ConnectSense Introduces Power Monitoring to Smart Outlet

[fa icon='calendar'] Oct 20, 2016 2:55:07 PM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in app, Apple HomeKit, ConnectSense, connectsense, Featured In, General, high tech homes, HomeKit, power monitoring, press release, Press Releases, Products, smart home, smart home tech, smart outlet, tech, technology

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Smart Outlet Price Dropped to $59.95

NAPERVILLE, Ill. — (October 20, 2016) — ConnectSense, a developer and manufacturer of home automation products, announced the addition of power monitoring to its ConnectSense Smart Outlet and the ConnectSense app.

With the ConnectSense app, users can easily create integrated scenes and rules for the Smart Outlet and other home automation devices regardless of manufacturer, with just a few simple steps. Users can control their smart devices with the touch of a button or using Siri voice control.

With detailed power monitoring, users have insight into the power consumption of devices plugged into the Smart Outlet, as well as how long devices have been turned on. This allows users to adopt more energy efficient habits or to replace energy-hogging devices or appliances with more efficient choices.

Unique to the ConnectSense app is the ability to create rules based on power usage. For example, a homeowner can set a rule that says if the television has been on for three hours, turn it off. Also, for safety, rules can be set to turn off hot or potentially dangerous devices, such as flat irons, if they have been left on for an extended period of time.

More complex scenarios also can be set up to automate environments. For example, in a home theater, a homeowner can set a rule that says when the projector turns on, the room lights dim.

“We are happy to provide our customers a way to monitor their energy usage, and give them more control over their devices,” said Adam Justice, founder of ConnectSense. “Among the reasons to automate a home is to make it more energy efficient and to save money, and power monitoring will be an important tool in this effort.”

The ConnectSense power monitoring feature is available via firmware update free to existing customers in the current ConnectSense app.

ConnectSense also announced it is dropping the price of its ConnectSense Smart Outlet to $59.95. The Smart Outlet features two Internet-connected electrical sockets that enable users to control devices plugged into them using Siri via their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Apple Watch.

About ConnectSense
ConnectSense develops and manufactures home automation products, including the ConnectsSense Smart Outlet and a line of wireless sensors that monitor changes in your environment then notifies you by email or text when something goes awry. ConnectSense can be found at www.connectsense.com and on Twitter at @ConnectSense.

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The Customer is [Away from Home]

[fa icon='calendar'] Jun 10, 2015 9:51:17 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Apple HomeKit, Brillo, Corporate Transparency, General, Interconnectability, Internet of Things, IoT, Privacy, Wi-Fi, Works with Nest

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At its inception, the Internet was never meant to have the capacity for household devices logging on; it was only ever used for record keeping and academic purposes. Today, a myriad of technological devices, ranging from sensors to smart cooking appliances, are being developed to connect to the Internet through Wi-Fi and other network protocols, with companies like Apple and Google leading the parade.

However, interconnectability has its own unique requirements. Our understanding of privacy, for instance, will have to change dramatically. Google’s purchase of the Nest self-programmable thermostat (as well as the recent announcement of Brillo) shows that this fortress of information will now be grabbing that data directly from our homes and daily rituals, as well as from our internet searches. Yet, as creepy as this may sound, much of the information gathered is harmless, but only if the company is transparent about its techniques. This requires that companies cannot simply be a far-off entity anymore: they must actively communicate with their customers to give them control over privacy options and notification settings.

Read more at http://bit.ly/1HJJE1f 

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10 Internet of Things design considerations

[fa icon='calendar'] Feb 6, 2015 10:25:24 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in antenna, Apple HomeKit, Bluetooth, cloud applications, communication, consumers, cost, Embedded Computing Design, Ethernet, FCC certification, Featured In, gateway, General, internet, Internet of Things, IoT, IoT device, manufacturers, network, networking, networking technologies, power source, router, security, smart products, SSL, technology, Wi-Fi, wifi, Wireless

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Connecting products to the Internet of Things (IoT) is essential to manufacturers looking to stay competitive within their industry. Adding IoT capabilities gives consumers more features. It also allows the manufacturer to stay connected with their customer while discovering new product use cases and applications that open them up to new revenue streams. When designing your first IoT device, there are 10 things to keep in mind...

Read more at Embedded Computing Design or download the PDF now.

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January 2015 Newsletter - Link Round Up

[fa icon='calendar'] Jan 20, 2015 2:52:56 PM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Apple HomeKit, cellular carriers, CES, CES 2015, connectsense, General, home automation, Internet of Things, IoT, Las Vegas, M2M, machine to machine, newsletter, Newsletters, smart home, smart outlet, white paper, ZigBee

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10 Internet of Things Design Considerations [White Paper] - Connecting products to the Internet of Things (IoT) is essential to manufacturers looking to stay competitive within their industry. Adding IoT capabilities gives consumers more features. It also allows the manufacturer to stay connected with their customer while discovering new product use cases and applications that open them up to new revenue streams. > Download the White Paper

How the First Apple HomeKit Products Will Work - The first collection of Apple HomeKit-compatible products were quietly announced last week at the 2015 International CES in Las Vegas, and we saw everything from smart plugs and sensors to garage door openers and locks. There’s nothing too sexy about those types of appliances, but we were able to learn more about how Apple HomeKit and its vision for the smart home will work. > Read more at Mashable

The ConnectSense Smart Outlet Will Give You Command of Your Walls - After months of speculation, we're finally getting some dirt on which products will work with Apple's HomeKit once it launches. The Grid Connect ConnectSense Smart Outlet replaces a standard wall outlet and includes a USB port. It's available for preorder now and should start shipping this quarter. > Read more at CNET

My 2015 Internet of Things Wishlist - The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most hyped technology of 2014 and 2015 promises even more innovative IoT and machine-to-machine (M2M) technology will surface. Building on the growth of IoT in 2014, the IoT will see even more explosive growth and innovation in 2015. Although I have several predictions of what will happen in the IoT world this year, I have one big item on my wish list that involves cellular carriers. > Read more at Embedded Computing Design

Grid Connect's Biggest Takeaways About the Smart Home Space at CES 2015 - A few members of the Grid Connect and ConnectSense teams were excited to attend CES this year. While a lot of time was spent in the booth demoing the ConnectSense Smart Outlet, we were able to stretch our legs and explore many other CES exhibits as well. Home automation was a big aspect of the show this year and we were definitely proud to be contributing to it. > Read more at ConnectSense.com

 

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How the first Apple HomeKit products will work

[fa icon='calendar'] Jan 13, 2015 1:37:15 PM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Apple HomeKit, CES 2015, ConnectSense, connectsense, Featured In, General, Grid Connect, International CES, Mashable, smart home, smart outlet

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The first collection of Apple HomeKit-compatible products were quietly announced last week at the 2015 International CES in Las Vegas, and we saw everything from smart plugs and sensors to garage door openers and locks.

There's nothing too sexy about those types of appliances, but we were able to learn more about how Apple HomeKit and its vision for the smart home will work.

Let's take a closer look by narrowing in on one of the new products. Grid Connect's ConnectSense Smart Outlet...

Read more at Mashable or download the PDF now.

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Grid Connect Introduces Wi-Fi Enabled ConnectSense Smart Outlet With Apple HomeKit Integration

[fa icon='calendar'] Jan 5, 2015 6:20:27 PM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Apple, Apple HomeKit, ConnectSense, connectsense, General, Grid Connect, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Press Releases, Siri, smart outlet, ZigBee

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ConnectSense Smart Outlet Will Be Showcased at CES 2015

NAPERVILLE, IL--(Marketwired - Jan 5, 2015) - A new connected outlet that integrates with Apple HomeKit is now available for pre-order from Grid Connect. The ConnectSense Smart Outlet features two Internet-connected electrical sockets that enable users to control devices plugged into them using Siri on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

The Smart Outlet plugs into any standard North American electrical outlet, and enables users to automate their home easily by setting up rules, notifications and schedules. The Smart Outlet gives users greater command over their environment by allowing them to control and monitor just about any device that plugs in, including lights, heat, fans, air conditioners, televisions, coffee machines, dishwashers, ovens, washing machines/dryers and many other household devices. For example, parents can make TV viewing or video games off limits until a specified time; homeowners can program the house lights to turn on when the garage door opens; and the washer and dryer can notify homeowners when laundry is complete.

Integration with Apple HomeKit technology provides quick and powerful access to control smart outlets anywhere in the home via Siri. This allows for control over both individual and groups of devices, as well as allowing interaction with other HomeKit-enabled products from many different manufacturers.

The ConnectSense Smart Outlet is the first device to include Wi-Fi, which allows the Smart Outlet to communicate with other smart devices and battery-powered sensors. Other features that make the Smart Outlet unique include:

  • Easy Wi-Fi set up and simple programming of rules and notifications.
  • Dual electrical sockets so users can make the most of their available outlets.
  • HomeKit integration so users can group together with other HomeKit-enabled devices, providing an easy, secure way to control your home's lights, doors, thermostats, and more from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
  • USB charging port that supports rapid charging.

The ConnectSense Smart Outlet is available now for pre-order at www.connectsense.com/preorder, and will ship in the first quarter of 2015. Priced at $79.95, the ConnectSense Smart Outlet offers tremendous value compared to other smart plugs, as it includes a dual plug, a USB charger outlet, HomeKit support to communicate with other sensors. By comparison, the cost of two smart plugs from competitors, as well as additional USB chargers, would easily cost $130 or more.

The ConnectSense Smart Outlet will be showcased at CES 2015, Booth 75626 in the Eureka Park area, January 6-9 in Las Vegas.

About Grid Connect 
Grid Connect (www.GridConnect.com), an ISO 9001:2008 company, is a leading manufacturer and distributor of products that enable the Internet of Things, including the ConnectSense line of wireless sensors. Grid Connect can be found on Twitter @GridConnect and on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/grid-connect. ConnectSense can be found at www.ConnectSense.com and on Twitter @connectsense

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April 2015 Newsletter - Link Round Up

[fa icon='calendar'] Apr 24, 2014 10:41:06 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Apple HomeKit, April Newsletter, Best Places to Work, connectsense, Daily Herald Business Ledger, General, Global Internet of Things Day, Grid Connect, Illinois, Internet of Things, Internet of Things Developers Conference, Internet of Things World, IoT, IoT Day, IoT DevCon, IoT Live, IoT standards, IoT World, Newsletters

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Grid Connect Named One of the 2015 Best Places to Work in Illinois -- Grid Connect was recently named as one of the 2015 Best Places to Work in Illinois. This statewide survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Illinois, benefiting the state's economy, workforce and businesses. Grid Connect will be recognized and honored at the Best Places to Work in Illinois Awards ceremony coordinated by the Daily Herald Business Ledger on May 6th and will be profiled in a special publication by the Daily Herald Business Ledger on June 22nd.
Internet of Things Developers Conference -- When: May 6-7, 2015 / Where: Hyatt Regency – Santa Clara, CA / Table #: S6
 / Silver Sponsor -- Plus, "IoT Standards: Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen" will be presented by Adam Justice on May 6th at 2:15pm. > Learn More
Internet of Things World -- When: May 12-13, 2015 / Where: Moscone Center – San Francisco, CA / Booth #: 312 /  Silver Sponsor -- Plus, "Bringing together the array of industry players in the Smart Home" presented by Adam Justice on May 13th at 5pm. > Learn More

Every Single Home Appliance that Works with Apple HomeKit
-- Announced alongside iOS 8 at last year's Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple's HomeKit software aims to put its own spin on home automation. Using HomeKit as a framework, developers can link up iOS products to communicate with home appliances, such as thermostats, light bulbs, garage openers and ConnectSense's Smart Outlet. Here's a list of upcoming (and a few already released) products expected - or already confirms - to bring Apple connectivity to your home.  > Read More at TechRadar 

Global Internet of Things Day -- The time is NOW to start having the important conversations on the technologies, security, data privacy and enormous potential that an "Internet of Things is capable of! Adam Justice, Vice President and General Manager of Grid Connect and ConnectSense, spoke on Internet of Things standards and protocols for a special IoT Day online event called IoTLive. > Watch the Video

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