One of the most interesting pieces of tech to come out of this year’s Mobile World Congress is the BeeWi MoBot, a system that connects the outlets in your house, and alerts you to motion, fire, and other potential hazards to your household and alerts you via your mobile phone. From CNET‘s coverage:
The master Mobot has a SIM card in it, which then connects to the other SIM-less Mobots via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. You can then turn each individual plug on and off from wherever you are with an iOS app. The app also lets you schedule your lamps, your washing machine or whatever is plugged in to turn on or off automatically at set times.
The Mobot can also let you know what’s going on in the house. It has a motion detector and can text you when it detects someone moving around, whether it’s warning you of an uninvited intruder or letting you know your kids are home safe. And you can set the plugs to turn on the lights or fire up your computer when you walk in the room.
No word on when the BeeWi Mobot will be available in North America, or what kind of subscription fees will be used to cover the cellular connectivity for the device. It could be that they’re included in the price of the device — $200 for the master control unit, and $80 for each individual plug. If you take into account that this product is intended as cheap monitoring for people with spaces outside their primary residences, like beach homes, storage rooms, and satellite offices, the high initial buy-in is way cheaper than paying an alarm company for monitoring.