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CES 2014: Belkin has a bright idea


Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY 7:33 p.m. EST January 5, 2014

Belkin CEO Chet Pipkin has a shiny thought.

He plans to observe up Belkin’s WeMo devices, which keep watch over family products by means of the smartphone, with a WeMo mild bulb.

Pipkin can be displaying the comparatively cheap bulbs at CES in Las Vegas. He is now not the primary to provide “sensible” LED bulbs that may be grew to become on and off and dimmed by the use of smartphone apps. Philips, TCP and a few different firms have them, at costs starting from $89 to $200. The Belkin distinction: $39 bulbs.

Are expecting to peer a number of lighting fixtures products at CES now that manufacturing of forty- and 60-watt incandescent bulbs used to be phased out formally on Jan. 1, as a result of power issues.

Belkin, based in 1983, has constructed its title totally on cables, iPhone circumstances and Web routers. However the success of the WeMo line has proven Pipkin the place the long run is headed: linked houses.

The fantastic thing about WeMo is that it connects many products below one umbrella, as a substitute of requiring many apps for numerous carriers products, says Pipkin. “From one app, you are able to do a number of various things,” he says.

WeMo was once first launched in 2011 with the $forty nine.ninety nine Perception swap. WeMo products launched seeing that embody a child reveal and a movement detector that turns products on and off while you stroll via.

With the WeMo Perception, lamps will also be plugged into the device and grew to become on and off with a smartphone, from inside the home or miles away. With the brand new bulb, shoppers can get the identical outcomes with no need to plug into WeMo.

The 60-watt bulbs will closing for 23 years, Belkin says, and may also be set to “trip mode” to come back on mechanically every day, dimly, to offer the influence that you might be at residence.

WeMo Smart LED Light Bulb

Belkin’s WeMo Sensible LED Bulb(Photograph: Belkin)

At CES, Belkin additionally will show off its new partnership with Jarden products to convey WeMo technology to family items like Crock-Pot and Mr. Espresso.

The $ninety nine.ninety nine Crock-Pot with constructed-in WeMo can also be grew to become on and off remotely by means of the app. That you would be able to additionally regulate temperature settings.

The WeMo app is on hand for Apple and Android devices.

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