WeMo Bridge review: $40 adds HomeKit support to most WeMo products

Announced last May, Belkin finally delivered its WeMo Bridge eight months later. This $39.99 device does one thing and one thing only: It brings Apple HomeKit support to WeMo switches and plugs. I bought the Bridge as soon as it was available, and it works as advertised. Since it doesn’t do much, the WeMo Bridge is fairly small. It’s roughly

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IoT news of the week for Jan. 19, 2018

10 good industrial IoT predictions: This article not only offers 10 really good predictions but it also offers some accountability in the form of assessing last year’s predictions. Many of the predictions — such as AI and analytics becoming more popular — feel pretty obvious, but my favorite is that consumer devices will violate General Data Protection Regulation provisions. The provisions, which require companies

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Alexa, play me an ad that I don’t want to hear (said no one ever)

Here’s a good news, (potentially) bad news story. First the good news: Even though it typically doesn’t provide sales numbers for its product lines, Amazon touted record purchases of Alexa-enabled products this holiday season. Given how mainstream and relatively inexpensive Echo and Fire TV devices are, that’s not a surprise. I’d expect record sales over last year’s numbers for those

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It’s time for our smart homes to get smarter (with ML and AI)

Amazon announced that it sold millions of Alexa devices last weekend, helping to bring digital assistants to more individuals and smart homes. And yet, how “smart” are our smart homes these days, really? Not very when you think about it. Essentially the mainstream smart home products that work with hubs or apps, as well as voice assistants, are currently very

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