Belkin beefs up its WeMo app with improvements to Light Switch

Belkin has updated its WeMo app with lots of new features for its excellent Light Switch module as the company expands its reach into the blossoming home automation industry. What started as a lone baby monitor has expanded into a line of smartphone-operated smart plugs, motion detectors, light switches and, launching this summer, smart light bulbs.

The updated WeMo app, available today for iOS and Android, adds a bunch of cool features to the Light Switch, the best of which appears to be long-pressing the light to trigger an IFTTT action.

Screenshot 2014-04-17 15.20.36For example. you can set the Light Switch to Tweet with a long press, but more impressively you can get it to call your phone when you’ve lost it — a bit like an alarm when it’s lost in the couch cushions.

The new app also improves sunrise/sunset rules by making it more granular, and adds an Away Mode for users who want to intermittently turn on their lights while on vacation.

The Light Switch, I’ve found, has been reliable and was fairly easy to install, even for a novice like me.

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