updated 07:35 pm EST, Sun January 5, 2014
New products use Wi-Fi technology for communication, eschew Bluetooth
Before this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, accessory and networking manufacturer Belkinhas announced a slate of new WeMo devices including the WeMo LED Lighting Starter Set and WeMo Smart LED Bulbs, the WeMo Maker Kit, and Crock-Pot WeMo Slow Cooker. The new products launch in parallel with a revised Android and iOS app offering improved functionality and enhanced lighting features.
Belkin's new LED Lighting Starter Set and WeMo Smart LED Bulbs allow users to control, schedule and dim smart LED bulbs from anywhere. The WeMo 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. 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. The lighting starter kit will be available in the spring, and retail for $130, with individual bulbs selling for $40.
The WeMo Maker empowers users 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.
Also debuting at the 2014 International CES, the Crock-Pot WeMo Smart Slow Cooker is the first WeMo product stemming from Belkin's partnership with Jarden Consumer Solutions, a family of household appliance brands. The WeMo Slow Cooker is the first smartphone-controllable slow cooker, which allows users to adjust the cooker's settings from anywhere giving greater flexibility and control. The slow cooker connectivity allows users to receive reminders, change the cooking time, adjust the temperature or check the status of a dish through the WeMo app.