Amazon.com, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:AMZN) Bluetooth speaker, Amazon Echo, can now control Nest thermostats to change house temperatures with Alexa’s help. The company’s hands-free device has been trending well since its release, letting users perform a range of activities simply through voice-commands.
Users can now control their home temperature simply by activating “Alexa” and ordering her to take the required measures. Echo-owners can link their Nest thermostats to the Echo speaker through the Alexa app. If Alexa receives a vague order, temperature settings will automatically be adjusted by two degrees.
Since users could already use the Bluetooth speaker to control their home smart-lights or playback music from the cloud platform, the addition of the new feature sheds light on Amazon’s effort to arm Alexa with a wider range of capabilities and promote a smart-home culture.
The retail giant hinted at support for voice-commands to control these thermostats following the debut of its Echo-inspired speakers, Tap and Dot. Through this integration, Echo is stepping up to gradually compete with other rival digital assistants such as Apple Inc.’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) Siri. Considering that the trend of using digital assistants to navigate smart-home appliances is becoming increasingly popular, this move will be appreciated by Echo owners.
Furthermore, Amazon recently revealed instructions to enable users to create their own Echo devices for just $60, possibly a subtle attempt to ensure that all individuals have the Echo speaker in their homes. Interested users can view the step-by-step tutorial on GitHub, which also mentions the required components needed to complete this project. However, one must have some background on programming and hardware technology. For those on tight budgets, having the option to create a Bluetooth speaker device under $100 with the help of Raspberry Pi, makes Amazon’s marketing strategy quite impressive.
Apart from the Echo device, Nest Thermostats can be controlled through voice commands with Tap, Echo Dot, and Fire TV. The company is still working on this project and is expected to launch it some time soon. Speculation also suggests that Amazon will continue to add more command options in the future.