There are several home automation solutions on the market right now that work with your iPhone. In conjunction with web-based control servers, you can use the handset to operate anything from your lights to your thermostat.

But price and complexity has always kept the technology out of the reach of the average consumer. So ZMote decided to come up with an easy to use, affordable solution. Introducing the Bluetooth Smart Cord….

From the outside, ZMote’s Smart Cord looks like your run-of-the-mill extension cord. But inside, it’s much more than that. It contains a Bluetooth module that can be used to remotely control the cord’s power.

Using the ZMote app on your iPhone, you can turn the Smart Cord’s power off and on — along with the appliance it’s attached to. Meaning you can turn off that hard-to-reach floor lamp by simply tapping a button on your smartphone.

At just $40, this is by far one of the least expensive ways to remotely control your appliances. But you get what you pay for. The app looks pretty sketchy, and because it uses Bluetooth, you’ll have to be fairly close to the appliance for it to work.

But if you’re interested in it, the Smart Cord is expected to be available sometime later this month.

[Gizmodo]

  • Anonymous

    Looks interesting n will be picking it up when released

  • That app is garbation. Why ruin such a good idea with such a terrible looking app?

    • Anonymous

      Yeah… And the bluetooth-only concept makes it ugly and useless – great!

  • Seems like they could have put a little more effort into making a half decent looking app

  • Lupius

    I thought it could control “appliances”. As implied in the post title, multiple, essential, household appliances at the convenience of the lazy.

    However the app description and screenshot imply it’s only capable of pairing with a single smart (?) cord at a time and is best at dimming lights.

    Big deal.

  • KewlDewd

    If it functions as it should, who cares what the app looks like?

  • Simon Reidy

    I can see the use in IR/RF to Bluetooth convertors so iPhones can be used as real remotes to control anything, but limiting the function to a simple power on/off switch seems like a giant waste of time. Even at $40, just do down to your local hardware store and buy a switch! Its cheaper and you wont have to open up an ugly app on your phone to use it! 🙂

  • This hooked up to a power strip wouldn’t be that bad, aside from the possible long term damage caused to your appliances. Still, a neat idea and would like to see it evolve into aomething bigger.

  • i prefer “The Clapper”…remember “clap on, clap off, the clapper”

  • does anyone know if there will be an api for this…that would be pretty sweet 🙂