The Weekly Envy highlights one piece of cool tech that we’ve come across lately and really wish we could buy!
From Zuli Inc. :
The Zuli Smartplug is a simple and easy way to make any of your appliances smart. Even better, it knows if you’re in the room.
Stylish and convenient (you could potentially plug two of these into the same wall socket), this smartplug stands out above the rest because each one is a piece of a mesh network, meaning that no central hub is required. You do need three or more of the plugs for the proximity sensing, but most people have three or more rooms in their house, so you’d want more anyways.
Powered by Bluetooth Smart, setup takes mere minutes. The free Zuli app that comes along with the smartplug lets you do scheduling, set personal preferences for temperature or light intensity, and of course turn connected appliances on and off from wherever you are in your home.
Thanks to an on-board energy metering processor, you can see how much a certain appliance costs you in energy and dollars per month based on usage and energy prices near your zip code.
After a successful Kickstarter campaign, Zuli is now selling smartplugs for $55 each, but you can get the “Presence” pack with 3 plugs for $150.
They say they will ship this summer, so you can order the Zuli Smartplug here: http://shop.zuli.io/
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