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CALMPORT Configurable Electrical Outlet

The CALMPORT provides a means of incorporating a host of exciting technologies into the one of the most standard electrical devices on the market - the electrical outlet. CALMPORT is a new patent pending device that takes advantage of the unused space in a decora-style outlet by providing a standardized cavity to enable various functional specific inserts to be installed into, and be powered by the outlet.

There are as many applications for the CALMPORT as there are inserts, or concepts of inserts, and with constantly emerging technologies, the potential for new insert applications continues to grow. Currently prototyped inserts and their functions include:

  • Outlet based surge protection. These allow a level of protection at the outlet directly, without the need for surge protective power bars.
  • Emergency lighting. These serve the purpose of sensing power outages, and illuminating hallways or stairwells without any intervention from the user. Alternatively, in the presence of an audible alarm, a similar insert will illuminate the path, while showing the direction to the nearest emergency exit.
  • Nightlight. Illuminates spaces when light levels drop below a predefined threshold.
  • USB power. The USB interface is quickly becoming the standard method of charging portable devices. The ability to connect to an outlet directly removes the need for multiple DC power supplies, and allows for charging of USB only devices away from the computer.
  • Motion detection. These devices can be hidden in the outlet and remove the need for unsightly motion detection modules installed at ceiling height. They are more subtle, and can be easily relocated based on changing circumstances and/or lines of sight.
  • Surge Protection. These devices, when installed into the outlet, provide a measure of surge protection without the bulkiness of an external surge protector or power bar.

In order to address the newly emerging electrical standards and codes, CALMPORT is equipped with the necessary shutter systems to prevent tampering by a child. This is in addition to the added safety benefits of being able to encase the specific insert devices within the housing.

CALMPORT is progressing through the final stages of design, and is expected to enter its safety verification program in 2010.

Recent News

July 25, 2017
SWIDGET Kickstarted Launched!!!

Kickstarter launched
Swidget, the Smart Home targeted wall outlet represents the final product adoption of the patented COMPORT system. Please check us out on Kickstarter and pledge you support

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/swidget/swidgettm-outlet-the-smart-home-device-for-all-pla?ref=creator_nav

May 22, 2015
Osteo-4 has returned to Earth!

SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 12:42 p.m. EDT Thursday with almost 3,100 pounds of NASA cargo from the International Space Station, including research on how spaceflight and microgravity affect the aging process and bone health (Osteo-4)

http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/critical-nasa-research-returns-to-earth-aboard-us-spacex-dragon-spacecraft

April 24, 2015
Spaceflight Insider Article: SpaceX CRS-6 mission to assist in osteoporosis research

An article, by Spaceflight Insider, talking about the importance of the Osteo-4 payload to osteoporosis research:

http://www.spaceflightinsider.com/organizations/space-exploration-technologies/spacex-crs-6-mission-assist-osteoporosis-research/ 

April 23, 2015
CALM Technologies on CBC Radio One - Ontario Morning with Wei Chen

Lowell Misener, President of CALM Technologies, had a talk about Osteo-4 with Wei Chen of CBC Radio One's Ontario Morning.  Below is the link to the Ontario Morning Podcast.  Lowell's interview begins at 06:18 and concludes at 11:33.  Enjoy!

http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/ontariomorning_20150423_54077.mp3

 

April 23, 2015
CALM Awarded InVitro Bone Contract with European Space Agency

On January 26, 2015 Calm was awarded a contract to build and support hardware for the European Space Agency project InVitro Bone (#4000112839/14/NL/FC). This involves the manufacture of the flight proven Osteo-4 design and support for flight qualification. The future InVitro Bone mission is targeting 2017.

April 22, 2015
Osteo-4 Makes Whig Standard Front Page News!

To see the Kingston Whig Standard article on CALM Technologies and Osteo-4 click the link below:

http://www.thewhig.com/2015/04/21/kingston-companys-bone-loss-experiment-in-space-wraps-up

April 22, 2015
NASA Mission Article for Osteo-4 - Great Group Photo!

From the NASA website highlighting Space Station Research, an article titled: Scientists Make No Bones about First Study of Osteocytes on Space Station.  Great photo of the Osteo-4 Team!

April 22, 2015
Osteo-4 Blasts Off for ISS!

Watch the launch video of the SpaceX CRS-6 mission carrying the Osteo-4 Payload aboard the Dragon capsle on the Falcon9 rocket.

April 22, 2015
CRS-6 Prelaunch Science Panel - Osteo-4

CRS-6 Prelaunch Science Panel - With Paola D. Pajevic, principal investigator, Osteocytes and Mechanomechano-transduction (Osteo-4), Massachusetts General Hospital.

April 21, 2015
Osteo-4 Training Video for ISS Astronauts. Have you got the right stuff?

The Osteo-4 Training video viewed by the astronauts aboard ISS.  The video was produced by Jordan Milani, Videographer currently living in Kingston, Ontario.