MeterPlug Helps Save Money and Energy

Here’s a neat piece of pre-production technology called MeterPlug.  MeterPlug measures electricity consumption by plugging in between any appliance and the AC outlet.  The smart plug uses Bluetooth 4.0 to send data to your smartphone and enable features like proximity control, manual on/off, and vampire power shield.  In other words, with a range of about 100 feet and a smartphone, it’s easy to shut down appliances or calculate the costs of standby power.  Each plug is a little expensive right now, but if you want to try MeterPlug, you can pledge support at Indiegogo.

[+] More about MeterPlug smart plugs via Indiegogo.


  • amoyer

    Not a product I would allow anywhere near my house. Anything besides my electrical meter outside that calculates energy and can be turned off remotely is not anything that should be allowed in the USA. Smart meters from an electrical company are in the same boat. If I wanna use 5000kWh of power for a 1500 SF home that’s up to me and no one can tell me I am using to much or come by and turn my power off cause I am using more than they would like me to use. Cause that same person who would tell me I am using to much would complain if I came by their house and stopped their power would complain. Lets say their house is half the size as mine, if I use 800kWh (normaly) in a 1500 SF house and someone passes by and turns my power off at 600kWh (cause thats what they think I should use.) Then if I drove by their house same criteria then I could turn theirs off at 300kWh (cause I think that should be their limit) is this right NO, NOT IN A MILLION YEARS. But yet we allow it to happen. Get rid of these pieces of technology, they do nothing for the end user but to allow some bone head to tell you you are using more electricity then they think you should use.

    • ChKen

      Maybe I’m confused but are you overreacting? You write as if this was a smartmeter, but this device sounds more like a wattmeter.

    • http://acesitecreator.com/ Tony

      “but to allow some bone head to tell you you are using more electricity then they think you should use.”

      The article went totally over your head and you call others bone heads! Those meters have nothing at all to do with others telling you how much energy you should use!

    • caveman664

      I agree with the other replies. You misunderstood the article. This is a a tool for those of us who care to reduce our energy consumption to monitor our own energy usage.

  • amoyer

    How am I over reacting if it says in the article the connected device can be turned off via bluetooth. So you are saying noone could come by within 100 feet of your home and connect to the device via bluetooth and turn it off. Then you are very naive. I understood what the point of it is and coming up with the real reason behind the purpose of this piece of technology. It is very similar to a smart meter as far as it technology goes. For every new and interesting idea there is a bad consequence to it. I am pointing out what somebody who cares more about the earth and animals then they do about themselves and the human race. If you don’t that you never will and I will never be able to understand your mindset of only looking at things in one light. I just wanted to open up others minds to what harm can be done with this type of technology. That was all. You can call it over reacting thats fine, it wasn’t it was pointing out the harmful side of this type of thing. If this was able to be hard wired to a computer to get the info and also be able to turn off/on then I would not have written what i did. It is this infatuation with making everything wireless without being able to control who can access that data. When the technology is out to limit only the wanted user of a wireless device with no hacking able to be done then I would be OK with this type of object. Until then my original statement is 100% realistic and you can not deny it. But you can try. Just open your eyes to the evil that is around.

    • http://www.facebook.com/anthony.t.sharp Anthony Thomas Sharp

      IF someone is able to hack a bluetooth device, I’m doubting they’re going to be using it to turn off your power. I understand there is a risk involved with anything wireless, but the chances that someone able to hack this device AND wanting to turn off people’s power AND in range of your house is miniscule. I see this as a great way to monitor and control the use of power in your house (and wirelessly turn on an off devices, house of the future here I come). I have been wanting to get a wattmeter for a while now and may do some digging on this device first since it offers more features.

    • ChKen

      Who are you responding to?

      “So you are saying noone could come by within 100 feet of your home and connect to the device via bluetooth and turn it off. Then you are very naive”

      No one said that. You did. You are creating a strawman argument. The notion that you are outraged by the possibility that someone would WANT to hack your bluetooth 4 connection to a plug connected to some light is commonly known as an “overreaction”. That’s little more than a prank, because real hackers want your ID or your money, not to fiddle with your lights.

      “I am pointing out what somebody who cares more about the earth and animals then they do about themselves and the human race.”

      This kind of thinking is what leads to extremism.

      “When the technology is out to limit only the wanted user of a wireless device with no hacking able to be done then I would be OK with this type of object.”

      Actually, I think it probably makes sense to do a little research on what exactly is in the security of BT ver 4. I have a feeling it is probably secure enough to meet your standard, but rather than do any research on BT 4, you go off on a rant. That’s called “overreacting”.

      • amoyer

        How about you read up on the product before you call it “overreacting” it says it right in this article. You could also read the previous comments before “overreacting to a 100% truthful comment.

        I will include 85% of the article since you didn’t read it the first time.

        “The smart plug uses Bluetooth 4.0 to send data to your smartphone and enable features like proximity control, manual on/off, and vampire power shield. In other words, with a range of about 100 feet and a smartphone, it’s easy to shut down appliances or calculate the costs of standby power.”

        And as I said is it possible, maybe maybe not but I was pointing out the downside to this. You can’t even keep your credit card info from being stolen out of your pocket let alone keep a wireless technology safe. BT can come out with version 10 and it still will not be secure. It’s based on a code and codes will always have a backdoor for people to get in.

        If it’s extremism then about 30% of our country is an extremist in your view. And I agree it is extremism, but the USA bows down and caters to them all the time which gives us things like this to control your electricity. You wouldn’t care if we went back to the days of cheap coal power like we had.

        • ChKen

          Don’t worry, the World is ending today. It won’t matter.

  • amoyer

    there are plenty of articles on here I have liked and I say so. I just wanted to point out the downside to this type of object. So disagree at your will or feel free to dislike that’s fine. I was not just singling out this or trolling and writing negative comments.

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