Plug-In Turns Old Appliances Into A Connected Smarthome System

Plug-In Turns Old Appliances Into A Connected Smarthome System

DigitalStrom created a Lego-shaped device that enables inter-machine communication between “dumb” home gadgets.

Daniela Walker
  • 11 september 2013

Any regular refrigerator, freezer, even coffee maker can now instantaneously become smart, thanks to a small Lego-shaped connector called DigitalStrom by aizo AG. The German company debuted the small device at the consumer electronic trade show, IFA, in Berlin earlier this week.


The module will allow interconnectivity between all devices that share the same power grid. The device has an integrated chip and sensors which allows it to measure the level of power each machine is using, determining whether they are on or off. Connected over wifi to your smart device (phone or tablet), users can control their machines, allowing them to time when the switch goes on, gather data on how much power they use and let them talk to one another.  Martin Vesper, CEO of DigitalStrom/aizo AG said  in a statement:

Technical advances and digital connectivity are taken for granted by people at work, while driving or exchanging information with friends. Only homes seem to be 30 years behind current technology. We are filling this digital gap at home.

The notion of a Smart Home has been on the rise for awhile, and there are already smart appliances on the market but DigitalStrom’s innovation allows for retrofitting on most ordinary appliances and  it enables differently branded appliances to talk to each other. It is a cost-effective way for budget consumers to participate in the Smart Home revolution.



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