According to a hush hush post added to the SmartThings blog and then quickly removed, Amazon Echo is teaming up with SmartThings to bring you the house of tomorrow.
It’s true, we still have a little bit more to go till we get to a Jetsons-like home, but products like the Amazon Echo and the SmartThings Hub make such a high tech house of the future seem within our grasp. And now that they’re teaming up, it basically means that Alexa, the name that the Amazon Echo has designated to its virtual assistant, can do quite a lot of things for you.
The Amazon Echo has a microphone that scans pretty much everything you say, waiting for a command. In order to make a command, all you have to do is start with the word “Alexa”, so that the device acknowledges that you are about to issue a request and then you can ask for the weather forecast, the schedule for your favorite cinema, and pretty much anything that can be found through a Google search.
Aside from being the coolest Google hostess, Alexa can also add any item you might like on your Amazon Shopping List, read you the news or even tell you jokes on a rainy day.
But now that it will be compatible with the SmartThings Hub, Alexa can do so much more to make your life easier.
“By starting sentences with “Alexa,” you can play music (…), and now… control your SmartThings-compatible lights, switches, and anything plugged in to the SmartThings Power Outlet.” said the blog post, as reported by TechCrunch.
So having both the Amazon Echo and the SmartThings Power Outlet is going to be quite the technological extravaganza. Imagine finally being able to enter your house and turn on the lights by asking Alexa to do so, and then asking her to put on your favorite song, just because you feel like it, and then just walking around the house controlling all the technology with just your voice.
Feeling like a wizard has never been so easy and acquiring the Amazon Echo will only cost you $179. It is a decent price to pay to have a Samantha-like (from the movie “Her”) virtual assistant that will be there to answer every one of your questions and essentially make your life a little bit better.
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