The Swidget is a Modular Outlet with Smart Home Inserts. Sounds impressive, right? Well, it kind of is.
Basically, it’s a standard 120 VAC/15 A, dual outlet (standard in the US, anyway) that has a small open space for modules or inserts. These inserts are what makes it special because they allow you to customize the outlet to do all kinds of different things, depending on the module.
For example you could install a nightlight insert, or maybe a carbon monoxide alarm. If you’re a bit more high-tech, you might opt for a Bluetooth speaker, Alexa extender, or WiFi booster insert. Personally, I like the USB charger but that’s mainly because I just can’t have enough charging ports for all my gadgets.
Just install a Swidget in place of your standard outlet and in addition to a pair of 3-prong outlets you’ll receive a slot for various Swidget inserts. The inserts will range from standalone inserts such as a night light or USB charger, to WiFi-, Z-Wave-, or ZigBee-enabled inserts compatible with a wide range of smart home products.
Swidget inserts snap in and out of the outlet, and can even be controlled via smartphone or tablet app, or an existing smart home hub. Apps are usually linked to a specific insert, function, platform, or protocol (e.g. Nest, Google Home, Alexa, etc.).
Right now, the crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter is through August 31, 2017. As I write this, they have already met the funding goal with over a month to go. If you get in on the Kickstarter, you should receive your outlet and a WiFi insert (so you can control appliances, lights, etc.. from your smartphone) by June of 2018.
If all you need is a nightlight, check out this Outlet Cover Nightlight it’s pretty cool and a bit cheaper.
Modular Outlet with Smart Home Inserts: Product Details
- Outlet: Standard US Outlet – 120VAC, 15Amps.
- Compatible With: Wi-Fi, Z-Wave, or ZigBee. Can even work with Google Home and Apple HomeKit.
- Color: White
- The manufacturer is making it easy for 3rd parties to develop their own inserts so, the list of things you could do with a Swidget might end up being pretty extensive.