Sometimes you may want that some things around the house could be controlled remotely. Of course you can purchase remote controlled switches and relax. But why not building one and having features you really think off. Bergerap shared his infrared controlled smart outlet which also has a timer for turning devices on or off after some time.
Outlet is controlled by Arduino Pro Mini. Load is switched with mechanical relay module. IR function is implemented with Keyes IR remote and receiver. Since there is a timer option, a DS1307 RTC Module is included for better time keeping. Smart outlet was assembled in to plastic hobby box where LCD, inlet and outlet openings were cut. Arduino was powered with additional DC adapter that was hidden inside box and connected to inlet power line.