Belkin, probably best known for its routers and Apple accessories, has launched two home automation products that’ll work with a mobile phone application.
The WeMo Home Control Switch can be plugged between a household appliance and the mains socket, enabling it to control anything from lights to perhaps a fan. Using the free mobile app and the home WiFi network, the plug becomes a programmable on/off switch. It can be controlled from anywhere by using a smartphone and can also be pre-programmed, with the option of reacting to other WiFi-connected sensors.
A WeMo Motion Sensor can be added to detect movement, enabling devices to switch on when someone enters a room.
Kevin Ashton, general manager for Belkin, said “Traditional home automation often involves expensive custom installation, but WeMo uses familiar technology to create a plug-and-play solution for controlling gadgets and appliances remotely and is simple enough for the entire family. WeMo is designed to make the technical part of life easier, so you have more time to enjoy the spontaneous and organic moments in life that we all cherish. It’s home automation for the rest of us.”
The WeMo Home Control Switch, WeMo Motion Sensor and WeMo app are all due to become available in the USA this summer. Future WeMo products are expected to include a remote garage door opener, door lock, lighting controls and a baby monitor. Availability outside the US hasn’t yet been confirmed.