July 16th, 2012
Sooo…last week I got a shipment of a bunch of Belkin WeMos. I pretty much hit every socket in my apartment. It’s kind of a cheap simple way to set up home automation. A WeMo is a basically a device that allows you to control a power socket’s on/off switch via your smartphone. It was kind of stupid for me to get these because I had already rigged up my spot with Belkin’s switch activated power strips. However, the thought of mobily and remotely controlling my power sockets is attractive.
Say you’re on your way home and you want to have your place cool before you walk in. You can either leave your AC on all day like many Americans do or you can turn your AC on via the app 30 minutes before you get home. Do you hate turning off all your lamps when you leave a room? I do. So now I don’t thanks to my WeMos. The possibilities are endless.
I’m leaving out the goodies though. I also purchased some of Belkin’s motion activated sensors for these WeMos. You can have all your lights turn on automatically when you walk in a room. The possibilities are endless here too.
The best thing about the WeMo is that you can sync it to your IFTTT (If This Then That) account which is basically syncing it up to online services. So, I can have my WeMo text me whenever someone walks in my front door. You can have your pet control their own Twitter/Facebook pages. You can have it so that whenever the sun sets all your lights turn on. If you had an alarm with a red light in your home you could sync it up so that if Apple’s stock price dropped below $100 it would go off. Whenever the temperature is about 74 degrees, turn on the AC. Turn on all house lights when you check in on Foursquare that you’re home. The home automation sync scenerio has never been this easy and simple. Check it out: