Home automation may be one of the coolest innovations in the modern one, but it still remains too costly for the average homeowner. For the average Joe looking to automate a few in-home systems, Silicon Valley startup Visible Energy has created the Monostrip. The dual outlet device of course won’t turn the thermostat on when it’s time for you to return home or even adjust lighting to your mood, but it can help you turn the coffee maker or the microwave or other simple everyday appliances on or off over the internet or via an app on your smartphone.
The Monostrip comes with an integrated Wi-Fi setup which allows the strip to be turned on or off via a control app that can be accessed online. Users can command the device to turn a gadget or appliance plugged into it to turn on or off through the control app for smartphones called EnergyUFO or via the company’s website. Alternatively, users can also explore the programming options available with the strip to let it run on a timer. The Monostrip is also an effective home power management and monitoring system which logs the power used by a device plugged into it every five minutes and stores the data for up to 4 months.
A text display shows the usage and power consumption patterns of the devices and allows users to monitor their energy consumption more effectively. Available only in the U.S. and Canada, the Monostrip currently retails at an introductory price of $49 plus shipping. For accessing the device via its cloud-based service is free for the first year after the purchase of the device and costs $4 annually thereafter.