Every once and awhile you find a new gadget or gizmo that catches your eye forcing you to make an impulse purchase. Sometimes it is a worthwhile purchase. The Belkin WeMo Switch was one such purchase.
The WeMo Switch is a simple little device. It basically allows you to control your home electronics from anywhere. Turn things off or on from your iOS device (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad). You can even schedule devices to turn on and off at a certain time. It’s essentially affordable home automation. There is also a version of the WeMo Switch that has a motion sensor.
Installation is simple. Plug the device into a wall outlet, plug in a device such as a lamp, download and install the WeMo app to your iOS device, connect your device to the WeMo Network and then launch the app. That’s it. Note that it will require a firmware upgrade once it has been set up. I set up WeMo Switches in both my home office and my daughter’s room.
Even though I have not played around with this feature, the WeMo can interact with web-based social media and apps through a great service called IFTTT (if this then that). It allows you to create custom tasks with Twitter, Facebook, Gmail, Google Calendar, and Evernote to name a few. I’ll have to play around with it.
The one downside is that it is specifically for iOS devices. No Android or Windows Phone apps. Hopefully Belkin with expand the availability of the WeMo app in the near future.