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We Tried (and Failed) to Shock Ourselves with Brio’s Smart Outlet

by Jacob Kleinman | January 9, 2015January 9, 2015 9:00 pm PDT

Normally we try not to go around sticking our fingers into electrical outlets, but for Brio we made an exception. The company brought its new smart outlet to CES 2015 after a successful Kickstarter campaign, and we couldn’t help but put Brio’s promise of a totally shock-proof design to the test. Thankfully, it holds up to those lofty goals.

Brio works using a special chip that can recognize exactly what you try to plug in. That means your lamp will draw electricity from the outlet, while sticking your finger or a fork in there won’t do anything. The two-plug setup also means you can use one outlet without turning the second one on.

That shock-proof setup is the default for Safe Brio, but the company also offers a Smart Brio that syncs up with sensors placed around the house or office. That way if there’s a flood or some other emergency the outlets can turn off automatically. Of course, there’s also a smartphone app that lets you monitor that entire system when you’re away from home.

If you’re interested you can head to Brio’s website to pre-order your own shock-proof outlet.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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