Wemo Launches ‘Mini’ and ‘Dimmer’ Smart Home Products at CES

Belkin’s smart home brand Wemo has today expanded its smart switch lineup with two new products at CES 2017, the ‘Wemo Mini’ smart plug that connects everyday household items to the Wemo app, and the ‘Wemo Dimmer’ smart light dimming switch. “With Mini and Dimmer, we are rounding out our smart switch line-up, enabling new experiences and making Wemo even more approachable and easier to use”, said Brian Van Harlingen, Belkin’s chief technology officer.

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The Wemo Mini smart plug lest you control your everyday household devices from your phone or through voice commands. At half the size of the previous Wemo Switch, Mini’s streamlined, stackable design maintains all of the same features as the original, but is specifically designed to stack on top of each other, allowing for two smart plugs in a single outlet. It is also fully compatible with Amazon Echo and Google Home, as well as with IFTTT and the Nest Learning Thermostat.

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The next generation Wemo Dimmer promises to bring real intelligence to lighting, with the help of advanced features such as Night Mode to prevent harsh lights at night and a customized bulb calibration. Wemo Dimmer uses the Wemo app to custom calibrate any bulb type including incandescents, CFLs or LEDs. In addition, Dimmer’s Night Mode feature enables users to set a specific level of brightness during a set period of time. The Dimmer also works with Amazon Echo and Google Home, IFTTT and Nest Thermostat.

Wemo Mini will be available in stores later this month for US $34.99, while the Wemo Dimmer will go on sale in spring this year.

As for HomeKit support, don’t count on it from Wemo for now. Here’s Belkin’s explanation from last spring on the matter:

Right now the only way to make WEMO work with HomeKit is to build a completely separate line of products and we don’t think that makes sense for the overall WEMO ecosystem.  HomeKit integration requires a specific hardware component and cannot be accomplished with a software or firmware update to existing devices.  Though we have tried to find a work around solution, thus far nothing has fallen within Apple’s HomeKit guidelines.  All of this means that no current WEMO device will ever be able to work with HomeKit unless Apple changes its rules.  If we were to build new hardware, current users would have to purchase all new WEMOs to get HomeKit compatibility.

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  • erth

    siri doesn’t work with wemo, neither does google home.

  • Gary Bowen

    There’s other plug sockets that do work with Homekit (iHome for example). People will speak with their wallets, and Wemo should (*I guess*) eventually learn.

    We have a Siri-enabled plug socket for our Christmas Tree and window fan, and I highly recommend it. It’s hassle to pull your phone our of your pocket, but Homekit with Siri is really quick.

    Would never purchase a non-Homekit product for that reason.

  • G-Money41

    Google Home works just fine with my WeMo products – I just use an IFTTT recipe as a middleman.

  • fredf1

    would you care to name the product? Why suggest another product without letting us know what it is?
    Thanks

    I have Wemo and it works with Echo (which I use much more often than Homekit but Belkin’s support is totally useless,

  • Gary Bowen

    iHome was a product mentioned in my comment above…

    Another one is Elgato eve. Both are HomeKit compatible.