Forgetful souls and nonstop travelers can still maintain energy-efficient homes and offices with WeMo from Belkin. Compatible with iOS and Android smart phones, the app allows users to control any appliance that is plugged into a WeMo switch or sensor, which then plugs into a power outlet. WeMo can automate a variety of tasks including turning on the coffeemaker and remotely switching on or off the lights. belkin.com
Jennifer Brite is a design journalist and public-health scientist who is currently pursuing a doctorate in public health with a concentration in epidemiology and demography at the City University of New York. For ARCHITECT, she writes about new products and sustainable design.