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    10. WeMo

    Finally, here’s something a bit different. It’s a small device you plug into any wall socket to make it smarter. When you then plug something into the WeMo socket you can control it through a WeMo app. You can then turn things on and off remotely or let it do this for you in a smart way. For example it can detect when you are coming home and turn the lights on, or devices you will be using, just before you arrive.

    It can also monitor electricity usage, allowing you to more easily save on your electricity bill.

    It also works with the IFTTT service, which stands for “If This Then That”, and allows you to create “recipes” of custom tasks you want to be done automatically after a specified trigger. The trigger can be a change detected on any of the supported web sites. Used with WeMo in combination with its motion detector it can then be set up to send you an email whenever someone enters your house, or you could set it up to turn on air conditioning if it’s sunny and hot outside according to a weather web site. Possibilities are endless.

    An alternative, albeit with less accessories and no IFTTT integration, but with two sockets per device is ThinkEco’s Modlet WiFi. It is still in pre-orders stage though.

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    1. Slarti Bartfast

      1 September, 2014 at 9:31 am

      In the Bullet “you get something like a 1000 megawatts of broadcast power” – yeah right,as long as you have a nuclear power station in your bedroom.

    2. Linda Savage

      6 June, 2014 at 1:51 am

      To get this to work with a Macintosh desktop would I just need chrome for mac ??

    3. Linda Savage

      6 June, 2014 at 1:49 am

      would this work with a macintosh desktop computer ??

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