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Great news #2:
Thank you Backers for all your support, we're almost there reaching our 100K funding goal! Due to many requests, we've decided to work on the Smart Plug (a new single plug) with more interesting functions. After we have reached our current goal, we will have it available soon on Kickstarter. Please continue to send us your feedback. Thanks!
Great news #1:
We have decided to make International plugs (EU,UK,AU) available to all, regardless of the number of pledges on each plug. PLEDGE & SUPPORT US before the campaign ends. Combo(2X) and Room (3X) rewards are also good for International plugs! Contact us for more!
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What is SMART POWER STRIP?
Smart Power Strip brings you a whole new way to control and monitor your home appliances. Use your Smartphone to connect and control any plugged-in devices at anytime, anywhere.
Know how much energy your home appliance consumes in real time.
Smart Power Strip does not require any complicated setup. Just Plug-n-Play. Android and Apple iOS supported.
Control. Manage. Automate your room.
Get Notified when your appliance is turned on/off.
Turn on/off appliances from anywhere.
Smart Power Strip has a remote access mode option, which it will connect to the cloud. As long as Smartphone users have internet connection (WiFi/3G/4G..), they would be able to control from anywhere.
Built-in WiFi + Home Automation (MESH) technology.
Build your Smart Home.
Connect & Get notified from The Smart Devices.
*The Smart Devices will be available if we reach our goal early. See "Stretch Goals" below.
What can SMART POWER STRIP do for you?
Save Energy. Save Money.
Standby power, also known as vampire power or phantom load, they are energy waste just by being plugged in. What do you think your cell-phone charger does all day while it's plugged into the wall? If it's warm when you get home from work, then it's been using electricity -- even if it had nothing to charge.
In the United States alone, vampire power costs consumers more than $3 billion a year [source: Energy Information Administration].
Use Smart Power Strip to kill the vampire power.
Simple yet Powerful.
Surge Protection. A power surge is an increase in voltage significantly above the designated level in a flow of electricity, In normal household and office wiring in the United States, the standard voltage is 120 volts. If the voltage rises above 120 volts, there is a problem. Surge protection will cut off to protect your plugged devices.
Since different countries have different voltage, we will be sending out a survey at the end of the campaign asking for the level of volts to be set.
Sleek. Stylish Design.
What has been done?
A fully functional hardware prototype of Smart Power Strip is completed. It is in the final stage of software development and will be ready for mass production.
Check out what has been done in the past months:
Initial concept design
Outlook design in 3D
3D mechanical design
Printed Circuit Board
Pre-production working prototype
Initial prototype with 3 sockets. But, we decide to make 4 sockets available for final product.
Performance test on prototype
Smart Power Strip requires steel molds for sockets and plastic outer housing. Prior the campaign, I have worked on 10+ different digital electronics projects with a plastic injection mold company based in Shenzhen, China. I have gone through the whole process from bargaining for mold prices to 1st, 2nd shot and final tooling with them. They are knowledgeable and experienced in delivering quality plastic parts with nice finishing.
Like many other electronic products, safety certification is required for Smart power strip. Once the tooling has started, more final units would be made and delivered to the safety lab for testing.
Components are carefully selected in order to meet the safety requirements. Most of them also come with a MOQ (minimum order quantity). Part of the contribution will go into purchasing these items for pilot run and eventually to be used on mass production.
I have already reached out to several EMS providers that are interested in providing the production services. They are all experienced manufacturers that I have worked together before. Some even provide EMS services to Philips and many other well-known brands. One of them, based in Shenzhen, China, is willing to start the pilot run and initial production whenever the project takes off. They can handle small order up to large volume. I will also be on-site to make sure the quality inspection, logistic, etc, are done properly, until the products are shipped.
Roger Yiu- Enjoy developing innovative “Smart” product and Internet of things.
Previously worked at a startup engineering services company. Involved heavily in product design, engineering (hardware & app development), and management roles.
Successfully filed and granted two design patents.
Solid experience in all stages of product development. Has a proven track record in bringing products from initial concept to product launch.
Graduated with a degree in Economics and Electrical Engineering at the University of California, San Diego (Jacob School of Engineering).
What are included in the package?
- Smart Power Strip
- Power cord (4 ft)
Other countries' plugs will also be available if we reach enough backers.
International backers will be responsible for applicable tariffs and customs fees. Make sure you know what you usually get charged in your country .
Smart Power Strip (Master/Slave)
Smartphone will connect to Smart Power Strip (Master) in order to control other Smart Power Strips (Slave).
Stretch Goals. More Sensors.
Unlock The Smart Devices:
If we reach our goal early, I will be making more Home Automation sensors available to work with Smart Power Strip. How about a single Smart Switch? Motion Detector? Door/Window Contact? etc?
'Like' our Facebook page and share your ideas there: www.facebook.com/TheSmartDevices
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Risks and challenges
In order to meet the safety standard for power strip, different performance tests have been done with the working prototype, as well as being selective on hardware components that meet the safety requirement. Once the goal is reached, more units would be prepared with final check before submitting them to the testing lab. If needed, a safety agency will also be able to provide aid during the submittal process.
Sometimes there will still be unexpected challenges coming along during manufacturing. In the past, I have worked with experienced Chinese manufacturers on numbers of digital electronic products. The best way to minimize any risks is to be on the manufacturing site and oversee the production. If this project is successfully funded, I would head to China and work with the manufacturer to immediately solve any problems raised, ensuring every process will run smoothly without delaying the projected time of delivery. I will also ensure the quality control would be implemented in the highest level, and will keep backers updated if things take longer than planned.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Distance between Master and Slave (as well as Slave-Slave) would be around 30-50m/100-160ft in open area. And, the distance range is subject to environmental conditions and may vary significantly.
You can pledge for the Combo (2X) or Room (3X). And, we are now making US, EU, UK, AU plugs available for all backers!
4 sockets. The initial prototype has 3 sockets. But, we decide to make 4 sockets available for final product.
Yes, the 2 USB ports are always-on (non-controllable).
Don't worry. We are now making US, EU, UK, AU plugs available for all backers!
Each type of plug would have slight different outlook design.
We will be sending out a survey at the end of the campaign to check what type of plugs you want.
Currently, Android and iOS. We may consider to put that as a stretch goal.
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