CES 2013: Belkin shows off Wi-Fi-enabled WeMo Light Switch

Belkin showed off the latest addition to its WeMo line-up at CES Unveiled, the preview event of the electronics trade show, yesterday evening.

The WeMo Light Switch joins the company's existing family of Wi-Fi-enabled products for the home. The product replaces traditional light banks, connecting to your home's electrical wiring to give you the ability to access to your light switches remotely. Using an app, you can manage your home lighting from anywhere - the Wi-Fi compatibility means you can switch your lights on or off remotely, as well as put them on a schedule or introduce online triggers to control them.

A free WeMo app acts as a central hub from which to manage your connected WeMo products. The Light Switch is compatible with all Wi-Fi routers and iOS devices running iOS 5 or higher. Android integration, for versions 4.0 and higher of the mobile operating system, will be introduced soon.

"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, Belkin senior director of product management.

"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."

Belkin told ITProPortal that the WeMo light switch will be available beginning in the summer of 2013, with further details to be divulged over the next few months.