A connected home is awesome and all but replacing everything in your digs with newly-minted smart counterparts (e.g. smart locks, smart doorbells, smart winches) just isn’t a fiscally responsible option for everyone. Heck, it’s probably a horrible idea for a lot of folks. The DIY solution? Hack an Arduino as a remote switch, then use it to control legacy appliances from a central source. Since not everybody is going to be stoked about having to do complex coding and electronics work either, the WeMo Maker might offer a relatively simpler option.
Made by Belkin as part of their smart products line, it can be wired into any low-voltage gadget, machine, or appliance that’s controlled by a DC switch, immediately giving it connected features that allow remote access via the WeMo app. Want to turn on the sprinklers at home while you’re on a business trip? Yep, this will do it. How about remote controlling a motor for opening and closing the window blinds? Yep, not a problem. Sure, it’s no plug-and-play, either, but it can let you turn a whole host of erstwhile offline objects into internet-connected gadgets with tolerable levels of work.
Aside from controlling switches, the WeMo Maker can also monitor and manage a wide range of 5V DC sensors, allowing you to use it for triggering events all on its own (e.g. switch on the heater when temperature reaches a certain level). Even better, it works with the popular IFTTT, so you can trigger behaviors via the various systems supported by the service.