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Smart sockets learn habits to save energy

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Peter Bailey

Freelance Wordpress Developer in London (peabay.xyz) @peabay
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According to a study leaving our appliances on standby costs us £50-£86 per year. But turning them on and off frequently is not an easy habit to develop and so we tend not to bother for the sake of convenience. But what if we could solve the problem without the need for crazy rituals? 17 year old Ameer Sami thinks he has the answer.

[inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”” suffix=”#iot #kickstarter”]Ottobox is an adapter for plugs which learns the habits of users[/inlinetweet]. When an appliance is often not used, such as at night, it is powered down to save energy. When it expects the appliance will be used Ottobox powers it back up. Ameer says his device has been shown to cut electricity bills in half.

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A smartphone app gives the user detailed information about energy consumption and the ability to control appliances remotely using wifi or Bluetooth.

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With $50k of funding the team want to start production with the aim of shipping the finished product in December. Early birds can get one for a mere $49 by backing it on KickStarter.

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Posted 26th Apr 2015
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  • Ovi

    Ehh.. Don’t mind my logic but how many of these would you need to actually save all those £50-£86? It’s definitely more than one.. and with them being $49 (£32.28) a piece for the early birds that support the kickstarter getting just three of them will overshoot the maximum saving amount per year… That means this product only starts paying itself back after multiple years.. And I don’t know how high the quality of these are but they’d better guarantee a lifespan of many years considering it’s supposed to save you money… Not waste it..