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This pint-sized smart plug is Belkin's best yetIt still doesn't work with Siri, but at $35, the Alexa-compatible Belkin WeMo Mini is a great way to get started with home automation.
[BLANK_AUDIO] New year and the new Wemo Switch, namely the new Belkin Wemo Mini. It's a much smaller version than the original app-enabled switch. And the idea is you can plug one in without blocking the adjacent outlet. Got a lower price point, too. It's down to $35 each, which makes it one of the more competitive options that works good Multiple platforms. Those platforms include Amazon's Alexa and Google Home. Also IFTTT, the free online automation service. A lot of neat ways to turn things on and off remotely in your smart home. However, it doesn't work with Apple Home Kit. That's kind of a surprise. We thought it might add Home Kit compatibility. Still this is a pretty well connected smart plug that has a lot to offer if you're looking to learn about home automation. Get your feet wet with turning things on and off remotely. If you've got an Amazon echo or a Google home smart speaker for Christmas I think it's a great followup purchase because both of those can control it using voice commands. But if you were hoping for Siri compatibility this time around you're probably disappointed and you'll want to go instead to something like the iHome smart plug or the iDevice switch both of which will work with Siri.