Amazon is offering the ability to turn your lamp, kettle, or even your toaster into an intelligent appliance. For what is likely to be a limited period of time, it’s possible to pick up the highly-rated Wemo Mini smart plug for just $18.25 and immediately inject intelligence into previously dumb appliances.

More and more home-owners are starting to recognize the immediate benefits that are provided by a smart socket of this nature. Previously, if you wanted to bring any type of home automation or intelligence into your property in a retrofit type of environment, you’d have to spend a lot of money to install something like Crestron equipment. This hardware is still extremely impressive but is generally kept for high-end installations these days. Thankfully, modern hardware is not only powerful but also extremely affordable and accessible to almost everyone.

With this deal, you are going to be getting a smart plug which comes with built-in WiFi connectivity and gives you the ability to control any plugged-in piece of equipment from anywhere in the world thanks to the accompanying smartphone app and even voice control. By jumping into the smartphone app it is as simple as selecting to power the appliance on or off and even having the ability to set up automatic scheduling which pre-defines when a specific appliance should operate. This is particularly useful for those who are going to use the Wemo Mini smart plug to control a lamp or other light source and allows set schedules to be set to turn the light on and off to give the illusion that someone is present in the property.

The plug also comes with a really clever “Away Mode” setting which is designed to randomize how it turns lights on and off to trick people into thinking there are people in the property due to the random nature of the operation. This hardware is also compatible with Apple HomeKit – making it one of the most affordable solutions of this type to offer that tie-in – as well as working harmoniously with Amazon Alexa and Echo hardware for quick and easy voice control.

A great piece of kit which you can grab right now from the direct product link below.

Buy: Wemo Mini WiFi-enabled Smart Plug from Amazon: $18.25 | Original price: $24

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