Swidget Offers a Smart Upgrade for Your Boring Power Outlets
Smart plugs are not a new concept when it comes to simple DIY smart home solutions for the consumer. But so much of that technology relies on the user plugging that product into an existing outlet, effectively monopolizing that plug for said smart product. And that’s where Swidget hopes its product can step in and tackle the problem right at the very (power) source—the outlet.
Though it’s been around via various crowdfunding campaigns for a little while, Swidget targeted CES 2019 as its official coming out party. There, the company showed off its incredibly unique and downright brilliant product, which upgrades those boring old two-plug outlets into customizable smart home solutions. The modular design gives the user access to those same two plug ports as well as an insert station, which is where the real magic happens with this product.
Without an insert, the Swidget outlet functions just like your standard wall outlet. But adding an insert is really what upgrades the experience here. At launch, Swidget will have 11 available inserts that include things like Z-Wave Control, WiFi Control, lighting, USB charging, and more. In a demo at CES, the company showed off a number of other potential future inserts, including things like scented inserts, security cameras, smart speaker access, and more. Beyond freeing up the user's outlet space, the inserts also provide the added benefit of not having bulky components hanging out of an outlet, which can create something of an eyesore.