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Automating a light switch without re-wiring: Switchmate

Techstination feature for Thursday, July 14, 2016

Automating a light switch with no re-wiring.   I’m Fred Fishkin with BootCamp, your Techstination for gadgets and gear.    There’s lots of home automation gear out there that will let you use your smartphone to control lighting and a whole lot more.   Smart switches typically require you to replace existing switches…which some people aren’t all that comfortable doing on their own.   Switchmate solves that problem with switches that magnetically attach to your existing wall plate.   CEO Dean Finnegan…

“You download the app.   It takes ten seconds to download the app, you hit one button and you’re connected.  And now you have complete control of your lights always at your fingertips on your phone.   It also has a proximity feature so when you drive up to your house at night your garage lights come on automatically.  It’s also got timers that you can set.  But the product is designed, really no configuration for the consumer.  They literally take it out of the box and they have a smart home in about ten seconds.”

Each switch costs about forty dollars.   There’s more at   You can find us at   I’m Fred Fishkin.

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