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.