Belkin, creator of people-inspired technology products, today announced availability of the WeMo Light Switch, bringing a new layer of innovation to the simple, ingenious WeMo smart home platform. The Light Switch is a Wi-Fi
connected light switch that allows users to remotely access and manage an entire bank of household lights from anywhere using the WeMo app.
“The WeMo Light Switch brings the simplicity, affordability and approachability of WeMo to a remote lighting control market that can sometimes be daunting to consumers, said Ohad Zeira, director of product management at Belkin. “The Light Switch was the most requested new product by loyal WeMo users, and we are happy to offer another product that delivers the peace of mind that comes from knowing you can control and monitor your home from wherever you are, whenever you want.”
The WeMo Light Switch is easily connected into a home’s existing electrical wiring, replacing a current light switch. Once in place and connected to the home’s Wi-Fi network, users can access the free WeMo app to turn lights on or off, put them on a schedule, and even time them according to the sunrise and sunset from anywhere using an iOS or Android 4 device. The Light Switch also features integration with IFTTT, an online service that creates triggers using different Internet-based services such as email, weather and social media.
WeMo Light Switch (F7C030) $49.99
- Control household lighting remotely via a smartphone or tablet
- Works with any Wi-Fi® router, Apple® device with iOS v5 or higher, and Android™ device 4.0 or higher
- Operates over Wi-Fi and mobile Internet, at home and away
- Works with the free WeMo app
- No subscription fee or hub required
“Android users have been waiting for WeMo compatibility, and our ability to deliver on their request is an important next step in demonstrating our continued commitment to creating a simple, customizable home monitoring and control system that can be accessed wherever and whenever,” said Ohad Zeira, director of product management at Belkin. “With more than a billion Android devices expected by 2014 according to Gartner, expanding WeMo capabilities to Android devices is a necessary step for the continued success and evolution of the WeMo brand.”
Compatible with most current and future WeMo devices, including the WeMo Light Switch, WeMo Switch and WeMo Switch + Motion products, the fully functional app enables users to control electronics on and off from anywhere via Wi-Fi® and 3G/4G networks. The app also integrates with IFTTT, an online service that creates triggers using different Internet-based services such as email, weather and social media. For example, you can use IFTTT to create a rule that will send a text to your phone whenever a WeMo Switch + Motion senses motion or trigger a WeMo Light Switch to turn on your lights when the sun sets.
The free WeMo app for Android 4.0 or higher will be available today on the Google Play Store.