable price. Not only are you getting two outlets for $80 — the same price you’d pay for two iHome SmartPlugs — but you’re also getting controllable status LEDs and a 2.4A USB charging port in the mix.

Electronic House - Grid Connect ConnectSense Smart Outlet

In this review, Lisa Montgomery is enthralled by the simplicity within the elegant ConnectSense Smart Outlet. She is very impressed with the user-friendliness of the outlet as well as its ability to interact with other HomeKit devices. It is described as an affordable way to automate a home.

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.

c|net - Grid Connect ConnectSense Smart Outlet review

The Smart Outlet landed an overall positive review in an article written by Andrew Gebhart. He was very enthusiastic about the usability and performance of the device. The fully-functional outlet does exactly what it was designed to do. The part that stands out is the ConnectSense app, which is extremely useful for HomeKit regardless of if the outlet is being used or not.

The ConnectSense app deserves particular praise, as it lets you control all of your HomeKit devices, not just Grid Connect's, and makes it easy to group them into HomeKit's organizational buckets such as rooms and zones. I dismissed the app when discussing all HomeKit apps back in November, but the Grid Connect team obviously worked on it a lot since then.

King 5 - Eco-Friendly Gadgets for Your Home and Car

Technology reporter Brain Westbrook reported on the amazing capabilities of the ConnectSense Smart Outlet. It was listed as an economically friendly way to manage an environment. In his review, he discusses the power of the Smart Outlet and its compatibility with Apple HomeKit, making it perfect for iOS users.

ConnectSense is another simple to install, easy-to-use, accessory. Plug the smart outlet into your standard outlet for the ability to control your devices from anywhere. No need to buy "smart" appliances, with the Smart Outlet, you can tell Siri to turn on a device from anywhere.

Live Smart - ConnectSense Smart Outlet lets any device work with Apple HomeKit

Live Smart is a website devoted to providing readers with quality content based on popular smart technology. In this article, ConnectSense’s Smart Outlet is considered a perfect device for transitioning to a smart home because it enables users to use any regular device. The Smart Outlet gives any home owner complete control over their home environment.

While the idea of a fully-fledged smart home is our idea of heaven, not everyone is ready to make the financial leap to a gang of brand new shiny smart gadgets. But ConnectSense wants to give us all a taste of the action with this clever little smart outlet… There’s also some fun to be had with ConnectSense’s own app, which gives you remote access to the power usage of any devices plugged into the outlet. You can control and monitor both of the ports on the outlet separately, which gives you complete freedom with whatever two devices you decide to plug in.

 

For more information about ConnectSense products, here are some more press reviews that are worth checking out:

Appliance Design – ConnectSense Smart Outlet

Computer World - CES 2016: 8 interesting HomeKit accessories

Digital Trends – Growing List of Devices Compatible with Apple HomeKit

EIWA Wrestling – Eco-Accommodating Contraptions for your Home and Auto

Electronic House - ConnectSense Wi-Fi Smart Outlet Works with Apple HomeKit

Famadillo - ConnectSense Outlet

GadgetSin – ConnectSense Smart Plug Supports Apple HomeKit Technology

GottaBeMobile -  How to Turn Almost Anything into a Smart Appliance

HerezWhat - Smart Phones Smart Lamps Now its Smart Home

iMore - Perfect HomeKit Gifts for Everyone You Know!

Luxury Magazine - Tech Goes Green: 10 Gadgets that Save Power and Water While Making Life More Comfortable (Page 176)

MacRumors - ConnectSense Review: The Smart Outlet Offers Two HomeKit-Enabled Sockets and a USB Port

MacSources - ConnectSense Outlet Review

MacVoices - MacVoices #16064: CES - ConnectSense Brings Apple HomeKit Compatibility To Home Automation

MyInforms - How to Turn Almost Anything into a Smart Appliance

NBC 5 Chicago - Weekend Web: Wi-Fi Controlled Outlet

On CE – The HomeKit-Enabled ConnectSense Sensors

Parenting Bytes - Screenagers

PhoneDog – Best Tech of February 2016!

ShakerBuzz – Cool New Tech (Feb. 2016 Edition)

Sound and Vision – ConnectSense’s HomeKit-Enabled Smart Outlet is Smart and Sensible

Tech50+ - Dads & Grads – Part II – Gifts for the 50+ Dad

TeQreation - Simple Yet Effective Smart Home Solution for #iOS by ConnectSense

The Bleeding Edge - Bleeding Edge TV 573: ConnectSense Smart Outlet with HomeKit Review

WiFi Calling & Messaging -  Father's Day Gift Idea: ConnectSense WiFi-Enabled Smart Outlet to Easily Automate Your Home

Exploring Apple's New Home App

The beta version of Apple’s Home app may be the ultimate smart home control hub that HomeKit users have long anticipated. Many of the previous issues with HomeKit are being resolved  with this app as it offers a simple and user-friendly interface for controlling any smart home device. The app starts off with some introductory pages to help users understand how to actually use the app to control their devices. If a user doesn’t have any devices installed yet, there are options for adding devices as well as setting up scenes and automations.

The home tab of the app is the central hub for controlling the user’s favorite accessories and scenes. The Home app does a good job of letting users rearrange items and customize them for their needs. There is also a lot more control given over certain devices, such as being able to change the brightness and color of smart lights. In addition, the rooms tab provides the ability to see the devices and scenes for individual rooms. These are just some of the powerful features of the app. Its overall simplicity and ability for customization allows for easy setup and installation of any HomeKit device, offering more control over smart devices. The ConnectSense Smart Outlet is one of the many HomeKit devices that can be setup and controlled with ease from this app.

The automation tab can be utilized if the user has a fourth generation Apple TV or current iPad. These additional Apple devices allow for homeowners to access powerful controls such as geofencing, schedules, and triggers. This essentially gives HomeKit users much more control and functionality for their favorite smart home devices. The app is not perfect at the moment, most likely because it is still in its beta version, but we can expect the HomeKit experience to be substantially improved with the Home app.

Read more: http://www.cnet.com/news/exploring-apples-home-for-homekit/

Have a Splendid Summer with ConnectSense

By Nathan Rockershousen, Technical Writer

ConnectSense products can be a great way to help make summer more relaxing and stress-free. Utilizing the ConnectSense sensors and Smart Outlet will make summer much more enjoyable. Here are a couple of practical summer applications for our ConnectSense products:

The Smart Outlet can be a great tool to enjoy summer. Start the day right by waking up to a fresh cup of coffee and toast that can be set to be made automatically in the morning. If an individual wants to have a summer party they can go out and buy supplies and use the Smart Outlet to trigger a crock pot, making sure that food is at the right temperature when they need it.

It is important to be prepared for the extreme summer weather. The Wireless Temperature Sensor can help monitor a home if pets are left behind during a family day trip to make sure any animals are not exposed to dangerous heat. Summer homes can be monitored so that there will be no unexpected issues when arriving after a long trip. The Water Sensor can be very helpful for monitoring basements for flooding after strong summer thunderstorms. Growing plants around the house can be a challenging task. Using the Light Sensor will allow for the light to be monitored in areas where plants are growing in order to help manage light exposure.

Crime rates typically increase in the summer, making the Wireless Motion Sensor a perfect fit. It helps monitor homes while the user is away on vacation or at the beach so that no crimes occur. The Wireless Security System can help monitor homes and cottages for criminal activity as well. This sensor can monitor doors, windows, and garage doors to make sure that nothing is stolen from home. The Smart Alarm Siren & Strobe can be used to notify anyone in a home of a break-in as well as deter anyone attempting to break into a home. This device can be used in combination with any other ConnectSense sensors in order to alert people of situations developing before they become a problem.

There are various uses for ConnectSense products to make summer much more convenient for everyone. Being able to control and monitor a home reduces gives users the freedom to enjoy the warm weather without having to worry about issues in their environments.