Belkin's WeMo Smart LED Bulbs and LED Starter Set are both now available in the United States and Canada, expanding the options available for automating one's home lighting. Both work with related iOS and Android apps, and can be nabbed from Best Buy and Amazon, among other retailers.
"Motion near upstairs," the notification says. That's upstairs in my apartment, the place I was around 2,800 miles away from; on the other side of the country from, in fact. It's Saturday morning, I'm away for the weekend, and SmartThings is being terribly helpful in notifying me that one of its motion detectors has spotted something unusual. That's when I start to panic.
The "Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker enabled with WeMo" is a mouthful, to be sure - but it’ll also fill your mouth with delicious, digitally controlled cooking excellence. Controlled wirelessly using the WeMo app, this Crock-Pot will allow you to receive alerts, change the temperature, and a variety of other oddities.
Office for iPad has arrived, but while there's little question now that tablets can be used for productivity, sometimes it takes a real keyboard to get proper work done. Thankfully even before Office's much-anticipated release, Bluetooth keyboard cases for the iPad Air and iPad mini have proliferated. Head on past the cut as we look at the best from Zagg, Logitech, Belkin, and Microsoft.
Belkin had already patched the security loophole which could allow hackers to remotely take control of users' WeMo plugs and whatever was plugged into them, the company says, as long as users are up to date with their firmware and apps. The security vulnerabilities, identified by researchers at IOActive, could have been used to fool Belkin WeMo smart home gadgets - which include remote-control sockets, light switches, and motion-sensors - into installing unofficial software that could be exploited.
Belkin has a number of home automation products in its WeMo line. The Belkin WeMo LED lighting products were launched in January. Belkin also offers a WeMo light switch along with a number of other products for home automation. Those products have some serious security issues according to researchers.
Google's surprise acquisition of Nest was met with no small amount of horror from existing users of the company's thermostats, but other players in the smart home segment aren't so worried about a big new name in the industry. Speaking to SlashGear, several of the better-known brands in home automation actively welcomed Google's involvement, countering user concerns around "Big Data" aggregation with the potential for far faster evolution of what's currently a fragmented market. In fact, as more than one company pointed out, it could've been so much worse: Apple could've bought Nest.
Belkin has added to its growing WeMo smart home system with a new LED lightbulb, allowing for remote control of lighting around the home or office from an Android or iOS app. The new bulbs, which come in a starter pack with the WeMo Link that plugs into a spare power socket and bridges the home network with WeMo, are standard screw-fit, and the equivalent of 60W traditional incandescent bulbs.
Belkin has announced a new product that sounds similar to the Chromecast device we reviewed back in July when it launched. Belkin's new product is called the Belkin Miracast Video Adapter F7D7501. The device is designed to mirror smartphone content onto the big screen in your living room.