"WeMo constantly evolves in order to bring our users the best connected home experience we can, which not only means creating new products and partnerships, but also adding value to WeMo products already in the market,” said Ohad Zeira, director of Belkin’s WeMo line. “The new and improved WeMo App gives WeMo fans additional ways to customize their home electronics, including deeper integration with IFTTT and expanded control over their home lighting."
The away mode, or simulated occupancy, setting allows users to schedule lights to turn on and off at random intervals, making it appear that someone is home even when the house is vacant. Away mode is a useful security tool and provides greater peace of mind when traveling. Another added benefit for the WeMo Light Switch is the addition of a sunrise/sunset offset so users can program lights to turn on or off at a preselected interval before the scheduled sunset/sunrise time for their particular zip code. This is extremely helpful in circumstances where the house gets dark before the sun sets in the evening. Finally, the programmable backlight dimmer allows users to dim the backlight that illuminates on the WeMo Light Switch wall plate when the switch is turned off.
The WeMo App also features a new benefit exclusively for users of IFTTT, a customizable long press option. The long press lets WeMo users program an additional setting for a press longer than two seconds on the physical light switch button. This feature is programmed through the IFTTT WeMo Light Switch channel and allows users to create recipes that can interact with other IFTTT channels. For example, WeMo Light Switch users can program the long press to automatically send a text message to their phone when deployed or have the long press control lamps plugged in to WeMo Switches in other parts of the house at the same time.
WeMo version 1.5.1 for iOS and version 1.1.4 for Android will be available for free download this afternoon at the App Store and Google Play Store, respectively.
You can download WeMo from the App Store for free.