SAN RAMON, Calif., Aug. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Switchmate today announces that the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued U.S. Patent No. 9418802 for the company's Switchmate smart lighting solution that magnetically attaches instantly over existing light switches, making smart lighting available for the first time to everyone.
The patent on the Switchmate light switch covers the entire device, including the mechanical design that turns on and off a light switch from a smartphone-powered app via Bluetooth, as well as the magnetic attachment method.
"The Switchmate light switch is the first true plug-and-play, one-second installation smart lighting solution, bringing the lifestyle improvement, safety, and security of home automation to the mass market consumer for the first time. With it, we have completely eliminated the barriers to purchasing, namely the complexity and cost, which have limited the smart home category from growing to its full potential," said Dean Finnegan, CEO, Switchmate. "We're pleased that the United States Patent and Trademark Office awarded us with a patent for this innovative utility and design. This patent is an important step in building our intellectual property portfolio that we intend to aggressively defend as we expand our line of true plug-and-play smart home products and deploy the industry's most intuitive and simple smart home ecosystem."
Switchmate Smart Light Switches Selling Now; Feature Rich
Switchmate smart light switches began selling in June of this year and have already been met with acclaim for their value, ease-of-use and range of features. The Switchmate magnetically attaches to any standard light switch, making it the first smart home product that can be used with absolutely no tools or wiring and doesn't require WiFi. It provides peace of mind and security to consumers who can immediately have lighting controls at their fingertips on their smartphone with the Switchmate companion app.
Switchmate allows customers to begin using the product immediately and personalize it with timers that turn on and off lights automatically at preferred hours, even when consumers are away from the home for added security. The "Welcome Home" feature automatically turns on lights as consumers arrive home or enter rooms by sensing when the smartphone is in range to ensure that consumers never have to return to a dark home again.
One-second Installation; Easily Relocated
Switchmate light switches attach over existing light switches (rocker or toggle) with powerful magnets, eliminating the need for complicated wiring and configuration that requires tools or expensive professional help. Also, the Switchmate light switch is a great investment, since it can be moved to different switches and locations conveniently and doesn't require any changes to an existing dwelling.
Availability and Pricing
Switchmate light switches are already selling at several retailers including Amazon, HSN and Fry's, and will be in all Target and Bed Bath and Beyond stores in September. By late October, Switchmate will be available in over 10,000 retail store fronts in the U.S. and Canada. The MSRP is $39.99.
Founded in 2016, Switchmate Home LLC is dedicated to making smart home devices so simple that the mass market consumer can finally enjoy the lifestyle improvements of smart home technology without the hassle and complexity of existing systems. The Switchmate light switch is the company's first smart home product and the industry's first one-second installation smart light switch that can be used with absolutely no configuration, tools or wiring. Visit www.myswitchmate.com for more information.