Integration will spread into offices too
One of the biggest products to land on our desk this year was the Amazon Echo with Alexa voice control. Voice recognition products have been around for a while, but the success of Amazon’s sleek, compact product has renewed hopes in how capable this technology can be in the home and at work. Evidence shows that we’re becoming more comfortable with voice control. Cloud-based speech recognition has made the service a lot more reliable and mobile, with self-learning intelligence that stores your preferences as you go.
Alexa can now be integrated seamlessly with the Control4 whole home automation system to significantly expand its potential in the home. Homeowners with the Control4 system can already control everything from light and heating settings to entertainment and security by using tablets, smartphones and mounted touchscreen panels. Alexa now enables the process to be controlled by a voice, which is the next step up in home convenience – and coolness.