Moving through the Consumer Electronics Show is like swimming in a never ending sea of gadgets and goodies, a geeks wet dream! We saw a whole lot at CES and one small local Chicago company showed off their smart outlet called ConnectSense. The ConnectSense Smart Outlet integrates with Apple HomeKit and aims to automate your home through their device and your phone. Android support is also planned for ConnectSense and should be coming soon after release. Check out the full press release below (just click the expand box to read) for all the details! You can pre-order ConnectSense for $79.95 on their website.
Full Press Release
Grid Connect Introduces Wi-Fi/ZigBee Enabled ConnectSense Smart Outlet with Apple HomeKit Integration
ConnectSense Smart Outlet Will be Showcased at CES 2015
NAPERVILLE, Ill. (January 5, 2015) A new connected outlet that integrates with Apple HomeKit is now available for pre-order from Grid Connect. The ConnectSense Smart Outlet features two Internet-connected electrical sockets that enable users to control devices plugged into them using Siri on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
The Smart Outlet plugs into any standard North American electrical outlet, and enables users to automate their home easily by setting up rules, notifications and schedules. The Smart Outlet gives users greater command over their environment by allowing them to control and monitor just about any device that plugs in, including lights, heat, fans, air conditioners, televisions, coffee machines, dishwashers, ovens, washing machines/dryers and many other household devices. For example, parents can make TV viewing or video games off limits until a specified time; homeowners can program the house lights to turn on when the garage door opens; and the washer and dryer can notify homeowners when laundry is complete.
Integration with Apple HomeKit technology provides quick and powerful access to control smart outlets anywhere in the home via Siri. This allows for control over both individual and groups of devices, as well as allowing interaction with other HomeKit-enabled products from many different manufacturers.
The ConnectSense Smart Outlet is the first device to include both Wi-Fi and ZigBee, which allows the Smart Outlet to communicate with other smart devices and battery-powered sensors. Other features that make the Smart Outlet unique include:
• Easy Wi-Fi set up and simple programming of rules and notifications.
• Dual electrical sockets so users can make the most of their available outlets.
• HomeKit integration so users can group together with other HomeKit-enabled devices, providing an easy, secure way to control your home’s lights, doors, thermostats, and more from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
• USB charging port that supports rapid charging.
The ConnectSense Smart Outlet is available now for pre-order at www.connectsense.com/preorder, and will ship in the first quarter of 2015. Priced at $79.95, the ConnectSense Smart Outlet offers tremendous value compared to other smart plugs, as it includes a dual plug, a USB charger outlet, HomeKit support and ZigBee to communicate with other sensors. By comparison, the cost of two smart plugs from competitors, as well as additional USB chargers, would easily cost $130 or more.