Smart Plugs are power outlets that provide programmable and manual on/off control and real-time energy usage data of a connected device. A smart plug can replace a standard wall outlet, or sit in place between the wall outlet and the connected device. Wi-Fi® or Bluetooth® connectivity allow remote access from the bedroom to across the world via a smartphone or cloud application. The benefits provided include the ability to:
- Remotely turn on and off any device
- Save money and conserve energy by eliminating standby power and scheduling on/off routines
- Measure and record the power usage of a device - higher than normal power usage could indicate maintenance needs
Microchip has a broad portfolio of ultra-low power 802.11 solutions that are suitable for embedded applications. These fully certified surface mount Wi–Fi modules allow designers to quickly and seamlessly add internet connectivity to their applications. The modules' small form factor, rich features, and ultra-low power make them perfect for mobile wireless applications such as asset monitoring, sensors, and portable battery operated devices.
For more information visit http://microchip.com/miwi.