Wouldn't it be great if there were a simple device that could track your electricity usage, control when your appliances turned on and off, and connected to your computer or mobile device wirelessly? Well, it turns out it does exist...just only in Europe (so far.)
The Plogg is a plug-in device that monitors and logs data, hence the name. The information the Plogg records can be read via your phone, laptop or Blackberry, anything with integrated Bluetooth. This way the Plogg can record and display your electricity usage with an absolute minimum of parts (and thus at minimum cost.)
The idea behind the Plogg, which is made by Energy Optimizers Ltd. is that the data gathered on your mobile device for viewing and storage may encourage consumers to recognize when energy is unnecessary or wasteful.
The device also has a remote switching mechanism that allows all connected appliances to the Plogg be turned off/on instantly or automatically using timers controlled by the host computer or mobile device.
The Plogg costs £55 and the company is studying whether to make the plugs for the U.S. marketplace.
Via: Smart Meters
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