How was the idea of Preso developed? [VIDEO]

Preso was designed by Attilio starting from an Italian common specific need: the control of the home power consumption while the high-consuming household appliances are on.

Attilio thought how complicated could be for Granny Teresa to tackle this issue and, therefore, proposed his team to develop Preso and its App.

An easy-to-use IoT tool able to control the home energy consumption as well as the monitoring of each connected device.

Preso has become far more than an opportunity: it is an ally for those who crave to convert their house in a “smart” one with little money, according to one’s needs.


As Attilio says, Preso is a hackable open device and can be improved or enhanced starting from the original version developed by the Like A Coffee team.

Preso – the hackable smart outlet

Like A Coffee is pleased to announce the launch of a Kickstarter campaign that will allow the public to meet Preso. Preso is an hackable open device that allows you to control your household devices behaviour and to monitor your home power consumption.

“Preso arose from the need to tackle a local Italian problem about the total installed capacity of 3 kW”, says Attilio Mandola, Co-inventor of Preso. It now overcomes this limitation by creating a network which steadily controls the energy consumption of each connected device. Should one instantly absorb too much energy, Preso will disconnect at once the lower priority devices in order to let the whole system keep on running.”

But Preso can improve your quality of life in more ways than you might think.
As it is a microcontroller based system, capable of creating a wi fi network among all the Preso devices, it can be a potential energy-saving tool by keeping track of the status of your appliances and, thus, fulfilling your desire to cut expenses whenever possible.
Inside Preso there are an energy power meter, a relay which turns on and off the energy power supply, a small display releasing an instantaneous stream of information about the device and two push buttons so as to programme functions for your devices to work autonomously.
Moreover, as the software is open source, you can reprogram Preso via the Arduino IDE. The possibilities are really never-ending. You can embed Preso in any custom-made environment. Or hack its hardware by means of sensors and actuators to expand its functionalities and to make it a prototyping platform.

What’s more, you can customize your home appliances behaviour from the corresponding easy and intuitive PresoApp combining accessibility and comfort at your fingertips.
Your new smart devices will be continuously supplying information to your phone or tablet so that you will be controlling remotely your appliances status, even when you are out and about.

“It will transform our simple homes into smart homes”, says Giuseppe Rivello, Content Designer.

Preso is being designed and manufactured by Like A Coffee, a team of professionals in the ICT sector which supports companies in their digitization processes. This time they are willing to introduce Preso directly to consumers, being confident that this little smart home controller could change your day-to-day life!


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