Are smart plugs the gateway to the Internet of Things?

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Smart plugs may be the trojan horse that will bring the internet of things and the smart home to mainstream consumers.  But is there enough value in connecting a lamp or a coffee maker to make smart outlets an entry point to the internet of things for mainstream consumers?



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Sony’s Authentication Power Outlet can recognize devices and users

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Sony’s Authenticated Power Outlet system currently consists of a plug and outlet that communicate wirelessly.

A power outlet that can identify devices plugged into it, as well as individuals using the plug has been developed by Sony. The company says such technology could allow the electricity usage of individual devices to be monitored so non-essential devices could be switched off remotely in the event of limited electricity supply, or for the billing of customers charging their electric vehicles or mobile devices in public places. (Pics and video)

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Rambler Socket Has Awesome Internal Recoiling Cord

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Power Outlet Rethinking At Its Best
Meysam Movahedi’s latest concept certainly isn’t the first revolutionary tweak to the tried-and-true power outlet, but it’s easily one of our favorites. Put simply, the Rambler Socket is an in-wall box that contains 1.5 meters of extra cabling along with a traditional AC outlet. Granted, you’ll need a pretty deep wall to make something like this work (in theory, of course), but the result is nothing short of brilliant. If your AC cord is long enough, you simply plug it into the socket per usual; if you need a little extra length, the built-in extension cord pulls out with a gentle tug. Once you’re done, you simply tug on the cable once more and watch as it recoils back within the wall…