You could do a DIY project with this. It would be very simplistic!
Order one of these (there free)
I got a bunch of them for free through there sample program (at the bottom of the page)
Buy one of these boards (you can just take out the microcontroller and use in a full blown project)
and you can follow these intructions to build the IR remote here
Then you just need an AC relay that meets the regulation voltage of your house.
Grab yourself a standard plug you don't need. Snip the end up up your two poles. into the relay.
Then when you turn the push the button the IR sends the command to turn on the relays electromagnets.
Once that does all it will do is connect the power from the wall to the power to a product you plug into the unit.
To make a plug just measure your outlit and cut those dimenstion into the unit. Then make some metal and pinch it so when the plug goes in the whole it fits in nicely.
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