If you live with your smartphone constantly glued to your hand – slightly guiltily, as I do – then I may have just found a time- and energy-saving reason to continue this abominable habit. You’ve likely heard of Nest – Google’s intelligent answer to an intuitive thermostat control system. Nest is programmable, learns your habits, and it accessible from your iPhone. Incredibly handy! Well, the cutely-named Zuli works similarly to Nest (and is compatible with), but for basically everything else in your home.
The Zuli system is based on Smartplugs – sleek white boxes which plug into any wall socket and allow an electrical device to be plugged into it. The Smartplus connects these devices to your phone with Bluetooth technology. Using the Zuli app, one can turn electrical appliances on or off entirely, dim lights, and – the coolest part – enable the device to learn and predict your habits.
Say you come home from a long day at work, if you’ve got Zuli the lights turn on to greet you as you open the door. The furnace has been turned on fifteen minutes before your arrival, music is playing so you can get into a sweet cooking groove to whip up some dinner. Or – in a situation more familiar to me who avoids cooking at all costs and works from home – you’re an exhausted mother who has finally managed to soothe a cranky baby. There’s no way you would move a muscle and risk waking the tyrannical child, but since you have your smartphone handy you can dim the lights, turn on the TV and settle in for few blissful hours of Netflix binge watching.
See more in: http://www.earth911.com/eco-tech/zuli-smartplug/
Zuli Website: https://zuli.io/smartplug/