Of all the appliances in your kitchen, the one that’s most worthy of getting the ‘smart’ treatment is definitely your coffee maker — yet, for some reason, manufacturers have been slow to embrace the trend. Today, that changes, as Belkin and Mr. Coffee have joined forces to make a network-connected coffee pot.
The Mr. Coffee 10-Cup Smart Optimal Brew Coffeemaker with WeMo, despite it’s complex name, is actually a rather simple device. There’s nothing particularly fancy or high-end about the components or controls, and aside from the wireless networking tech under the hood, it’s a fairly run-of-the-mill drip-style coffeemaker.
The only real difference here the machine’s ability to connect to your smartphone or tablet via Wi-Fi, which is admittedly pretty cool. Using Belkin’s existing WeMo app, you can remotely turn the machine on or off, schedule brew times, and tweak brew settings — all before you roll out of bed.
Furthermore, since it’s part of the WeMo family, the coffeemaker also works with other smart home gizmos in Belkin’s lineup. You could, for example, link the machine to a WeMo motion sensor, and configure it to start brewing automatically when you walk into the bathroom for your morning shower. We’re also willing to bet that a WeMo Coffeemaker channel will likely pop up on IFTTT in the not-so-distant future, which would allow users to link their coffee makers to hundreds of other web services and connected gadgets.
The Mr. Coffee 10-Cup Smart Optimal Brew Coffeemaker with WeMo is available starting today for $150.