It seems everywhere you turn there’s some new product in the world of the smart home. Big box stores like Lowe’s, Home Depot and Best Buy have entire sections devoted to the world of IoT, connected devices and smart homes. It also seems that everyone is trying to make the biggest, coolest, smart home hadware.
A Canadian starrtup called CALM Technologies is taking the smart home back to it’s origins with a set of devices that are set for long term scalability while at the same time blend with everything in your home, in a convenient yet understated way. CALM Technologies is taking the smart home back to the outlet with Swidget, the last outlet you’ll ever need.
=Swidget is a power outlet for your home’s electrical system with zero special installation. Swidget uses your existing wiring and literally the only tool you’ll need to install it is a screwdriver (the tool kind).
Like all power outlets, Swidget is made up of two outlets that you can plug any 110 device in, just like a normal outlet. The middle is where the magic happens. Utilizing the dead space in the middle of a typical power outlet CALM Technologies has developed a suite of innovative modular inserts that pretty much encompass anything you would ever want to plug in or control.
For home convenience Swidget offers a night light insert, a carbon monoxide detector and a speaker insert. For home security Swidget offers a motion sensors, cameras and more. Swidget allows the power to be controlled from a mobile app so whatever device you plug into Swidget instantly becomes part of your smart home network.
Calm Techonologies has these inserts already available or in development:
- Outlet Control
- Motion Sensor
- Bluetooth Speaker
- Temperature/Humidity Sensor
- Alexa Repeater
- Video Camera
- Emergency Light
- Power Monitor
- USB Charger
- Automatic Timer
- Wireless Booster
- Night light and mood lighting
- White Noise Speaker
- Carbon Monoxide Sensor
- and more on the way
For decades the home outlet hasn’t changed. Over the last couple of years they’ve slowly been replaced by bulky smart home outlets that only offer outlet control, or fancy new outlets with USB charging sockets. The Swidget insures that no matter what happens with smart home technology and home security, your outlets will always be ready.
CALM Technologies also offers the Swidget platform in an SDK for developers to create their own inserts and will work with developers on the hardware side as well.
You can see the last outlet you’ll ever need at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, January 9-12th in Eureka Park, booth #52138 and online at swidget.com
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