Dutch start-up launches module to smart sockets




The Dutch start-up DoBots has developed a module that can be integrated into electrical outlets to make them suitable for automation purposes. The Crown Stone offers presence detection and can recognize on the basis of consumption which device is connected.

The Crown Stone is built around a Nordic nRF51822 with 32kB RAM and this soc supports bluetooth 4.2. The module is to loosen to be built into a wall outlet, but DoBots also provides ready-made sockets with Crown Stone. The smart outlet can dim energy monitors and standard lamps with support using an app. Also can be programmed Crown Stones as iBeacon or AltBeacon. The outlets may react to the presence of a user’s smartphone and identify devices based on consumption.

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