Inviting Alexa into your home accomplishes more than gaining the ability to say, “Alexa, play the new Ed Sheeran album on repeat” or “Alexa, when is Ed Sheeran coming to Minneapolis?” The Amazon Echo integrates with a wide variety of Alexa compatible devices that, altogether, transform your house into a smart home. With Alexa smart home solutions, you can adjust the thermostat, dim the lights, lock the doors, or turn on the fan—all without getting up from the couch.
Here is just a sampling of the compatible devices that work to create an Alexa smart home.
Alexa Compatible Devices for Smart Homes
Before you can start creating your Alexa smart home, you need Alexa. Alexa comes in the form of Amazon Echo, a hands-free smart hub with immersive omnidirectional audio that can hear you from across the room, answers questions of all kinds using Alexa Voice Service, and controls home systems with Alexa compatible devices. Alexa is also available as an Amazon Echo Dot and Amazon Tap.
To impress a date by saying, “Alexa, dim the lights,” to set the mood, you need Alexa compatible lightbulbs. The Philips Hue starter kit comes with three lightbulbs and one bridge, which allows you to control the lights from your smartphone using the Philips Hue app. With Philip Hue lights, you can control light settings with your voice, add color, play with lighting effects like disco, and sync lighting to music. Philips Hue is also compatible with Nest.
With the WeMo Switch smart plug, you can control appliances from anywhere using your voice or the WeMo app on your phone. Don’t want to lift your nose out of the great book you’re reading to turn on the lamp when it gets too dark to see? Just say, “Alexa, turn on the lamp.” Accidentally leave a lamp on when you leave in the morning? Use the WeMo app to turn it off remotely from your desk at work. WeMo Switch also integrates with Nest to learn your schedules and habits.]
Schlage Connect allows you to manage your home security from anywhere. With a sophisticated security system and built-in alarm technology, Schlage Connect gives you an unprecedented level of control. Need to let the housekeeper in while you’re at work? You can unlock your front door from an app on your phone. Expecting company but don’t want to miss a moment of the big game to go let them in? Just tell Alexa to unlock the door. By going keyless with the Schlage touchscreen, you never have to worry about security liabilities again. Increase the power of Schlage Connect by combining with other Alexa compatible devices.