CES 2013: Belkin Expands WeMo Family

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Home automation makes a lot of sense, but the price tag can be a little scary. With its WeMo line of switches and baby monitors, Belkin is aiming to make home automation more affordable. The company is exhibiting a new addition to the WeMo family at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show: The WeMo Light Switch.

The WeMo Light Switch is an Internet-connected switch that allows users to remotely control wired household lighting from anywhere. The best part is, these switches will retail for around $50 a piece and will become part of a larger family of home automation products from Belkin. The WeMo Light Switch is meant to replace an existing light switch by connecting to a home’s existing electrical wiring. Users will be able to turn a full bank of lights on or off from anywhere, or put lights on a schedule by using Belkin’s iOS or Android app.

Our own Dennis Burger met with Belkin last night at CES Unveiled and asked if there are plans to partner with companies such as Control4 that offer whole-house automation. Unfortunately, nothing solid is in place. Still, Belkin’s all-Wi-Fi system should allow WeMo products to achieve much better reliability than other standalone home automation products.

Belkin’s WeMo system already works with iOS devices and the company is also announcing that Android support is now available.

For more information visit Belkin or call 310.751.5100.

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