This morning, Google announced a pair of new partners for the Home platform that will bring even more variety to its stable of connected devices and better streamline our increasingly connected smart households: Honeywell and Belkin Wemo.
I recently tore down a Belkin WeMo Wi-Fi-connected outlet switch for EDN, which I thankfully (and rarely) was able to reassemble afterward in a functionally and cosmetically intact state. I’d initially purchased two switches, actually; I later supplemented my stable with a third unit. My primary acquisition-and-usage motivation was to see how robustly I could control the switches using only my voice, via an Amazon Echo virtual assistant…
WeMo is more than just connecting your lights to your smart home. However, there are still some holes in WeMo’s game. If you know exactly what you want from your home-automation system, and don’t need a ton of hand-holding to get it done, WeMo is an intriguing option.
Delve into smart home technology right now and you’ll discover a mess of incompatible standards, not to mention hardware and software of variable and sometimes questionable quality. Ideally wed be able to pick up gear from any manufacturer confident that they’d work together, but until then your best bet is to choose a brand which offers both a wide range of smart devices and some support for interoperability. One such option is the Belkin WeMo, which we’ve been testing for the last few weeks.
There are 1.5 million WeMo devices in the field, according to Peter Taylor, the VP of products at Belkin, in charge of the WeMo line of connected home devices. WeMo products run the gamut from Wi-Fi connected outlets that let a user remotely turn an appliance on and off, to more complicated devices such as the connected Mr. Coffee maker that not only allows for remote connectivity, but also has sensors that will let you know if your coffee pot needs more beans or water.
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Belkin’s latest WeMo device comes by way of a partnership with lighting manufacturer Osram Sylvania. The kit has everything you need to jump right into the connected lighting game, including a WeMo Link Wi-Fi controller. Each Lightify bulb uses a standard A19 screw-in base and has an 805 lumen rating, which in terms of brightness is equivalent to a 60-watt lamp.
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