Remember The Clapper? You could walk into a room and, with a simple clap, turn on lights, fans, television sets and anything else that could be plugged in. Belkin has updated that concept for today’s technology with the WeMo Switch, which can be controlled by your iPad. Tap on, tap off… you get it.
Belkin’s new WeMo Control system allows users to manage any electronic device that can be plugged in from their iPad or iPhone with the WeMo Switch and the free WeMo remote app. The system works together to create a scalable, customizable home control system designed to provide safety, convenience and piece of mind.
“WeMo uses familiar technology to create a plug-and-play solution for controlling gadgets and appliances remotely,” said Jamie Elgie, senior director of product management for Belkin. “Designed to address simple automation needs without the hassle or expense of whole home automation, WeMo is an easy and fun way to put your home at your fingertips.”
To use the WeMo switch, simply plug the device into a wall outlet, plug in your appliance or gadget, and let the WeMo Switch automatically connect to your house’s wireless Internet. Open the app on your iPad and turn appliances on or off with a tap, whether you are at home or away. You just need an Internet connection.
Belkin also offers the WeMo Switch + Motion, which senses motion from up to 10 feet away. The motion sensor will turn on lights, music or any device when something moves within range. Users can also set the WeMo Switch + Motion to turn off appliance if there is no motion within a certain amount of time. For example, if there is no movement in a bedroom for 10 minutes, the device will turn off the light.
WeMo Switch is integrated with IFTTT, an online service that allows users to create specific tasks for certain electronics. For example, you can schedule lights to turn on or off at a specific time every day while you are on vacation. With the motion sensor, you can set a rule that will send you a text message if motion is sensed.
The WeMo Switch costs $49.99 and the WeMo Switch + Motion is $99.99. Both devices are available from the company’s website, or from Amazon.com. Starting June 26, you will be able to buy them from Apple and Verizon retail stores nationwide. The WeMo app is available as a free download from the App Store.