Continuing to grow the WeMo platform of connected home products, Belkin has developed a lineup of new WeMo devices including the WeMo LED Lighting Starter Set and WeMo Smart LED Bulbs, the WeMo Maker Kit, and Crock-Pot SmartSlow Cooker. Also on tap for the WeMo line is a revised Android and iOS app offering improved functionality and enhanced lighting features.
WeMo LED Lighting Starter Set and Smart LED Bulbs
Belkin’s new LED Lighting Starter Set and WeMo Smart LED Bulbs allow users to control, schedule, and dim their smart LED bulbs from anywhere. The Smart LED Bulbs work through the WeMo Link and are controlled via Wi-Fi and the WeMo app. The bulbs are 60-watt equivalent with 800 Lumens and 3000 Kelvin for a bright, white light. Fully dimmable, WeMo Smart LED Bulbs can be controlled individually or in groups. The WeMo LED Starter Set includes two LED Smart Bulbs and a WeMo Link, which can support up to 50 individual Smart bulbs. Individual WeMo Smart LED bulbs also will be sold separately.
Other features of the WeMo LED Lighting Starter Set and WeMo Smart LED Bulbs include:
- Turn lights on/off or schedule from anywhere
- Fully dimmable
- 60W equivalent bulbs last up to 23 years
- Vacation mode automatically turns lights on/off to simulate occupancy
- Gradually dim lights
- Warm white light similar to incandescent bulbs
- Works with the WeMo app, available for Android or iOS
The WeMo Maker empowers DIYers to build their own WeMo solutions by adding Internet connectivity to any device controlled with a DC switch, such as research robotics, motors, sprinkler systems, antennas, and more. A small module that wires into low voltage devices, WeMo Maker also lets users monitor and manage a wide range of 5V DC sensors from anywhere using a smartphone or tablet. WeMo Maker is controlled via the same free WeMo app as existing WeMo products and integrates within the WeMo ecosystem, allowing users to create schedules or automatically control the WeMo Maker with sensor inputs. Users can deactivate the sprinkler system if moisture is detected or open the blinds at sunrise from Monday to Friday. WeMo Maker also works with IFTTT, which allows users to create specialized recipes.
WeMo-Enabled Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker
WeMo-enabled Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker is the first WeMo equipped product stemming from Belkin’s collaboration with Jarden Consumer Solutions, a family of household appliance brands. The smartphone controlled Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker allows users to adjust the cooker’s settings from anywhere giving greater flexibility. Users can receive reminders, change the cooking time, adjust the temperature, or check the status of their dish while away through the WeMo app.
Other features of the Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker enabled by WeMo include:
- Turn on/off, change temperature or time settings from anywhere
- Receive reminders
- Timer calculates cook times and process
- Works with the WeMo app for iOS or Android
- Manual control option
Aside from growing the WeMo product family in 2014, Belkin also will upgrade WeMo app to include a customizable long press gesture for the WeMo Light Switch, enhanced sunrise/sunset rules to select a time before or after sunset/sunrise, a simulated occupancy or vacation mode setting, and a countdown timer.
Prices and Availability
The WeMo LED Lighting Starter Set ($129.99), WeMo Smart LED Bulbs ($39.99), Crock-Pot WeMo Slow Cooker ($99.99), and WeMo Maker Kit will be available in spring 2014. The latest version of the WeMo app with the upgraded features will launch in February for both Android and iOS.