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    A solution to turn on your machine remotely!

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    Over the past few years I've tried to find a solution that would allow me to remotely turn on my coffee machine remotely. I work odd hours and it would be great to arrive home and have the machine warmed up. I've finally found a solution, although its not yet arrived in Australia. Belkin have launched a set of home automation products under the sub-brand WeMo, which allow you to wirelessly send instructions to a power point using the WeMo app on a smart phone. Looks very promising and they've set up a dedicated Aussie site -- Belkin WeMo Home Automation Switch-Motion -- but no one yet seems to be selling the product.

    I've sent an email asking for details of when they anticipate being in market. Will post back when I hear anything, in case anyone's interested.

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    Cute idea.

    Pity they forgot half the planet uses Android though

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    True, but by the time it arrives here, I wouldn't be surprised if that's been fixed.

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    love the idea

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    Price looks good in the US at $50 but i'll save my excitement until the local price is announced, for now it doesnt seem available in any 220/230v country

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    Cute idea.

    Pity they forgot half the planet uses Android though
    Ahh, but there is a small percentage of us would be happy with an Iphone app.

    Steve

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    A solution to turn on your machine remotely!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mono View Post
    Ahh, but there is a small percentage of us would be happy with an Iphone app.

    Steve
    Half the world ?

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    Just found a mention on Belkin's Aussie twitter account -- @BelkinAU -- that they plan to launch WeMo in Australia in November. I'll be sure to pick one up as soon as it's available and report on how I find it.

    Andy - you mentioned your disappointment with the lack of Android as an option. It seems promising that they're actively engaged, building community and responding to feedback via getsatisfaction at getsatisfaction.com/belkinwemo, where people have been very frank about how they feel about that issue and others. They state that their intention is to offer Android support in the future.

    Fingers crossed that it actually makes it to our shores.

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    Very cool!
    CoffeeBloke likes this.

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    forget your phone, iOS or android. You need to check out ifttt.com (if this then that). It's like a 'cron' tasker for internet services and WeMo is supported.

    This means you can interface with your wemo devices using a number of methods. like, SMS to turn on coffee machine.

    or even, tweet it, email it, phone it.

    heck, you could tell it to only turn on if it's 17 degrees outside.

    check it out

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    Hi JamesM - It was actually the IFTTT functionality that first got me interested. I've got my machine on a timer, but this will do that and many other options besides (like use of iPhone to remotely light it up)!

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    Just a quick update on this. Belkin had announced this was planned to launch this month. It's already in the inventory systems of lots of Aussie IT online stores (Aussie part # F7C027AUAPL, if you're interested...this makes it lots easier to track down). I called Belkin to find out whether its shipped as their Twitter account @BelkinAU had variously mentioned Nov and Dec as timing for the launch. The rep said there's been a delay, but no specific dates are available. Hopefully it'll be available before Christmas madness hits.

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    Now all we need to do is hook up your steam wand and brew switch to one and you can make your morning cup from your bed with an iphone haha.

    Not sure how we solve the portafilter problem though... robot arm from grinder to grouphead?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GMG View Post
    The rep said there's been a delay, but no specific dates are available. Hopefully it'll be available before Christmas madness hits.
    Hi GMG, looked on the bay of plenty and a seller [in Sydney] there states that they will receive stock 10/12.........well we wait.

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    Well... those with i-thingies can use it..


    COMPATIBILITY

    • iPhone 5
    • iPod Touch 4th gen
    • The new iPad
    • iPad 2
    • iPhone 4/4S


    The other half of the planet can't. :-(

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    A solution to turn on your machine remotely!

    That'll learn ya for not crossing over to the Dark Side, Andy...


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    Red face

    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    Well... those with i-thingies can use it..


    COMPATIBILITY

    • iPhone 4/4S


    The other half of the planet can't. :-(
    Yep, one has been added to my "wish list" for the big guy in the red & white suit :-)......

    Steve

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    As of yesterday the WeMo Switch has appeared on the online Apple Store. Listing availability "1-2 weeks." I rang the store in Sydney CBD and Bondi and they're saying they've not got any in as yet.
    The search for a retailer with early stock goes on...

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    Hey GMG, I see the smarthouse site has a bit of a blurb on the WeMo's and say thet they will be available from this week at "selected retailers". Look forward to grabbing one of these to try.

    Steve
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    I've ordered mine...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mono View Post
    they will be available from this week at "selected retailers"...
    Belkin's twitter account now indicates that the Apple Store has been supplied, and other retailers will follow. After contacting a number of Apple Stores -- none of which have stock -- I've gone ahead and ordered via the online store (price, incl. GST is $60, with free shipping). Other online stores that have it in their inventory management systems tend to price it similarly, or slightly cheaper, but when you factor in shipping, they work out to be more expensive than Apple.

    Apple is indicating that shipping will happen in 3-5 days. I'll update this thread when it arrives, along details of how I find it.

    There've been a number of comments from US users who've had no problems when within WiFi range, but troubles when they're out and about and relying on mobile networks. I'm hoping that it's due to configuration issues that apply to very particular circumstances, and so affect a small subset of users, but we'll see.

    Incidentally (for those more patient than I am) there's also a buy-3-get-one-free bundle on offer as well. I'd have opted for that, but Apple only carries the WeMo (single) Switch and the WeMo Switch and Motion, so I'm settling for the single for now.

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    Thanks GMG, look forward to your "review". Likely to go the same was as yourself & order from the Apple store.

    Steve

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    Fantastic! Thanks for posting this, I've been looking for ages! Brilliant! Hopefully it works as well! You know IT!!

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    All the specs and photos show 120V. Surely they are 240V!

    Great idea.

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    Garylovesbeer, it's a 220v Aussie version.
    Got an email today from Apple saying it should be delivered on Monday morning.
    Stay tuned!

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    In the queue now at Harvey Norman, with one. They have stock although you may have to ask them to pull it from the storeroom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GMG View Post
    In the queue now at Harvey Norman, with one. They have stock although you may have to ask them to pull it from the storeroom.
    Thanks for the heads up. Hopefully Santa delivers one otherwise I may have to venture into retail land on boxing day :-(

    Steve

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    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    Ok - up and running. I've posted my experience with WeMo so far here.



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