The prophets of the Internet of Things love to remind us that the days will soon be here
when we’ll be able to control all our household appliances from our smartphones. Realistically though, how many of us will be able to afford to upgrade our fridges, kettles and washing machines to the latest smart-enabled models straight away?
To ease the transition, Zuli has applied a little smart thinking to the humble mains plug. With a smartplug fitted, appliances can connect to an app via Bluetooth, introducing a measure of control to pretty much any device that plugs into the mains.
Appliances can be set to power off at certain times, or to switch on when the user enters the room. Householders receive information about energy consumption from each appliance, so it’s easier to control spending. And the smartplugs can even learn your domestic routines and switch appliances off if you forget. It’s a clever innovation that means anyone can be switched on to the smart future.