If you’re thinking of starting to install smart devices in your home, Swidget could be a great starting point. At first glance it looks like a normal electrical socket (currently only in American version) with a blank space inside which an expansion module can be inserted.
The Canadian company launched a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter to fund its project, which can already count on eight patents filed in Canada and the United States. For the moment we are in a prototype phase and the final product should reach supporter in just under a year, in June 2018, if everything goes right.
The initial kit, available from $ 38, contains a power socket and a Wi-Fi enabled gadget. It is enough to mount Swidget instead of a normal home to open a world of possibilities, which includes several modules being studied.
It ranges from presence detectors to courtesy night lights, from Bluetooth speaker to carbon monoxide detector or to aromatherapy diffuser. However, Swidget can work with existing smart hubs, such as Google Home, Alexa, Nest and many others, offering signal repeater features and more.
The project is certainly very ambitious, though to unlock the first additional modules such as the USB socket, night light and emergency light, the project will have to collect from 100 to 500 thousand dollars, a figure that, 16 days after the close Of the campaign, does not seem too realistic, at least for the higher goals.
You can also purchase a Developer Kit, available from October this year, which will allow you to develop and test new modules to be added to the power outlet. Find more details on the official Kickstarter project page, and follow a brief introduction to the Swidget concept .