An obvious small evolution is a multi-port merger of these:
As an example from another brand:
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The trickier product to make is to then move into UPS products but do it with more intelligence than a typical UPS. So you add batteries to the above and software which you can program each port to come on/off based on criteria. e.g. when power goes off, turn on a port, or when power goes off, turn off a port after an amount of time.
Anker has many of the components of this idea in separate products, they have a kind-of UPS in the Powerhouse, they make individual smart plugs, they make multi-socket "dumb" power distribution units, they have lights which come when dark or when they sense movement when it is dark.
So merge in these ideas into one product.
Currently I have these "dumb" devices:
- a large capacity UPS which powers home broadband modem, wifi router and a small Raspberry Pi type server. Over years this grew from a cheap small capacity UPS to large as the power outages became too frequent and too long. I also moved from PCs to laptops which can withstand hours without power, and lots of Anker flashlights to turn on.
- 3 Eufy smart plugs and a smart bulb, largely used for time-based on/off.
- some of the Anker multi-plug power extensions.
- Eufy stick-on lights so we can move around in the dark they come on when required, these guide you til you pick up one of the flashlights.
- Powercore Fusion which recharges the device then itself, not a UPS strictly but very close to being.
But for example these individually cannot do something intelligent, like when power goes off to do something like turn a lamp on if the hour of the day is expected to be mean it is dark. Or to turn off items which are less important to conserve stored battery power for the more critical items.