The internet of things will now make your coffee

Belkin builds WeMo technology into a coffee maker, so you can start a brew from under the bed covers

Barry Collins
11 Nov 2014

Belkin has unveiled possibly the best gadget to come out of the "Internet of Things" yet - a Wi-Fi-enabled coffee maker.

The Mr Coffee 10-Cup Smart Optimal Brew Coffeemaker with WeMo (and we need a fresh cup of coffee after typing that ridiculously elongated name) is the latest device in the company's range of home automation products.

The $150 device allows you to switch the coffee maker on to a schedule, "monitor your brew status" and modify the strength of the brew using the WeMo app for iOS and Android devices. The device can also be triggered remotely, so you can have a fresh pot waiting when you walk through the door of an evening, or simply fire up the machine without even getting out of bed.

The app will alert you when the filter needs changing or when you need to clean out the pot, and for those worried about a caffeine crisis when the Wi-Fi falls over, the machine can also be set to brew manually.

Belkin has a range of WeMo devices geared towards home automation, including remote-control light switches, plug sockets and motion sensors.

We're hoping Belkin UK can convince the firm to deliver the first Wi-Fi enabled teasmaid, but we're not holding our breath.

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