What can Alexa-enabled products do?
Voice technologies have been earmarked as the next evolution in modern communications. Voice recognition software has been around for a while, first on clunky PCs before moving wisely into the smartphone market. To capitalise on this growth market in the tech sector, companies like Amazon and Google have released forward-thinking products like the Echo with a built-in AI assistant, Alexa to provide immediate convenience. Early voice recognition products were met with scepticism, but they are now being hailed as the next big interface for integrated smart homes.
Alexa-enabled products seamlessly fit into today’s smart home ecosphere. According to a recent survey by Experian and Creative Strategies, which interviewed around 1,300 smartphone owners who had used popular voice-recognition assistants, 51% of Echo owners have their device in the kitchen; the next most popular location was the living room.
Amazon Echo is marketed first and foremost as a music player, but Alexa voice command capabilities can do so much more. Alexa Amazon devices can now seamlessly integrate with Control4 thanks to a recent OS2.9 update – which is pretty exciting! The launch of Alexa for Control4 whole-home automation software has been welcomed by existing and new customers. It is one of the first home automation companies to combine smart home scenes with convenient far-field voice recognition.
The combination means that your Control4 system, which already controls the whole home with remotes, touch panels and apps, can now be voice activated. Coordinating household devices to create pre-set scenes, ambience and convenience is already made simple with Control4. Now, users can use commands such as “Cooking” to set an ideal environment. This includes adjusting lights and lamps, tuning on your favourite TV show and setting a perfect temperature – all with a single voice command. The integration enhances user experience and extends Alexa’s abilities to every corner of a Control4 smart home.