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We are developing a smart power socket

Postby intellisocket_dev » Mon Dec 15, 2014 10:58 am

Hi everyone,
I’m working with a Startup in NSW australia, that have developed a prototype electrical wall socket that syncs with your mobile device (via wifi), which enables you to switch off power to unused devices from your phone, review power usage, access detailed analytics etc.
Some first Sketches of the product are on our FB page with some new drawings coming this week. https://www.facebook.com/intellisocket .
While the product is in development at present, I thought it might be worthwhile sharing the concept with you all to see what you think, where you see the opportunities in this space, and whether this is a product you’d gain value from.

Thanks in advance and watch this thread for future updates!
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Re: We are developing a smart power socket

Postby Bthree » Mon Dec 15, 2014 3:43 pm

Sounds a bit like a Belkin WeMo .. they can sell $40-$50 can you compete
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Re: We are developing a smart power socket

Postby intellisocket_dev » Mon Dec 15, 2014 3:46 pm

The technology we use has been around for a while now, but its the way we package it (as an in wall device as opposed to a plugin device) and the software smarts (Yet to be announced) that make the difference.
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Re: We are developing a smart power socket

Postby karlajensen » Sat Dec 27, 2014 11:54 am

It must have 2 outlets,
must be secure ie not allow intruders into their home wifi.
Get insurance against recalls -simple design oversight on a fancy power point installed on a few developments in Perth had a problem with the contact holder breaking off the back of the outlet. Cost tens of thousands of bucks to go back and replace!
Original double outlet point under $10. cost $50 in admin per dwelling another $12 in labor per outlet + another point at $8.
Hence an item that cost perhaps $4 to make ended up costing $22 to replace x a few thousand installed and scrap all the others made....

Its a good idea to put quality first as Australian consumer law says if it doesn't work as described (god forbid a relay fails and sets fire to it) you need to front reasonable costs to make it better.
Plug in is easy "send it back for a full refund" only 1/4-1/3 will even bother.
but fixed to the wall illegal for them to touch it thus you must pay for a spark to attend.

One of the main reasons its VERY difficult to get electrical wholesalers to stock things they dont know.
Masters Hardware- Sold cheap chinese TPS (the flat white cable used to wire power points in a house).....
Unfortunately here in Perth cables are "chased" into solid brick walls and rendered over hence replacing the faulty wiring meant spectacular repair costs all because someone brought crap to the market.

Its a good idea, but start with external and go internal as your tech improves and robustness / longevity improves would be my hard learnt advice.
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Re: We are developing a smart power socket

Postby intellisocket_dev » Wed Jan 07, 2015 10:52 am

@karlajensen

Just a repeat of my facebook reply to your post:

Thanks for your feedback. You make some valid points and at this stage we can assure all potential customers that we have considered and assessed the less often discussed topics of security and safety. As a company, quality, safety, and support are our key objectives and we are committed to ensuring the product we deliver is rigorously tested and exceeds the legal requirements of Australian and International Safety Standards.
Once again we thank you for taking the time to point out your concerns and we welcome comments of this nature.

You may also be interested to know we have launched our website. http://www.intellisocket.com.au We recommend you jump on there and take a look. Also it might be a good idea to sign up to the newsletter. Newsletter subscribers will be first to get updates on release dates, pricing, and beta testing.
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Re: We are developing a smart power socket

Postby intellisocket_dev » Thu Jan 08, 2015 1:59 pm

UPDATE:

How it works page now live on website: http://www.intellisocket.com.au/how-it-works/

I wont be posting every new page we publish but details pertaining to the functional operation of Intellisocket might be of interest to the community.

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