Voice Control

Why we love it

Amazon was one of the first companies to offer a voice-based product that worked well. While the Echo Dot with Alexa can do a whole bunch of things on its own (especially if you have an Amazon Prime account), like play music, tell jokes, read Audible books and read the news, it’s when you pair it with a hub and other smart home products that it really becomes a useful and foundational tool within your home.

Our favorite use for it is to control lighting in a home. Especially if you are a visitor in an unfamiliar space, acquainting yourself with the various light switches around the house can take time and can be frustrating when you just want to relax. By using simple commands like “downstairs on” or “bedroom 30%” a guest can intuitively control the room from anywhere, without a lot of fiddling.

And of course it also works out great when you’re already in bed and realize you forgot to turn the downstairs lights off, or forgot to lock the door!

Check out our Smart Home page for suggested smart home products to pair it with.

From Amazon:

  • Meet Echo Dot – Our most popular smart speaker with a fabric design. It is our most compact smart speaker that fits perfectly into small spaces.
  • Improved speaker quality – Better speaker quality than Echo Dot Gen 2 for richer and louder sound. Pair with a second Echo Dot for stereo sound.
  • Voice control your music – Stream songs from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Sirius XM, and others.
  • Ready to help – Ask Alexa to play music, answer questions, read the news, check the weather, set alarms, control compatible smart home devices, and more.
  • Voice control your smart home – Turn on lights, adjust thermostats, lock doors, and more with compatible connected devices.
  • Connect with others – Call almost anyone hands-free. Instantly drop in on other rooms in your home or make an announcement to every room with a compatible Echo device.
  • Alexa has skills – With tens of thousands of skills and counting, Alexa is always getting smarter and adding new skills like tracking fitness, playing games, and more.
  • Designed to protect your privacy – Built with multiple layers of privacy protections and controls, including a microphone off button that electronically disconnects the microphones.

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