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HolidayBuyer's Guide

Meet the Pivot Power Genius

Bend as needed

A bit on the chunky side

Smart sockets

More than just an indicator light

Link with Wink

A helpful, attractive app

The $79.99 Quirky Pivot Power Genius is a flexible power strip with two Wi-Fi-enabled outlets that you'll be able to power on and off remotely from your iOS or Android device.
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The Pivot Power Genius has joints at every outlet, allowing you to bend it into a variety of different shapes, helping to ensure that there's plenty of room for all of your plugs.
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The Pivot Power Genius is a bit wider and longer than the average power strip, and unfortunately, it also features fewer actual outlets.
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Each of the two smart sockets has a blue light that illuminates to let you know when it's powered on. In addition to controlling them remotely, you'll be able to turn each one on and off by pressing a small button on the side of the strip.
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The Pivot Power Genius' house-shaped indicator light will flash different colors to let you know the status of the power strip. You'll also use it to connect your strip to your Wi-Fi network -- just download the free Wink app, start the link process, then hold your phone's screen against the strip. Your phone will flash a pattern that tells the indicator light everything it needs to know in a matter of seconds.
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If the caption on that last slide sounded confusing, don't worry. The free Wink app makes the link process quick and easy.
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The Wink app is very well designed, with superb illustrations and simple controls.
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