Have you ever been out and about, and realized that you left the lights, or maybe even something a little dangerous like an iron, on? If there’s no one else home, and you’re more than a few minutes from home, you’re going to be stuck waiting until later to take care of it. Wouldn’t it be great if you could just pull out your phone, and with a few taps, turn of whatever you need? Well, you can.
A group of people from Toronto, Canada have designed the next generation of home automation, dubbed the Valta. This system is actually broken up into four parts. First, you’ve got the smart sockets. You’ll plug these into your wall, and plug your electronics into them. Next is the v-hub base station, which talks to each of the sockets and transmits the data to the Valta cloud servers. The other two pieces are the smartphone and web apps, which are used to control the sockets.
Now Valta does more than allows you to remotely turn on and off the devices attached to it. It will actually monitor the power consumption of these devices, and let you know when they’re not actually being used, so that you can shut them off. You’ll also be able to track how much energy is being wasted by idle devices. You will even be able to tell it to turn off certain devices when you leave the house, and when it detects that your phone is no longer in range, it will cut power to those devices.
Saving energy doesn’t come cheap, unfortunately. If you pledge to the Kickstarter campaign, you can get the v-hub and three sockets for $139. You can get more sockets by pledging $40 for each additional one.