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