Please note that although this is the outcome of a collaborative project with Busch-Jaeger, it is no official product of the company
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As more and more internet of things devices make their way into our homes, our houses change from dead shells to places that are devices themselves and help us with our daily tasks by providing the perfect environment to use our devices in - at least in theory.
Make the home a tool that improves your experience of using all your smart devices instead of being an obstacle!
The recent leap in technology led to a dissymmetry: For example, old wired speakers cannot be used with wireless streaming services, but many don‘t want to replace all the equipment they own with new technology. Plus, walls are an obstacle for wireless devices such as Bluetooth speakers.
The solution is a new kind of outlet, that can connect with wireless and wired devices and to each other. An app on your phone acts as central control unit to connect and deconnect devices.
I‘m sitting here amidst a set of very nice speakers I have bought years ago. But I still have to use the crappy built-in speakers of my laptop when I want to use my new music streaming service subscription.
I would like to add a second Bluetooth speaker to my laptop‘s equipment for better sound, but it simply does not work... There are some companies that offer systems for multiple speakers, but I already own a different one, so it‘s no use for me.
I want to show my parents pictures of my last school trip. The phone‘s screen is too small for everyone, but I can‘t stream them directly to our TV screen. I have to upload them to some cloud service first, then I can view them in the TV‘s browser.
Here are some examples for use cases for this system, such as Bluetooth speakers, projectors or a multi-room soundsystem with wired and wireless components. Besides the many scenarios in smart homes, there are also some for bigger offices with more than one room.
The wireless modules for WiFi and Bluetooth devices are placed in the front upper bar for the best connection quality. The foldable lower part helps plugging in wired devices, but lie flat the rest of the time to form a clean surface.
The parts and circuit boards that give the outlets their intelligence are stored in this box at the back of the outlets. Thei fit into regular installation sockets and simply need to be connected to the powerline.
The outlets come with regular installation plates that are fastened to the wall. Then the outlet can be screwed onto them, including a frame that makes it fit the style of the sockets and switches that are already installed in a house.
The Busch connect outlets can be installed in regular installation sockets. Then they communicate via powerline with each other, across rooms and walls. Each one is equipped with Bluetooth and WiFi ports and a foldable socket of different types to connect with the internet, your phone and devices.
The app acts as the control center for all the devices connected to your Busch connect outlets. You can set up new outlets, establish connections between two or more devices and link them to groups for easier access of devices that are often used together, for example all the speakers in one room.