06
Jan
wemo

Belkin, a little early to the CES party, has just dropped a couple of announcements regarding its WeMo brand. WeMo, for those who don't know, is Belkin's brand of electronic components (so far including a "switch" compatible with anything you could plug into a normal outlet, a baby monitor, and a motion sensor) meant to allow users to control their electronics from anywhere using their mobile device. Until now, however, WeMo has only been compatible with iOS devices.

In today's announcement, Belkin says that's about to change. WeMo is expected to bring Android compatibility "later this year," which the company considers a "necessary step for the continued success and evolution of the WeMo brand." An open beta test for Android users is set to start in February for users of Samsung's Galaxy SIII and "other leading devices".

The Android beta is set to start a few months before the launch of Belkin's WeMo light switch, which is actually more exciting than it sounds. The light switch can control a full bank of lights and has the option to schedule lights or use "other WeMo or online triggers" from your phone or tablet.

WeMoSwitch

For more information on Belkin's WeMo announcements, check out the press release linked below, and stay tuned as we dive head first into CES 2013.

Source: Business Wire

Liam Spradlin
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  • skitchbeatz

    I hope this is affordable.

  • Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

    What ever happen with "Android At Home"?

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    I admit to some confusion...

    We are talking about simple home automation, and I do mean simple - this isn't intended to manage home security, operate robotics, do inventory tracking on your beer cooler or speak to guests upon first entering the west wing of your house to guide them to your current location. This is just able to perform on/off toggling of switches, has a basic motion sensor, and a baby monitor... Oh, and they support a couple of semi-smart features (ie. ifttt integration). I'm not confused about any of this.

    My confusion stems from the fact that we aren't doing way more. Seriously, I had the same, and cooler, stuff in my dorm room over a decade ago with X10 switches that cost half as much (and worked on the same technology). The X10 controllers weren't quite as pretty, but they worked very well and were half the price of the same items from Belkin. In 10 years time, I expected the same technology to have become significantly better, more capable, integrated into current products, and the control and automation should be completely smoothed out...and possibly cheaper, but I think the costs were very reasonable before. None of that appears to have happened.

    Belkin is aiming high to lower the bar. They aren't the only one, there are a few companies putting out similar crap. Even more embarrassing, there are countless kickstarter projects that have tried to put out this kind of stuff, aiming even lower in some cases. I had an argument with a buddy of mine a few months ago about Luminode (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/787856320/the-luminode-an-evolutionary-leap-in-smart-home-te) which he seemingly funded. It's a light switch that promises to "learn", but it's really just a dumbed down (and awkward) way of programming profiles.

    I'm sorry to go on so long, but I think it needs to be said. These products need to be thrown out and somebody should sit down and start from scratch. Home automation products need to be smarter, scalable, efficient, and easy to use. They need to launch with the ability to easily program them and they need to be accessible and controllable from devices in ways that make sense. They need to expect different types of components to become a part of their network or communications, and it must be able to adapt to different situations that may not be ideal. Basically, they need to be marketable products that don't cost a lot and suck even more.

    I thought I would write this and get it off my chest, but I'm only getting angrier about it. I might blog about this later tonight, I feel a huge article coming on...

    • http://www.facebook.com/goddard.rob Robert Goddard

      I work on automated machines that use PLCs with motion controllers and robotics. You sir, are absolutely right. I think it would just be easier/cheaper to get some used/older equipment and program it to automate the while house. Touch screen panel view along with remote login/android app would just seal the deal.

  • Matthew Fry

    Great! Except the bulbs are like 100 bucks aren't they?