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Smart Power Strip Automates Appliances

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tekochip
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Re: worth the price?
tekochip   12/7/2013 9:32:57 AM
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There were quite a few cool things being done with DTMF until the death of the land line.  I thought DTMF was a great interface.  DTMF was cheap, and available on every phone.

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worth the price?
Habib Tariq   12/7/2013 4:44:37 AM
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I remember working on a similar project during my undergrad. We used a DTMF chip and your appliances were connected with our landline phone. The user would call his home number, then enter a special code, with which he would gain access to control the devices. He could turn on (and off) a device like AC, heater or a coffee maker just before arriving home.

I really like the idea behind this project, but the cost might be a bit too much at the given stage. Maybe with the right sponsors and backing the price may become more reasonable with time. 

Charles Murray
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Re: Will it sell?
Charles Murray   12/6/2013 6:04:18 PM
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I agree, mattd. It's a clever, intriguing idea. But $200? Yikes! I can't imagine myself paying that much for this.

tekochip
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Re: Simple and brilliant
tekochip   12/5/2013 4:37:52 PM
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Great packaging and a much better solution than getting started with an X10 system.

Elizabeth M
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Re: Simple and brilliant
Elizabeth M   12/5/2013 11:51:52 AM
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I still think it's a great idea but you're right, this could be a really good evolution of the product to extend its functionality and make it more efficient, Turbineman.

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bobl   12/5/2013 11:45:36 AM
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Using the example of phantom power, just how long would it take to pay back $200?  What about the power this unit uses during the time it is just 'sitting there' waiting to do something?  Is it tied to your home network?  That draws power, too.  Does the app for the phone giv you the option for timers?

 

Four outlets in the space of a foot?  Limited usability.  I agree that individual, movable outlets would be a much better configuration.  Your pretty much limited to lights and other simple functions.  You can't control anything with a soft power switch, although I guess you could use it to control your kids access to TV's or video games, although they could just move the game to another outlet.

 

Sorry, this one doesn't seem worthy of all the praise.

William K.
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Not really for most appliances, but useful anyway.
William K.   12/5/2013 11:38:34 AM
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A smart remote controlled power strip would certainly be an interesting way to control some things from a smart phone or similar device. BUT it will not work with any of my appliance items that I might wish to remote control, since they mostly require a "start" command on a momentary control, not just the application of power. Even my window air conditioner won't start up when it gets plugged in, even if it was running when unplugged. I found this when attempting to control it with an external time switch. So really, lights and fans are what the strip will control best, which is enough to make it worthwhile, but it will not really do much for most othger home automation applications.

Turbineman
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Re: Simple and brilliant
Turbineman   12/5/2013 11:26:33 AM
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This is a good device for owners of 2nd or vacation homes who want to convey the impression that someone is presently occupying it.  However, in that application, this device will only control one room or perhaps one corner of one room.  If you want control of, say, a light in the living room and another in the upstairs bedroom, you would need to buy two of these.  I agree with mattd that the price is a little too high for its utility.  The next step for the inventor would be to separate the four outlets into individual WIFI modules whereas the homeowner can pay an Electrician to imbed them into a wall outlet or switch in any room in the house (say, $20 per outlet).  Then it would have good utility.

Turbineman
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Turbineman   12/5/2013 11:25:51 AM
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This is a good device for owners of 2nd or vacation homes who want to convey the impression that someone is presently occupying it.  However, in that application, this device will only control one room or perhaps one corner of one room.  If you want control of, say, a light in the living room and another in the upstairs bedroom, you would need to buy two of these.  I agree with mattd that the price is a little too high for its utility.  The next step for the inventor would be to separate the four outlets into individual WIFI modules whereas the homeowner can pay an Electrician to imbed them into a wall outlet or switch in any room in the house (say, $20 per outlet).  Then it would have good utility.

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Re: Will it sell?
Cadman-LT   12/5/2013 11:11:25 AM
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mattd, I'm with you thinking 200 is a bit steep for on/off. 

 

 I haven't adopted the smartphone/tablet just yet. I know I will have to soon as everything these days is made for them and no longer for pcs or laptops. I feel left out. Time for a tablet?

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