Kemuri socket

Kemuri smart power socket

Venturefest South Innovator: Kemuri

Part of the Innovation Zone at the upcoming Venturefest South event, Kemuri uses the Internet of Things to produce smart power sockets and wellbeing monitors to help vulnerable people to live independently. We caught up with them to find out more...

Describe your business in no more than 100 words

Kemuri produces multi-sensor smart power sockets with an API to a continuous pattern detection and alerting system. The first use, as a minimum viable product, is a wellbeing monitor for vulnerable people living independently, such as with early stage dementia. Trials have started in sheltered housing and plans are in place for developing smart energy management products for SME and domestic customers.


What prompted you to enter the Innovation Zone? Describe the innovation that you’ve entered with. 

The Innovation Zone is an opportunity for us to show the potential of Internet of Things power sockets in many applications, including: 

1.  Smart power sockets with sensors for motion, power used, temperature, humidity and power supply. 

2.  GSM link to the internet with battery back-up.

3.  Machine learning that alerts changes in patterns when different from normal.

4.  App showing daily summaries and hourly charts of sensor readings.

5.  APIs for other software developers


How would you describe that to a novice?

The Internet of Things and artificial intelligence will revolutionise electrical power management and tariffs. Within two decades there will be 20 billion devices based on the patent application. Smart power sockets are the first stage – and that will help older people to live independently.


What are the biggest challenges you face?

Reaching customers, building credibility and raising funds. 


What are your biggest professional achievements to date?

Predicting the future of technical innovations, ten years before it becomes proven. In 1984 “there will be more personal computers than telephones”.  In 1999 “Internet news and advertising will displace the newspaper industry”. 


How do you feel about showcasing to potentially hundreds of people at Venturefest South?

Relatively calm.


What are you hoping to get out of attending Venturefest South?

1.  Awareness of Kemuri

2.  Enquiries from investors

3.  Sales leads for the wellbeing monitor

Where do you see your company in five years time?

Preparing to exit the telecare business.


What advice would you give to aspiring innovators?

Hardware is hard.  The time from prototype to certified production is far longer than you would wish. 

Kemuri will be part of the Innovation Zone at the inaugural Venturefest South event taking place at Winchester Guildhall on 9th March – for more information and to book your tickets, visit