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One device, two smart outlets, and Siri controls to boot from the ConnectSense Smart Outlet (pictures)

The Grid Connect ConnectSense Smart Outlet lets you smarten up two dumb electronics with Apple's HomeKit.

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The ConnectSense Smart Outlet

The Siri-controlled Outlet from GridConnect features independent controls for each outlet and an app that works with all of your HomeKit products.

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A Wi-Fi Plug

Connect the outlet to your home's Wi-Fi network, then plug in anything you'd like to be able to control with your phone.

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HomeKit app controls

The app lets you organize the plugs and any other HomeKit devices you own into the buckets designated by Apple's system, such as Rooms and Zones.

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Scenes and Triggers

You can also use the app to set up scenes, letting you control multiple devices with a single voice command such as "good morning." Finally, the app even offers triggers so you can schedule your lights or tie them into "if this, then that" rules involving your other HomeKit devices.

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Setup

Setup is easy. Plug in your outlet and you'll be ready to go.

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The Nightlight

The side of the outlet doubles as a night light.

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USB charging

You can also charge your phone in the outlet via the USB port.

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Physical buttons

The buttons on the side let you control each outlet manually.

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A competent HomeKit Plug

The $80 Grid Connect ConnectSense Smart Outlet plays the part of a HomeKit smart lock well.

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