plugg.ee is a smart power outlet that can be controlled remotely and allows users to monitor power usage.
Developed by Sherif Eid plugg.ee can be plugged into any regular power outlet, then becoming the de facto interface for other appliances to plug into. At 2.3”x1.5” and a little under an inch thick, its compact profile allows it to fit into exisiting wall sockets without extruding too much into a room. Some setting up is needed to connect it to the home WiFi, and this can be done via the accompanying apps for iOS and Android devices. Once setup is complete, the app allows users to monitor the states of the various connected devices and switch power supply on or off remotely.
The creators of plugg.ee state that it can learn and remember how a particular appliance is normally used and warn of any deviations from expected usage. For example, if a stove is left on for longer than usual, plugg.ee can tweet or SMS message an alert to the user. Alternately, it can be programed to switch off power on its own. All this can lead to smarter power management and lower electricity bills. plugg.ee also features an open sourceSpark wifi core that can be controlled using REST API, so users can actually write their own code to extend this to more complex power management systems. And yes, it is Arduino-compatible.
plugg.ee currently works only with 110V AC outlets, but the makers have indicated the possibility of adding a stretch goal to create versions that work with 220V.
More details can be found at plugg.ee