It took a long time for electronic devices around us to actually become “smart”, and the world has Alexa to thank for this transformation! Amazon’s voice assistant has pretty much changed the world giving electronics companies a free way to integrate voice control into their devices.
In this article, we will see some exciting smart devices that are compatible with Alexa and that allow you to control your home by just saying what’s on your mind.
Smart Thermostats: With Alexa, there no need to go to your thermostat or find your phone to adjust the temperature. All you need is to speak a command or push a button on your phone to tell Alexa what you want your products to do. For example, to set the temperature of your room to 72 degrees, all you need is to say “Alexa, set the temperature to 72 degrees”. The smart thermostat will automatically adjust the temperature to 72 degrees. It’s really that simple!
Smart Lighting: Do you want to dim the lights for a romantic dinner? Or turn the lights on when you get homefrom the grocery store and your arms are full? Just ask Alexa! With smart lighting and Alexa, you can even ask to change the color of the room. For example, you can say, “Alexa, set the light to blue”.
Smart Security: Protecting your home just got easier with a vast array of door bells, cams, motion sensors, door locks and more! When these devices are combined with Alexa, you have security on demand. You can ask things like “Alexa, is the back door locked?” or “Alexa, is the security camera on?”
Smart Plugs: The great thing about smart plugs is that they can make all the dumb appliances in your home a whole lot smarter. In other words, you don’t necessarily have to buy a new Alexa compatible fan or lights. Simply buy a smart plug and connect to it your fan and you will be able to control it from your Alexa device. The smart plug uses your existing home WiFi network to provide wireless control of lamps, heaters, fans, televisions and much more. Smart plugs integrated with Alexa let you turn any plugged-in device on or off with just the power of your voice.
Smart Cooking and Washing: Alexa is also making its way into your kitchen. Integrated with Amazon Alexa, a smart coffee maker can make coffee for you at any time. Smart microwaves work with Alexa, and they can reheat your rice as soon as they hear “Alexa, reheat the rice”. Laundry has also become “smart”. With a smart washing machine, you can start the washing machine by saying, “Alexa, turn on the washing machine”.
Smart Robot Vacuums: Robot vacuums never get bored or distracted, and they don’t mind working every day. The Alexa integration is giving vacuum cleaning a new meaning. Say a simple voice command, and your vacuum robot goes to work cleaning your home. To start and stop your smart vacuum robot, say this: “Alexa, ask the vacuum to start cleaning” and “Alexa, ask the vacuum to stop cleaning”.
Smart Sprinkler Controllers: You can water your front lawn, flower beds, garden beds and trees with Alexa integrated water sprinklers. These sprinklers are highly efficient in areas where water supply is low. You can say things like, “Alexa, water the garden tomorrow morning at 7 am.”
Summary: Alexa supports cameras, video doorbells, thermostats, lights and more. The combinations give you more ways to control your home, whether you are there or not. You can even program certain smart devices to turn on/off when you say, “Alexa, I’m leaving” or “Alexa, I’m home”. These are just a few examples of how smart devices and Alexa are making lives easier. These days, you can accomplish everyday tasks by just saying simple commands. All of these devices are very easy to set up and use.