Being able to control lights and appliances around your home with voice commands is pretty useful. Unfortunately, most smart home devices are expensive. But with the 2-in-1 Smart Plug, you can connect any regular device to Google, Alexa and IFTTT. This smart accessory makes a great gift, and you can grab it now for just $19.99 at the PopSci Shop.
The 2-in-1 Smart Plug slots into any regular socket and provides two outlets. You can use these outlets to power any appliance around your home—lights, your washing machine, your TV, your sound system, and so on.
The fun stuff happens when you connect the Smart Plug to Google or your smart speaker. Using voice commands, you can instantly turn the power on and off for each socket on the Smart Plug.
Better still, you can connect IFTTT to create custom schedules and make the Smart Plug react to weather conditions or your location. This means you can schedule your lights to come on at dusk and set the radio to wake you up in the morning. In addition, you can link together multiple Smart Plugs to control multiple appliances.