Amazon’s Alexa-powered speaker is now an orb, which not only looks cooler, but improves audio quality. The room-filling speaker can stream music from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, SiriusXM, and more, and can control smarthome devices via voice commands. There’s also a spherical Echo Dot and a Echo Dot for kids.
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Remotely control appliances, lamps, and other plug-in items with Kasa Smart’s WiFi enabled power strip. It has three independently-controllable outlets, two always-on USB ports, and surge protection. Its app lets you remotely control and schedule outlets, and it works with Alexa and Google Assistant for voice control.
The Fingerbot is a tiny machine you can install over existing switches for lights, appliances, and other devices, bestowing them with remote-control capability. Its modular design works with a variety of button and toggle switch styles. Grab the Adaprox Bridge to add Alexa, Google Home, Siri, and other cloud-based control.
Amazon’s value-priced, compact Echo device plugs into any outlet, adding Alexa voice assistant capability unobtrusively to any room. It provides smart home control, weather, traffic, and other information, and has a built-in USB port for powering other devices or attaching a 3rd-party motion sensor or smart nightlight.
Take a trip back to the 1950s, when appliance company Westinghouse shared their vision for the “all electric” house of the future. While some of the user interfaces are incredibly dated, there are some ideas here that would find their way to homes in the 21st century – and yet others we’d still love to see.
Among the many countless TVs, smartphones, and accessories at CES 2019, Japan’s mui turned up with something different. Their smarthome interface appears to be a simple piece of wood, but it conceals LEDs and a touch panel to display useful information and control devices.
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