Swidget has redesigned the traditional AC power outlet with its new line of snap-in inserts that use a home's existing wiring to offer added functionality for the smart home.
Based in Kingston, ON, Swidget interchangeable inserts are designed with an empty centre cavity, and can be used with Wi-Fi, Z-Wave, and others, and be combined with functionality like emergency lights, video cameras, and more in a modular fashion.
At launch, three Swidget Inserts are available: Wi-Fi Control, Z-Wave Control (control your outlet via Wi-Fi or Z-Wave connections), and an Open USB Charger that does not connect to the Internet. The Wi-Fi and Z-Wave Inserts can create a smart environment that works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT, and Z-Wave hubs like SmartThings and Vera. Use the Wi-Fi or Z-Wave Control to control your outlet, including lights, appliances, or anything plugged in, from anywhere using your smartphone. The USB Charger, meanwhile, is embedded into a low profile outlet that keeps the two plugs free for other uses.
These initial Inserts will be followed by eight more Inserts coming in May 2019, including Open and Connected Emergency Lights, Nightlights, and USB Chargers. There will be an insert with a motion sensor, one with built-in Alexa and another with built-in Google Assistant, aromatherapy, and even a white noise/Bluetooth speaker insert.
"We recognized a need for an adaptable smart home device that adds functionality, eliminates clutter, and is easily upgradeable whenever the user desires or the technology warrants it," says Lowell Misener, co-founder of Swidget. "Our team of engineers developed a one-of-a-kind, modular product that simplifies everyday lives and acclimates to ever-changing lifestyles, while always being prepared for the next evolution of smart home technology. Since introducing Swidget to the world, we have worked tirelessly to refine and provide value to every Insert that is created. We are thrilled to announce that anyone can now experience the power of Swidget in their home or office."
Swidget's Outlet is installed with existing wiring, and comes with all of the necessary equipment for installation. Single Swidget Outlets sell for an MSRP of US$40, and insert prices start at US$6, varying based on connectivity and functionality.