Automating our lives is big business and it can get complicated and expensive. But it doesn’t get any simpler than the Belkin WeMo – a switch that connects to your home’s WiFi network and communicates via your smartphone.
Plug the switch into any wall jack and download the WeMo app onto your phone or tablet. You can then control any appliance or fixture that can plug into a regular outlet right from your mobile gadget. For example, you can use it to remotely turn on and off a light or heater, or schedule your coffee maker to turn on at a certain time in the morning.
WeMo is completely modular, allowing you to control as much or as little of your house as you like. There is also a motion-activated switch that can trigger devices with a simple walk-by. That means you can literally light up a room just by walking into it.