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WeMo, the smart switch

Let me get straight to it. I love the Belkin WeMo switch. This little smartie is a wifi enabled switch that allows you to turn on or off electronic devices. And as simple as its description is, so is it’s usage. Plug the switch into the power outlet and connect the device – the tv, the heater, fan & what have you, to the switch. Then install the WeMo app (android or iOS) to control the electronic device using the app over wifi or mobile network. The simplest function available is to turn device ON or OFF but beyond this, it is also possible to create additional rules to turn devices ON or OFF automatically following certain conditions. So you can start getting creative.

I’ve found this specially useful to control devices that need running overnight. We’ve used this together with fan, night lamp, light in Oscar’s room, and recently to control the heater & vapourizer for bub. Basically, we have both the heater + vapourizer connected to the same WeMo switch via a multiplug and set rules in the WeMo app to turn off in 2 hours. Most heaters these days already come with timers but this setup allowed us to make it work together with the vapourizer. So the vapourizer was only functioning together with the heater. And just the convenience of controlling the devices from the comfort of the bed was more welcoming than anything else. This will be even more handy when we move bub to her own room.

 

WEMO switch

Multiplug connecting the heater and vapourizer to WeMo.

 

If we want to, we can get more creative in using the WeMo switch – such as turn the devices back on every 3 hours…or turn the device ON or OFF if it reaches a certain temperature or get your phone to raise an alarm perhaps – although, I don’t know why you would want to do that…but the point is, the possibilities of what you do are nearly endless.

 

WeMo app

Creating rules on the WeMo app aren’t that hard either. The interface is simple and intuitive. 

 

There are some really smart tech stuffs out there in the market. But most either don’t really solve any “real world” problems or if they do, they solve problems that no one really has. But this simple WeMo switch, helps my bub and I sleep well 🙂

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