WATCH: Switchmate aims to make internet-connected lightswitches even easier

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A new type of smart lightswitch has launched on Indiegogo, which does away with the difficulty of messing with your home’s wiring.

The way Switchmate works is by using magnets – simply snap it on to your lightswitch and it’ll stick with magnets. The existing switch is then switched off and on using a mechanical switch on the back of the device.

It can be controlled using either bluetooth or a switch on the wall – and a hub will also be available for controlling switches when you’re away from home.

At the moment there is a bit of a way to go, so it will be interesting to see if it makes its goal.

James O’Malley