WeMo Maker

TechLife Australia - - BARGAIN HUNTER -


FOR THOSE WHO want to get hands on build­ing their own smart home de­vices, the WeMo Maker is fan­tas­tic. The lit­tle unit con­nects to Wi-Fi, and can be used to mon­i­tor an in­put, and trig­ger an out­put. It also ties in with ser­vices such as IFTTT, which gives al­most lim­it­less cus­tomi­sa­tion op­tions. The Maker ac­cepts a 5V dig­i­tal in­put, which is also used by a range of sen­sors. For ex­am­ple, you could mon­i­tor tem­per­a­tures, a mo­tion sen­sor, wa­ter level switch or mow. The out­put re­lay han­dles up 24V at 1A, so can di­rectly turn low-power DC de­vices (such as LED light strips) on or off. It can also be used to trig­ger a larger re­lay, for con­trol­ling tech not pos­si­ble with a 240V smart plug. The Maker is con­trolled through the ex­cel­lent WeMo app, and links into your ex­ist­ing Wi-Fi with a long-range an­tenna. The Maker was launched a few years ago now and can be hard to find, but is avail­able (when in stock) di­rectly from Belkin for $70.

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