Easily control your lights and other appliances with Elphi

By , Jun 16, 2012

Digital home control may be the way of the future, but much of the current technology is still out of reach for the average consumer. It’s expensive, complicated, and not very user-friendly. But there are companies looking to change that.

Take the Elphi, for example. This new “smart plug” is looking to change the way we look at home automation. Simply plug the Elphi into an AC outlet, plug in any AC-powered device to the Elphi, and open the accompanying iPhone app…

Elphi might look like other products, but it’s not. Its accompanying software is extremely powerful. Use it to set timers for your smart plugs, or share control of your devices with friends and family. It can even send alerts to your smartphone based on your location — i.e. ‘Your curling iron is on’ as you leave your house.

But there’s just one problem: Elphi isn’t available yet. It’s currently trying to raise money via a Kickstarter project to start mass production, and with just 12 days to go, it’s only at $31,000 of its $90,000 goal.

So if you’re interested in the project, you may want to head over to its Kickstarter page and contribute. A pledge of $69 or more will score you your very own Elphi smart plug, as soon as they become available later this year.

What do you think of Elphi? Good idea/bad idea?

[TUAW]

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  • http://technogadget.tv/ Liam Green

    And how long till this is available in the UK. Just like all products.

  • dedegarrido

    Great product, too bad its still under production :/

  • dedegarrido

    getting a little off topic, does anyone know if the hard reset (home + power [reboot]) is a software built into IOS or if it’s a hardware function? i would really like to know that because i want to disable it on my lock screen for some security reasons…

    • http://twitter.com/Freducken Alfredo Arredondo

      I have never seen a software switch that would enable what you are asking for. That functionality seems to be hardware based given that the Home+Power Button combo is used to enter DFU mode given a certain combination and timing. After the built in Lock on the lockscreen, the best way to keep it secure is to not let the phone out of your sight and into the wrong hands. Once its in the wrong hands a somewhat knowledgeable and determined individual can access most of what is on the phone.

      • ic0dex

        Yup! So their is no point for find my iPhone. Once your iPhone is lost or stolen all you have to do is put it in DFU and restore it.

      • dedegarrido

        Yes… that’s why I wanted to disable it… but thx anyway :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Felipe-Lopez/1608523380 Felipe Lopez

    One Outlet? They oughtta make a surge protector and build onto that their idea, individual control for each outlet. Still too expensive though for just one.

  • ic0dex

    Have you guys seen WALL-E? Well one day everyone will become like the people in that film, fat and lazy because all of these robots and gadgets well do everything for us and we will become fat lazy people.

    • http://twitter.com/GarrettCecil Garrett Cecil

      You don’t say.

    • Wael Abdo

      Arent we just now!

    • http://twitter.com/_moose239 Max Jarrett

      …by turning on a plug? Yes we are going to become so fat

      • http://twitter.com/andrew_twit AndrewTW

        …turning on a plug that controls my pancake maker!

    • http://twitter.com/r0cket1000 Tony M

      Advanced technology is not making people fat and lazy, its the people making themselves fat and lazy. I’m all for home automation, but I don’t see how flipping my light switches from my driveway is going to change my diet and my daily run/exercises.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=539480065 Leslie Kwan

    This device appears to function like the SmarLinc’s INSTEON.

  • http://twitter.com/Screamin_SCOTT Scott Piper

    I’d laugh is somebody secretly plugged one into someone’s house and started controlling all their electronics. although you’d need their Wi-Fi pass word and in a fairly close radius of the house, it’d still be funny.

  • Jan

    Finally, this technology will be the future of home automation.

  • marcin slaczka

    I definitely need this… the walk from my bed to the light switch suck so much. its such a long walk

  • http://www.funys.net Ben Gillam

    at $69 a plug i wont be buying this, needs to be a lot cheaper, then it would make more sense, if i was going to use it id have a whole bunch to make the effort of using an app worthwhile