Oh look, here’s another cautionary tale about buying cloud-based IoT kit. On 29 May, global peripheral giant Belkin will flick the “off” switch on its Wemo NetCam IP cameras, turning the popular security devices into paperweights.
It’s not unusual for a manufacturer to call time on physical hardware. Like software, it has a lifespan where, afterwards, it’s deemed not economically viable for the vendor to continue providing support.
But this is a little different, because Belkin isn’t merely ending support. It also plans to decommission the cloud services required for its Wemo NetCam devices to actually work.