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Smarten Up and Automate Your Home With Smart Plugs

I’ve had my Amazon Alexa for a few months now. While I use it daily, I’ve yet to use it to automate my home. I certainly remember the science fiction of my youth that described all the things we would be able to do via voice command and Alexa can turn that into reality. I’m including some links for which I can earn a puny commission if you buy something. Unfortunately I got nothing for free.

Today I’m going to talk about some special outlets designed to be able to communicate with Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant. Plug the smart plug into a wall outlet and then plug a device, such as a light, into the smart plug. The plugs are designed to talk directly to your WiFi network.

In order to determine what can be done with the smart plugs, you will need to install the free “kasa” app on your iOS or Android device. Within the app you can define times to turn it on and off or name the plugs to work via voice control. I’ve not yet gotten any smart plugs, but I’m already thinking of ways that I can put them to use. Once I have a plan, I’m sure I’ll get some.

About Foster D. Coburn III

Foster D. Coburn III is the author of thirteen books on CorelDRAW, the latest being CorelDRAW X6 Unleashed. He has been a contributor to numerous magazines. Foster has taken many projects, including this Web site and many more, from the early design stage through to a finished piece. He has been a featured speaker at many graphics and Web conferences.

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  1. I have 4 of these. 3 are in use now and 1 planned for winter. 1 it plugged to my desk lamp which has a switch about a foot away from the lamp. By using this plug and voice commands, I can hide the cord and keep my minimalist look to my workspace. Second plug is for a floor lamp with the outlet behind a couch–voice commands are easier than physically manipulating a switch on the lamp while I am seated. Third is for a fan in my bedroom. If I wake in the middle of the night and am warm, I can turn on the fan without getting out of bed! fourth will be for a space heater for the tile bathroom floor. In winter I can schedule it to come on 30 minutes before I wake to warm the tile ?.

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