With technology continuing to evolve at the speed of lightning, it’s no surprise that people are incorporating new gadgets in their homes, as well as in their cars and on their phones and computers. I discovered recently that there are lots of new options even in the very narrow arena of: outlets. Yes, that’s right. Who would think that a wall outlet could be the topic of an article on new gadgets? I mean, how much ingenuity could anyone imagine applied to a wall outlet? You might be surprised! (I was!). So the first nifty little gadget I came across was this outlet with a shelf built in. If you want to have your phone plugged in in the kitchen or the bathroom, but don’t want to risk setting it down on a wet counter? This solves that problem. Personally, I think hotels should install these on the walls on the sides of the beds that don’t have the night table. I end up putting my phone on the floor and risk stepping on it.
This one allows you to plug “smart” things into it and then program it to activate power to those devices remotely, using a timer. Wild. Definitely beyond my own personal geek level (not sure if I should be proud or embarrassed by that…)
This device is something that I’ve seen around for a while, but I think will become the standard in home construction; it’s a regular outlet with two usb ports. That means you can plug your phone or computer, etc. into any outlet without needing the big square plug.
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