Amazon has expanded its portfolio of Smart Home devices that work with Alexa. Users can now control their Smart Home cameras, ACs, TVs and set-top boxes with just their voice. Using Amazon Echo, users can switch on the lamp, turn on the geyser without getting out of bed or dim the lights from the couch to watch a movie. Here are some of the support Alexa has gained-
Smart Voice Remotes
Alexa makes channel surfing easier than ever before. Alexa now supports Smart Voice Remotes or IR Blasters such as OakRemote from Oakter and Silvan Sirus. These smart remotes replicate the infrared codes of conventional remotes and enable users to voice control existing devices like ACs, TVs, and set-top-boxes. These devices come pre-configured for major satellite TV providers and users can switch on/off their TVs and set-top boxes with their voice commands when paired with Alexa. Just say “Alexa, set AC temperature to 24 degrees” or “Alexa, change the channel to Colors on the TV”.
Alexa-enabled Smart TVs
A few of Sony’s latest Bravia Smart TV now comes pre-installed with an Alexa skill to help users control their TVs using their voice and speaking to their Echo devices. Users will be able to switch their TV on/off, change channels, change the volume or input source and much more just by talking to Alexa. Just say “Alexa, set volume to 15 on TV” or “Alexa, change TV input source to HDMI2”.
Routines allow users to automate a series of customizable actions using a single voice command of your choice. Use the Alexa app to create Routines that automate how your Echo devices and compatible Smart Home devices work together. Just say “Alexa, movie night!” and Alexa can be programmed to switch on the TV, dim the lights and turn on the AC.
Adding to the capabilities of the recently launched Echo Spot, Alexa can now show live feeds from an Alexa-compatible camera on the screen of the Echo Spot. Users can use the Ezviz Mini O Wi-Fi Camera or the D-Link DCS-P6000LH Mini HD Wi-Fi Camera to view a camera location without lifting a finger by using your Echo Spot. Just say “Alexa, show the kids room” or “Alexa, show me the backyard.”
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