The Belkin WeMo is a home automation gadget that acts as a digital go-between. It works as a Wi-Fi-enabled adaptor for your lamps, televisions, irons; anything that has a plug.
You then connect it to your Wi-Fi network and it allows you to control the device plugged into it; via an app on your Apple or Android-powered smartphone. I download the free app to my iPhone 5 and used it to turn on a light at my home while I was away.
Worked nicely! I had connected to my neighbor/friends security camera via the Web; and then I watched the light turn on and off!
The WeMo also comes with a motion sensor as well.. I tested it: Turned the lights on when the motion sensor was activated; so I didn’t fall face first into the fridge!
The WeMo is safe, good-looking, easy to use, off-the-shelf hardware that you don’t need to hack to get it to automate your home.
Anything that has a plug can now be controlled via your smartphone. I played with turning the lamp on and off when I set it up at home. And speaking of set-up: it’s possibly the easiest gadget to get going I have ever seen.
The motion sensor is great. It sets up the same way as the standard plug and you can use it to trigger events around your house. I set it up in my hallway, and set a rule that said if it detected motion activated after 11 pm it would trigger the light. Of course, I didn’t think about the dog setting it off… Once I put the sensor up higher I was ready… Forgot I set it up when I got up in the middle of the night; got quite a scare!
This is a fast, relatively inexpensive way to build your smart home….. I recommend it; wish I didn’t have to give back the demo!