New Smart Plug Will Switch off the TV If You Forget
An 'intelligent' plug is being developed that will switch off electrical devices such as TVs and desk lamps when they are not being used.
It is part of an electrical system designed to cut household power bills by keeping watch over energy use. Home owners will be told how much power every device is soaking up, and when equipment is operating needlessly.
The plug, which will look no different from a normal 13 amp one, will also contain an 'integrated motion sensor.'
This will detect when there is little activity in a room where a device such as a TV has been left on. The plug will alert the central controller using radio waves, which can then switch the device off.
"If something is turned off and you don't want it to be, you simply flick the switch off and flick it back on again and the central controller will recognise that you don't like that service being compromised," said Dr Woods.
A batch of prototypes should be ready within six months, say the researchers.
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