A future Belkin HomeKit remote control, known as the Wemo Stage, was discovered through FCC documents. Like the Philips Hue dimmer, there are several buttons that can be used to activate different devices and scenes and can be used either as a mobile remote control or attached to a wall plate.
Documents include photos showing a small white unit with three buttons …
Zatznotfunny saw the file, which includes photos and a user guide. The user guide shows that all settings can be made directly through the Home application.
- Add Wemo Stage as an accessory
- Create scenes that control your smart devices
- Assign scenes to the buttons on the Wemo scene
There are only three buttons, unlike the four on the Philips Hue Dimmer, but the Belkin device may be less confusing because it is a dedicated stage controller. The original Hue device could only control Hue bulbs and thus has on / off / brighter / smaller markings. He was later given the opportunity to control any HomeKit device or scene, but the bookmarks could confuse any non-techie in the house.
The buttons offer short and long press options, so each can control up to six actions.
Just like the excellent system used for the Hue controller, the wall plate has a self-adhesive pad to mount on the wall, and the controller itself attaches magnetically. This makes it very convenient to use it as a replacement wall switch or as a portable remote control.
There’s no indication of availability or pricing yet, but it’s likely to be priced to compete against the Hue Dimmer, which offers bulb and standalone sets for about $ 30. Other HomeKit remote control options include unique multifunction buttons from Flic (now) and Ikea (later).
It’s not the only HomeKit product on the road from Belkin: I found out yesterday that the company also has an AirPlay 2 audio adapter in the works.
Based on FCC records, the small adapter called the “Belkin Soundform Connect” will be powered by a USB-C cable and will support audio output through a 3.5 mm mini-jack port, as well as digital optical sound. Once you connect an audio device to the adapter, iPhone, iPad or any other device Apple will detect it as an AirPlay 2 speaker.
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