Not content with limiting their offering to power and smart lights, the team over at Belkin have gotten together with Crock-Pot to create the Belkin WeMo Slow Cooker.
It seems a strange choice of gadget to focus on when there are so many other home automation devices waiting to be developed and so many other smart home problems that still need solving. Still, if Belkin want to follow up their WeMo Lights with a WeMo Slow Cooker.. one assumes that they must have their reasons. WeMo is Belkin’s brand of choice for anything related to home automation, so it makes sense that it would fit in to the family under that brand.
The WeMo smart slow cooker can be controlled from your phone, wherever you are, using the same WeMo app that you currently use to control your other WeMo hardware – the lights, the switches and the outlets. The difference, however, is that the WeMo Slow Cooker is stand alone – it doesn’t interact with any of the rest of the WeMo family. It offers you simple controls from your smartphone such as temperature setting, start time, end time and a display for how long your food has been cooking.
According to Belkin’s website, if you’re really keen to co-ordinate your cooking with another device or trigger in your smart home, you can use the web service IFTTT (if this then that) to create some rules about when and how your Crock Pot should run.
Overall, this is a simple product release from Belkin and presumably one that was driven by a partnership with Crock-Pot moreso than a burning desire to get a slow cooker into market. According to reports, it functions well enough (as most slow cookers tend to) and so if you really feel that this is something you need in your life, you could make worse purchases.