Smart Home Blog Is Now Hands-Free With Amazon Echo Voice Control

May 04 2016
The skill for Amazon Echo makes it easier than ever to control your smart home with the hands-free convenience of voice commands.

Want to check the arming status of your smart home security system, change the temperature, or turn your living room light off? Just ask via Alexa, the Echo's voice-controlled assistant. And, with a single voice command you can control all these devices at once.

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With and Alexa, you can use your voice to control and check the status of the most important connected devices around your house. Just say "Alexa, ask to…" followed by your command or question. either gives you a quick answer via the Echo, or automatically triggers the device into action.

Voice-controlled security

Securing your home has never been easier. You can ask to lock your front door, confirm that your home's smart locks are locked. You can arm and check the status of your security system and your garage door, and even tell to record a video clip on any of your security cameras.

If you'd like multiple devices to act at once—for example, your doors locking automatically when you arm your system—it's easy to log into and create automation rules that will work with voice commands.

Voice-controlled comfort

It's easy to control your Smart Thermostat with voice commands. You can ask what the current temperature is, and specify the temperature that you'd like the house to be.

You can also increase or decrease your home's temperature by two degrees simply by asking: "Alexa, ask to make it warmer/cooler."

Voice-controlled lighting

As well as turning individual lights on and off, you can voice-control several lights at once. Saying: "Alexa, ask to turn off the living room lights," will turn off every light with "living room" in its name.

You can even control dimmer lights with your voice; for example, you can ask to "set the dining room dimmer to 70 percent."

To get started, download the skill through your Amazon Alexa app today.

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