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

NAPERVILLE, IL--(Marketwired - Jun 2, 2016) - The smart home of the future is not just a far off dream. With the Smart Outlet from ConnectSense, you can inexpensively automate dad's home just in time for Father's Day.

The ConnectSense Smart Outlet is a WiFi-enabled outlet that fits over any existing, standard North American electrical outlet and features two Internet-connected electrical sockets that enable users to automate everyday plug-in devices, such as lights, fans and coffee pots.

Now until June 19, ConnectSense is running a special: buy one Smart Outlet for Dad, get a second Smart Outlet for $30 off. This allows gift givers to purchase a discounted outlet for grandpa or to keep for themselves. Just use promo code DAD16PR at checkout.

Since Dad is a busy man, he will appreciate the Smart Outlet's scheduling and easy-to-set scenes, and the ability to use Siri voice commands to turn on and off his everyday devices. Plus, the Smart Outlet integrates with all other Apple HomeKit devices, which makes building his perfect smart home a breeze.

Premium features include:

  • Apple HomeKit support for easy set up and configuration, data security through end-to-end encryption, and Siri voice control.
  • Two WiFi connected sockets that can be monitored and controlled individually.
  • 2.4 amp USB charging port for cell phones, tablets and other devices.

The $79.95 ConnectSense Smart Outlet can be purchased at www.connectsense.com, on Amazon.com and at BestBuy.com.

Grid Connect ConnectSense Smart Outlet Review

I get a kick out of saying "good morning" to my iPhone, and watching my HomeKit lights, locks and fans respond simultaneously according to my wishes. The $80 Grid Connect ConnectSense Smart Outlet plays along with the Siri-controlled smart home software baked into iOS 8 and iOS 9. Stick the device into one of your outlets, use the intuitive app to connect the plug to your home's Wi-Fi -- it walks you through every step of the 2-minute process -- and then you can plug any two dumb devices you'd like to smarten into the outlets.

Read more at CNET.

IoT Design Considerations: User Interface

Today’s consumers and business owners expect to access and control the world around them. How are your buyers going to interface with your product? Options range from using a smart home panel or gateway to an on-product display that can be paired with LEDs or push buttons. In addition, apps that monitor and control connected devices can be available for on-the-go consumers with smart phones. The type of product and its possible use-cases are important considerations when designing a product that can communicate information to its user.

Wi-Fi-enabled IoT devices have the ability to act as a soft access point (soft AP) which allows a user to “join” its network locally with a smartphone, laptop or tablet. Soft APs make product LED/LCD displays unnecessary since the screen of the connected device will serve the same purpose.

Using a soft AP does not preclude the module from connecting to the Internet and cloud-based services. This dual-mode is very attractive because the user can access the product remotely and locally, depending on the features of the product.

To download the complete Internet of Things Design Considerations White Paper, click here.

IoT Design Considerations: Cost

Connecting products to the Internet of Things (IoT) is essential to manufacturers looking to stay competitive within their industry. Adding IoT capabilities allows the manufacturer to stay connected with their customer, while discovering new product uses and applications that open them up to new revenue streams. However, these added benefits come with a cost. Connected devices come with a higher manufacturing overhead, but may also be sold with a bigger price tag.

Wi-Fi and Ethernet connections can be added to products for less than $10 in bill of materials costs. Other technologies, such as ZigBee, Z-Wave and Bluetooth, can be added for a lower price, but may require a separate bridge to connect to the Internet and access Cloud services.

To download the complete Internet of Things Design Considerations White Paper, click here.

ConnectSense HomeKit-Compatible Smart Outlet Available for Pre-Order

Now that HomeKit has been available for several months, additional HomeKit-connected products are beginning to trickle out. ConnectSense is the latest company to announce a launch date for HomeKit-compatible product, and its Smart Outlet was today added to Apple's list of HomeKit products

Priced at $79.95, the Smart Outlet plugs into an existing outlet and offers two Wi-Fi connected sockets that can be controlled independently using Siri or an accompanying ConnectSense app. Like the Elgato Eve Energy, the Smart Outlet also includes tools for monitoring the power usage of connected appliances.

Read more at MacRumors or download the PDF now.