Electronics equipped with iOn switching can also be operated using a mobile app available on iOS and Android devices.
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Proximity sensors are already being used to control lighting and other electronics in homes, and are made by the likes of electronics giants like Panasonic and sold in stores like Home Depot, but they can be complicated to install.
iOn Switching, and competing firm, Anigmo, whose devices focus on lighting specifically, hope that swapping out a light switch for one of their gadgets will be simple enough for the average consumers to do on their own.
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If crowd-funding through Kickstarter permits, iOn Switching expects to make its gadget available for sale this fall for $60, and the company hopes to sell the devices at home improvement stores like Home Depot and Lowe's.
Anigmo's devices, which aren't controlled by their own smart phone app, are priced between $59 and $159. Anigmo is also seeking funding to bring its devices to more stores across North America, but chose the more traditional venture capital route as opposed to Kickstarter.