WeMo launches new home automation gear

Anthony Caruana
14 April, 2015
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WeMo is Belkin’s home automation ecosystem. Today, they launch their new home automation solution, the WeMo Maker. The WeMo solution lets you control or monitor any low-voltage electronic device from a smartphone or tablet.

WeMo Maker connects to nearly any device controlled with a low-voltage DC switch. The devices can then be remotely controlled or automated using the WeMo app or IFTTT to connect to a wide variety of Internet services and applications such as email, SMS, Facebook and Twitter.

Sensors that will work with WeMo Maker include light sensors, motion sensors, moisture sensors, temperature sensors, flame sensors, and carbon monoxide sensors.

WeMo Maker, which retails for $149.95 is available now. It is recommended that installation is done by a licensed electrician although WeMo’s Andrea Bruno, the Senior Product Marketing Manager International, did mention that the installation is quite straightforward.

As well as the WeMo Maker, the WeMo Insight Switch allows you to control and manage the energy usage and costs of home electronics from anywhere through their iOS or Android device.

The WeMo Insight Switch plugs directly into an electrical outlet, and then a user simply connects it to the home Wi-Fi network, downloads the free WeMo app and instantly is able to turn any device plugged into the unit on or off using his or her iOS or Android device.

It allows users to put electronics on a schedule, set them with local sunrise and sunset times, create notifications for device usage, as well as manage the time, energy consumption and costs of specific devices. The Insight Switch also works with IFTTT.

The WeMo Insight Switch will retail for $99.95 and is expected to available during early July



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