Hang on a Wemo!

This switch to au­to­mate gad­gets is a sign of things to come, writes Rod Ch­ester

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Gadgets -

For in­stance, if the sen­sor de­tects move­ment, it might put a light on in the hall­way so you don’t trip over wan­der­ing out from your bed­room in the mid­dle of the night.

You can set up the rules so they turn off the unit, too. For in­stance, when some­one walks past the sen­sor, WeMo will turn the light on for 15 min­utes and then turn it off.

You don’t need the app run­ning for the rules to work.

Un­pack the unit and it comes with a few ba­sic in­struc­tions that are very easy to fol­low. Down­load the app, plug the de­vices in, se­lect the de­vice in your wi-fi set­tings, and then open the app.

It’s a sim­ple idea, it’s sim­ple to set up, and it sim­ply works

If you’re think­ing of us­ing this as a se­cu­rity mea­sure, ran­domly turn­ing lights on and off has to be a good thing.

Af­ter set­ting up the ba­sic switch, we plugged the sen­sor into the kitchen.

Ev­ery time we walked past the kitchen bench, the lounge room light turned on.

It wouldn’t take much imag­i­na­tion to use this sys­tem and your pet cat to fool po­ten­tial bur­glars into think­ing you’re al­ways at home.

The only down­side is that your cat might come to be­lieve he has spe­cial pow­ers, with the lights turn­ing on just be­cause he en­ters a room — although cats tend to think that any­way.

We used the sys­tem to turn light­ing on and off. But it’s easy to think of other gad­gets you might want to con­trol re­motely. Turn a ra­dio on and off to make some noise while you’re out. Turn the fan on 10 min­utes be­fore you get home, or switch on a slow cooker so din­ner is ready when you are.

It’s a sim­ple idea, it’s sim­ple to set up, and it sim­ply works.

If only the rest of life were as easy to con­trol.

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