Plug makes home appliances smart

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Homes are getting smarter — consumers can now control everything from their thermostats to home security with a touch of an app. But for a large demographic, smart systems and appliances are simply unaffordable. That's why we're seeing numerous innovations bridge this gap by offering retrofitting options — a microrobot can now attach to regular appliances, so users can control them remotely via their smartphone or desktop. To a similar effect, Zuli's smartplug utilizes Bluetooth to connect appliances to an app, so users can turn them on and off through context awareness. Appliances can be set to power off at…

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