I don’t mind admitting it, I’m angry. It’s now nearly the year 2020 and yet I’m still not whizzing about on a personal jet pack or sending my very own robot butler out to get my shopping.
As a child I can remember excitedly watching TV as some professor in a tweed suit told us of the amazing technology we would be using in the near future. It was everywhere, news stories, movies, cartoons and documentaries all teased us with this future tech, obviously, some were more tongue in cheek then others, but still I can’t help but feel a little robbed, like they lied to us.
The funny thing is though, I’m writing this as my Roomba vacuum darts back and forth cleaning the room, my smart speaker just told me how to spell vacuum, I’ve just turned the heating on by simply asking it and I’ve just ordered the weeks groceries using an app on my phone. The truth is that technology evolves slowly, it sort of just creeps up on you un-noticed. So yes, although it’s true that we’re not taking day trips to the moon just yet, every year technology gets that little bit smarter, that little bit cheaper and it’s not until you stop and think about how much you use it that you realise just how far we’ve come.
All this may sound a little over the top for a review of a power strip, something that basically just allows you to turn devices on or off, but the point I’m making is that it’s exactly this sort of gadget that leads to that more exciting, house of tomorrow future we been promised for so long.
Besides that, it’s also cheap and means that I don’t have to scrabble around under my desk to turn things on or off so I’m all for it…
I’ll be taking a look at the Koi Smart Power Strip, which I think is sold under the brand name Teckin outside of the UK. It’s a 4 socket power strip which also has 4 USB ports and it can be controlled remotely using an app on your smart-phone or via a smart speaker. Take a listen to my review below.
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Co-host & audio producer on the Double Tap Canada radio show. Occasional contributor to Double Tap TV, full time shed resident.