Last year at CES, Belkin announced plans for a line of connected appliances. The first product available is the Belkin Crock-Pot WeMo Smart Slow Cooker. If you're like me, you'd be a bit skeptical about the utility of Belkin's announced offerings at this time...but a little imagination at this point will afford you the opportunity to see some pretty cool things down the road (not necessarily by Belkin).
Belkin's Slow Cooker lets you adjust its settings from anywhere using your smartphone and the WeMo app for Android and iOS. The on / off control is pretty basic: you have the option to change cooking temperatures and check meal times from the app, which could come in handy if you need to adjust meals on the fly. But, slow cookers are pretty basic...and this simplicity makes it the obvious first choice for Belkin.
Belkin is also showing off a bunch of other products in the line including a Mr. Coffee smart coffee maker and a Holmes smart humidifier. Those items are still in development with no availability dates in sight, but the Slow Cooker will be available for $99 in spring, 2014. Again, nothing too exciting at this point, but devices that allow you to gauge the temperature of food items and adjust heat or similar options may be worth the expense downstream.