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Show Report: Belkin

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By Kevin Purdy

Contributing Editor
Published: Thursday, January 10, 2013

Belkin came to CES 2013 with what amounted to a small home to show off additions to its WeMo home automation lineup, along with an entire showroom of iPad and iPad mini cases, Lightning upgrades for existing accessories, and an intriguing case licensing deal.

Belkin’s WeMo lineup started with the Switch and Motion pieces (previously reviewed in July 2012), and later added some home automation modules. At CES 2013, Belkin showed off a NetCam HD Wi-Fi Camera ($149, available in spring 2013) that links into the WeMo SMART platform and can act as an additional motion sensor. Also shown were a WeMo light switch and baby monitor, with pricing and availability unknown at this time. Additionally, Belkin showed a wide range of Lightning upgrades for their cases, stands, desktop docks, and other accessories.

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    The Belkin booth at CES 2013. The case and accessory gallery is encased in glass, and a WeMo home automation demonstration area behind.

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    Belkin's WeMo Switch and NetCam at CES 2013.

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    Belkin's WeMo light switch, a new addition to their home automation line, at CES 2013.

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    A Belkin desktop docking station, with two Lightning connectors, at CES 2013.

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    Belkin's desktop dock, with Lightning capabilities, at CES 2013.

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    Belkin's Ultimate Keyboard Case is made from a machined aluminum alloy. The case features three magnetic sensors that determine when the keyboard is in use, and when to release the iPad for on-screen typing. It has no power button, as it knows when it is in use, so it can last on standby and regular use "for at least a week, usually two." A small case modification at the bottom redirects and can improve the sound. The case will be available in April 2013 for $99 in black, or $129 for a aluminum silver case.

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    Belkin's Ultimate Keyboard Case is made from a machined aluminum alloy, and features a small cupped area to redirect iPad audio. The case features three magnetic sensors that determine when the keyboard is in use, and when to release the iPad for on-screen typing. It has no power button, as it knows when it is in use, so it can last on standby and regular use "for at least a week, usually two." A small case modification at the bottom redirects and can improve the sound. The case will be available in April 2013 for $99 in black, or $129 for a aluminum silver case.

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    Belkin's Lego cases in a "soft launch" at CES 2013. The cases feature standard Lego blocks for backs, which leaves it up to your imagination as to what accessories you can build from your kid's toy chest.

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    Belkin battery cases, with Lightning ports, at CES 2013.

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    Covered in an iLounge First Look, ThunderStorm ($200) combines a full-sized iPad case, stand-slash-cover, twin speakers, and battery into a single product. The goal is to provide a superior audio experience, stand, and case all in one product, with a wall adapter when needed.

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