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Ottobox smart plug turns devices on and off based on usage patterns

Pulkit Chandna | April 30, 2015
Smart plugs can render an otherwise dumb device or appliance "smart," allowing you to control a plugged-in appliance wirelessly via a smartphone app. You can even configure them to turn your appliances on or off based on certain rules or a pre-set schedule. But Washington, D.C.-based startup Ottomate's smart plug, the Ottobox, is a bit different.

Quite clearly the department could have phrased it a bit better, but the fact remains that phantom or standby power accounts for around 5 to 10 percent of residential energy costs around the world. It's not clear, therefore, how Ottobox is going to deliver on its promise of up to 50-percent lower energy bills.


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