Hang on a Wemo!
This switch to automate gadgets is a sign of things to come, writes Rod Chester
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.
Control: the WeMo switch from Belkin