Quirky And GE Devices Attempt To Create A Connected Home [Pics]
Gadgets make home life easier by letting you check the fridge and turn on the AC from afar.
Quirky, the crowd-sourced invention platform finally giving you an outlet for all your brilliant 4AM ideas, has partnered with GE to offer a line of wifi-enabled home devices. Co-branded as Wink: Instantly Connected, the line comprises five items — a clock, a piggy bank, a power strip, an egg holder, and a sensor — each with an accompanying app, so you can access them wherever you are.
The Pivot Power Genius is a well-designed power strip, wifi aside. Each plug swivels side-to-side so you (probably) don’t have to deal with that one bulky plug that takes up three sockets’ worth of space. (Why do they even make electrical plugs that way?) But two of its four sockets are also ‘smart,’ meaning that whatever you plug into them can be turned on or off from anywhere using the Wink app. So when your house faces imminent destruction by curling iron fire, you can use your phone to prevent it.