Aeon Labs’ Z-Wave Smart Energy Power Strip Debuts at $100
Smart Strip from Aeotec by Aeon Labs monitors energy consumption, controls devices via Z-Wave wireless home automation technology.
One Smart Energy Power Strip from Aeon Labs Aeotec can monitor and control up to six plugged-in devices via the Z-Wave wireless home automation protocol.
The product just debuted for $100 at Amazon.com, Staples and other online retailers.
Aeotec/Aeon Labs makes all manner of relatively inexpensive Z-Wave devices (links below), including sensors, switches, USB stick and (soon, they say) LED smart bulbs and touch controllers.
The new strip has six power outlets, two of which are always on … unless the entire strip is powered down via Z-Wave commands. The other four outlets are individually controlled (on/off only) via any Z-Wave controller. (Note: The images suggest the four outlets are controlled in pairs, but Aeotec changed the configuration so now those outlets can be individually controlled.)
In addition, the plugged-in loads can be monitored for energy consumption. The device can report immediate wattage consumption or kWh energy usage over a period of time. Energy consumption would be displayed in the user interface of a third-party controller, if supported.
And, of course, the strip is a surge protector.
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Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org
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