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Belkin WeMo home automation modules now available

Belkin has announced that its WeMo home automation modules for iOS are now available. Originally debuted at the 2012 CES, the WeMo modules are WiFi-based products that sit between a wall outlet and another product—such as a lamp—allowing users to control the flow of power from their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. The WeMo Switch allows for both this functionality and the ability to put devices on a timed schedule, while the WeMo Switch + Motion adds a motion sensor to the package so that the attached device can be turned on or off based on motion, letting users create rules or schedules based on custom motion intervals.

The WeMo platform also features integration with IFTTT (If This Then That), an online service that lets users create tasks combining different Internet-based services. This integration would, for example, allow a WeMo Switch + Motion user to use IFTTT to send themselves a text message anytime motion is sensed by the unit. Belkin’s WeMo Switch and WeMo Switch + Motion are available for pre-order now and sell for $50 and $100, respectively.

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1

I don’t know if people realize this, but these WeMo devices work even when you’re outside the home.  So you can use one of these $49 devices as a remote power switch for a computer, something that would likely cost you much more.  The other unit I was looking at was $149. 

If this works as well as I think it might, I’ll be pretty impressed.

For me, the in-home uses are generally somewhat problematic.  If you share your bedroom, having a light turn on when somebody moves isn’t a great idea.  And most other rooms have ceiling lights that aren’t going to be controllable from a power plug.

Posted by Fanfoot on June 26, 2012 at 7:52 PM (PDT)

2

I’ve purchased 5 of these to control lights, fans and the power supply to my laptop.  It works great and setup is easy.  I’ve set-up a schedule for lights to come on in the early morning and turn off shortly after.  Same goes for my window fans.  You can connect to the modules from anywhere in the world as long as you have a WIFI or 3G connection.  I’m looking forward to a more variety of modules, such as, hardwired light switches and power outlets.

Posted by Scott Stanford on July 9, 2012 at 7:59 PM (PDT)

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I agree that the smart phones/ tablets will eliminate a lot of expense in automating your home. I am hoping this leads to a more open and interoperable home automation system that combines the best offerings out there without getting locked into a proprietary system where you have to open 10 different apps to fully control your home. Full disclosure I am working on a project that uses basic xml/json so that the UI can be totally portable and if you know a little javascript you can roll your own. Look for the luminode on kickstarter.

Posted by jake on July 12, 2012 at 1:03 PM (PDT)

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I would buy this in a heartbeat if they offered hard wired switches for my lights. I do not have a lamp in every room of my house so I need a complete solution for this issue

Posted by William on August 1, 2012 at 8:01 AM (PDT)

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