Hotels are getting smarter and more hi-tech in this day and age, what with certain hotels choosing to equip their rooms with smart locks that can be unlocked via smartphones, or like the Wynn Las Vegas which has equipped its rooms with Amazon Echo devices. Now it seems that Marriott is also considering voice assistants for its rooms, and are trying to decide between Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa.
I am getting winks and nods from everywhere about Alexa and Sonos, now that I have an Echo Dot and you know about it. Let me dampen your enthusiasm. And get you all fired up at the same time.
What if you mashed together an Echo with your desk lamp?
Amazon’s AI assistant can fire up HBO, close the shades and dim the lights, all in one go.
Alexa now (officially) works with Logitech’s Harmony Hub, meaning it’s a lot easier to get voice control over your home entertainment and automation devices. After you enable the Alexa skill on an Amazon Echo, Dot or other supported device, you’ll be able to start and stop Harmony Activities, change channels and control devices using the AI assistant. Simple commands include “Alexa, turn on Netflix,” or “Alexa, turn on my TV.”
Apple is refreshing the operating systems of all of its hardware platforms, bringing its Siri voice assistant to Macs, and — following in the footsteps of Amazon’s Alexa — enabling Siri access to third-party apps on mobile devices.
RENO, Nev., May 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Securifi, creator of the world’s first touchscreen wireless router, today announced its most comprehensive router to date – the Almond 3 Smart Home Wi-Fi System – is available for pre-order on Securifi.com and Amazon.
The IMCO CoWatch is launching on Indiegogo and has slated June for delivery to early campaign backers.
Now Lutron’s Caseta Wireless lighting system is ready to be told what to do.
Lutron joins Philips Hue, WeMo, Nest, Insteon and Samsung’s Smart Things with Alexa support. Users can add Lutron devices via the Alexa app.