IoT-based smart plugs to control appliances using Alexa

By Kajoli Anand | Published on 26 Oct 2020
IoT-based smart plugs to control appliances using Alexa
IoT-based smart plugs to control appliances using Alexa

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Smart devices can be quite helpful as they minimise many of your daily chores and tasks. The best part about these devices is that they can be controlled with the help of your voice, which means you can eliminate the physical aspect of carrying out a task. Smart devices are controlled via virtual assistants, with one of the most popular ones with Alexa. Now, if you don’t have lots of smart devices all over your home, you don’t necessarily have to go out and refit your home with new appliances. You can just get these IoT-based smart plugs to control appliances using Alexa. Here’s a list of four such devices that you can get from Amazon. 

HomeMate Smart Plug Socket

The HomeMate Smart Plug Socket doesn’t just work with Amazon Alexa but also works with Google Assistant. You can use it to automate a variety of your daily tasks by setting timers, such as switching on the geyser before work, the AC right before you enter your home, heaters, washing machines, TVs and other appliances. By using the Smart Life app, you can also control your home devices through your smartphone. The device should not contribute significantly to your electricity bills and is claimed to consume 90-250V AC. It can handle a maximum load current of 16A, and it lets you track your energy meter so that you can keep tabs on your electricity bills.

Ambrane Smart Plug

The Ambrane Smart Plug lets you operate multiple devices, making it ideal for people who want to automate a ton of household chores. The plug has a timer function that enables you to schedule various tasks so that you don’t have to them yourself. For instance, you can use the timer to switch the AC on at a specific time daily, switch on the lights around the time it starts growing dark, and so on. Using the Ambrane Smart Life App lets you control all the appliances from your smartphone, and you can share access to the same with your family so that everyone can automate their chores.

Amazon Smart plug

The Amazon Smart Plug can control any socket once paired with an Alexa-enabled device. It lets you convert your regular home appliances into smart home appliances that you can control with your voice with ease. You don’t need any additional apps to use this device – just ask Alexa to perform a task. This plug is meant for smaller appliances such as your mobile phone charger, kettles, lamps, and so on. It supports a maximum load of 6A and is a great way to determine whether or not you like the idea of automating your home devices.

Oakter Smart Plug

The Oakter Smart Plug can be used to automate high-power devices such as your AC, geyser, immersion rods, water pumps and so on. It supports up to 16A of power and works within a range of 110V–290V. The configuration should be easy as it has a plug and play functionality. It is claimed to handle voltage fluctuations and power outages without getting damaged, which makes it ideal for Indian households. You can use the timer function to set a schedule for different appliances and automate all your tasks and chores easily.

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