My daughter started suddenly to have fear of the dark. I bought WeMo Lighting set with a hope that I could create a system that fades out lights without her noticing. BUT I wanted the light to stay on all the time. So Sleep fader doesn't quite cut it, because after the fade, light is switched off.
API for the lights is not open so I can't even write the feature myself.
IFTTT channel is very limited too. There is only Sleep fader and dimming the light without steps.
Technically feature like this should be really easy to implement. For example there already is Dim the light - action in IFTTT. Optional parameter for the fading time needs to be added. Also 10% steps for the light brightness are too coarse. In my specific case I need something like "Dim from the current brightness to 1% in 45 minutes."
As a computer graphics developer, I also dream about support for different interpolation curves than just basic linear. For example I might want the lights to dim quite fast at first and then slow down - or vice versa. But that is very advanced and probably useless for 99.9% of the users.
The Wemo IFTTT chanel the Wemo App need to enable color rules for tunable LED lights. For instance, it should be possible to chagne the color temp of the Osram white tunable light LED light according to a schedule or an ITFFF trigger.
Which is great, but it would be nice to add a 'toggle' option.
This is already available in the IFTTT integtation, but would be better to have it locally too as it's a bit more reliable!
I have my sun blinds connected to a WeMo Maker - and at sunset I'd like to 'reverse them'.
If it's been hot and sunny and they are closed to stop the house turning into a greenhouse - I want to open them to cool the house. If it's been normal day and the blinds are open I want to close them.
I have other uses for toggle where I've integrated WeMo maker into my own circuit and so would just like to switch state.
I too would like to be able to make rules that allow me to link two switches together.
What I would really like is for my Lightswitch to be able to control other switches.
Example: I have a Lightswitch controlling the recessed lights in the livingroom. I also have a Switch hooked up to a lamp. I would like it if when I pressed the Lightswitch that both toggled.
IFFT tries and fails at accomplishing this. I wonder if it would only work if it is initiated by the app and not switch?
This would also help in creating 3-way switches.
Example: I have a Lightswitch for my outside lights which is located downstairs. I would be able to hard wire a Lightswitch that is not actually hooked up to a light upstairs and use it to control the outside lights.
I have been looking for a wireless lamp socket (standard base) for at least three years. I mainly want to control the individual recessed lights in my family room for various functions and times of day (reading in one of several chairs, watching TV, playing games, etc). I do not want wireless bulbs as the selection is always going to be very poor (or at east for the next 10 years or so). With a wireless socket, I can chose color, and beam angle for each location on the same circuit, timing them and turning them off as needed. THe controller can be phone based, desktop or wall based.
byPeterJameson08-13-201509:27 AM - edited 08-13-201509:33 AM
Dear Belkin Developers of WeMo
Thank you for the latest version of the WeMo app for Android Belkin, although I must say that I really can't see much difference. What a pity that you didn't address some very simple issues that go on and on update after update. These are many, but include:
*Making the setting of timed rules function in just one time format instead of switching back and forth between 12 and 24 hour at different stages of setting up.
*Making the "Delete Rule" button further up the screen so that it cannot be pressed accidentally whilst pressing the Android back-button.
*Making the "Delete Rule" button show an "Are you sure" message rather than deleting instantly.
*Providing screen rotation for tablets.
These are just a few tedious and annoying issues that always seem to be ignored by you. They are all simple, and would be easy to implement I'm sure. They have all been mentioned by me to Belkin staff before, but nothing ever happens.
I shall watch eagerly to see if you reply to this post. No doubt many others will too. If you do not reply then we will all have our fears about Belkin's apparent lack of care confirmed, and that would be very sad.
It'd be nice if a single grouped LED could still be controlled individually via the App. I guess that's wishful thinking considering all the other problems with the app, though.
It's better but far from what it should be! It's REALLY irritating when you press a button and the app scrolls and ANOTHER button is pushed! "Sorry Sweetheart, I didn't mean to turn on the bedroom lamp and wake you!"
I understand "rescanning for devices" but have Belkin App programmers ever heard of BOOKMARKING? Why does the display have to go back to the top only to have you hit a rogue button???
I started using WeMo as an entry point into home automation. Recently, I have been forced into using a lot of different third party applications to get the interface and performance that I had always wanted out of the offical WeMo application on both Android and iOS. I tend to use my iPad to interact with any sort of automation when I am lounging around the house, but when I come home from work I still want that same experience on my Nexus 6 when I walk through the door.
I had a little free time at work this afternoon and took about 15 minutes to do some mockups on what I believe would be a good direction for Belkin to take the offcial WeMo application. Since I did not put much time in these at all, I'm sure there are some things that do not strictly follow platform specific design guidelines, however, I believe they are a decent start to get an updated design for the offical mobile applications.
I understand Belkins does not carry outdoor RGB LED Flood Lights (wish they did!) but anyone know if it is doable to modify a regular remote controled RGB LED Flood Light to be managed by the Wemo App?
I'd like to be able to configure a pin (ex 4 digit code) for toggling on/off a specific device. I've had to stop using my Maker for the garage door because my wife has accidentally pressed it a couple of times. She wasn't a big fan of being home alone with the garage door wide open.
You should be able to set the pin per Wemo device when in the Wemo app "edit" mode. There should also be a toggle for "always require pin". This would force a user to enter the pin to change the state. If this option was not selected, when prompted for the code in the app - the user could select a "remember pin" so that individuals could not toggle state without specific intent to do so.
Reduce household water use by 30% with a simple hot water modification that can pay back in 2 years. Based on a few measurements at my house, each household dumps approximately 30 gallons of cold water down the drain every day while waiting for the hot water to “warmup” at their bathroom sink or shower. This means that we could save more than 10,000 gallons of water per household each year by either taking cold showers or devising a convenient way to save the cold water that we have traditionally wasted each time we want hot water at a bathroom. This step alone allowed our home to reduce our water usage by more than 30%. (Since I believe that we have always been somewhat water conscious, it is probable that these numbers are conservative and higher savings will result from many households. This is especially true for homes that have a long pipe run between the hot water tank and their bathroom.) I have implemented a recirculating pump system in my house that cost me approximately $250 to install so the payback time for us is about two years.
Figure 1 below shows the basic concept. When you want hot water at your bath, activate the hot water pump and wait about one minute and the water is hot without running lots of cold water down the drain. (You would have to wait anyway if you were dumping the water.)
My system is a bit different ( see Figures 2 and 3) in that I installed the pump at my hot water tank, the kit came with a valve that installs under the sink in my bathroom that connects the hot and cold water line there. I also use a Belkin Wemo switch to control the pump from our bedroom and so that the pump can be programmed to turn off automatically after 15 minutes ( this saves energy and reduces wear on the house water lines). There are many brands of pumps available and many remote switch brands available. I chose what was available at Lowes or Home Depot or any hardware store.