Published: 00:01, 01 December 2014
A teenage entrepreneur and former Maidstone schoolboy has reinvented the light switch and plug socket.
Yasser Khattak, who used to attend Maidstone Grammar School for Boys in Barton Road, has created a plug socket and light switch that can be connected to a smart phone app or remote control.
The 19-year-old has called his product Den and hopes it can save the UK economy £1.7 billion in wasted energy costs.
It is not the teenager’s first venture into business, while at school he made £20,000 by selling air fresheners to petrol stations and mp3 ear pieces to school mates.
He came up with this idea while studying for his GCSEs and said: “I first thought of the idea a few years ago when I was reading in bed. I didn’t want to get up to turn the light off.
“When I have an idea I always write it down. The next day I went back to it and started designing the product.
“I was at MGS at the time but I left while I was studying my GCSEs. I was suspended 16 times and taught myself from home. I managed to get As and Bs.
“After that I went to college for a bit but left after three months to work on this.”
Yasser’s creations have kept a similar design to the existing switches and plugs.
He aims to sell them to the public but is going to target property developers when the product launches.
To get closer to releasing the product Den has launched crowd funding campaign to raise £300,000.
Through the crowd funding site, anyone can invest £10 and above to hold a stake in the company.
Funds will be used will be used to finalise Den’s product range and to begin manufacturing.
This will include creating a range of remotes, sensors and the MyDen mobile app which will be available for free to both iOS and Android users.