After eight months of ready, Belkin’s bridge to Apple HomeKit is lastly out there for WeMo customers. Plug it in and plug its Ethernet cable into your router, and it will act as intermediary between your WeMo devices and Apple HomeKit’s iOS-and-Siri-based sensible dwelling controls. The associated fee? $40.
That is actually lower than I anticipated Belkin would promote it for, and it really works with extra WeMo devices than I assumed it might, too. Together with current-gen gadgets just like the WeMo Mini and WeMo Dimmer, Belkin’s first-gen WeMo Switches (the massive, cumbersome ones) get to come back alongside for the journey as effectively, as does Belkin’s WeMo Movement Detector (although full movement assist remains to be within the works — extra on that in a bit). Neither of these are even offered anymore, so good on Belkin for not leaving them — and the purchasers who nonetheless use them — behind.
The addition of Siri controls completes the voice trifecta for WeMo, as its devices already work with Amazon’s Alexa and the Google Assistant. You do not want an additional bridge accent to attach with both of these voice assistants, although you’ll need a suitable voice machine just like the Amazon Echo or Google House sensible audio system, pictured above. With HomeKit, you will simply speak to Siri by way of your iPhone or iPad, and you will be additionally in a position to give instructions by way of the Apple HomePod sensible speaker as soon as that product arrives within the coming weeks.