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Belkin Expands WeMo Brand with WeMo Light Switch

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PRESS RELEASE

Control your home's lights from anywhere with your smartphone or tablet

(Rushden, UK) - 7 January, 2013 - Building on the success of its WeMo launch in 2012, Belkin today announced two new developments to the WeMo brand of simple, ingenious home control products, the WeMo Light Switch and Android compatibility. The WeMo Light Switch is the latest product from Belkin's WeMo platform of simple, Wi-Fi-based home control products. The WeMo Light Switch will be on display at Belkin's booth, South Hall #30651, at the 2013 International CES from 8-11 January.

"Android compatibility and the ability to control full household lighting - beyond just lamps - have been the top requests from WeMo fans since we first launched, so we are excited to showcase our new WeMo Light Switch at the 2013 CES," said Jamie Elgie, senior director of product management at Belkin. "It's a natural extension of the WeMo line and helps expand on our promise of delivering the peace of mind that comes from knowing you can control and monitor your home from wherever you are, whenever you want."

The WeMo Light Switch replaces an existing light switch and connects into your home's electrical wiring. Once in place, you can turn a full bank of lights on and off from anywhere, put them on a schedule, or use other WeMo or online triggers to control them through a smartphone or tablet. The WeMo Light Switch is controlled via the same WeMo App as the WeMo Switch and Motion, conveniently keeping track on all your plugged in devices from one location.

WeMo Light Switch

  • Controls wired lights in your home from your iOS device
  • Works with any Wi-Fi router and any Apple iPod touch, iPhone, iPad - iOS v5 or higher
  • Will be compatible with Android 4.0 or higher shortly after launch
  • Operates over Wi-Fi and mobile internet, at home and away
  • Free WeMo App

Aside from growing the WeMo product family in 2013, Belkin also will launch compatibility for Android devices later this year. As the market share for Android continues to grow and more consumers demand it, expanding WeMo capabilities to Android devices is a necessary step for the continued success and evolution of the WeMo brand.

Availability

The WeMo Light Switch will be available in summer 2013. Android 4.0 compatibility for WeMo Light Switch will also be available in summer 2013, exact dates will be confirmed nearer to launch.

About Belkin

At Belkin, we are inspired by people. With more than 200 patents, Belkin invents products that harness the power of technology to enrich people's lives. From wireless home networking and entertainment, to mobile accessories, energy management, and a broad USB and cable mix, Belkin products connect the dots between people and technology. Belkin also provides public and private sector organizations with high-quality security, infrastructure, energy, and server-room solutions. A privately held company founded in 1983, Belkin has more than 1,200 employees in 25 countries. Headquartered in Playa Vista, California, Belkin can also be found on the web at Belkin.com/uk, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Belkin.UK and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Belkin_UK.