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Amazon Echo and Alexa: the key to your smart-home control hub

[fa icon="calendar"] 06/09/17 09:08 by Editorial Team

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Amazon's Alexa and Echo devices can truly improve the efficiency of both your everyday and working life, operating as a wireless voice control system and speaker respectively.

The Amazon Echo speaker is not your everyday household and workplace device, as at the sound of your voice you can access any information that you may require instantaneously. Whether it is a weather report, surfing the web or compiling a list, the Amazon Echo speaker can serve you a purpose. 


The Amazon Alexa voice control system works in a similar vein and alongside the Echo device, to create an easy and efficient hub for controlling all of your home smart devices. By giving Alexa simple and clear voice commands, the voice control system can utilise the Amazon Echo dot and the two devices work in tandem to make your life run that little bit more smoothly.

 

Amazon Echo and Alexa working together as one

The way Alexa and Echo work together simultaneously has seen the two products make a lot of noise in the tech world in terms of establishing a strong smart-home control hub. Echo's far reaching microphones enable voice commandments to be made and heard to Alexa anywhere within earshot and what's more there isn't a required activation button that you need to press.

Echo and Alexa simply respond to the voice control triggers: Alexa, Echo, Amazon or Computer. This, shortly followed by the action that you want to be completed, will result in Alexa and Echo responding accordingly. It really is as simple as that!

Alexa has a much more responsive and personal feel than mobile voice control devices, such as the iPhone's Siri, which not only increases the efficiency of your smart-home control hub but also can see you relying less on you mobile phone. In a world where so much information and data is ingested and disseminated via mobile devices, reducing your time staring at a screen can only be a positive thing. Even so, it will definitely save you some valuable battery life!

 

A smart-home control hub

In terms of operating the Echo speaker as a multi purpose device, if it is music you are preoccupied with, there are certainly other cheaper options which can produce better sound for less money. However, Echo is unique, in that it not only works as a speaker alone, but alongside Alexa, this smart-home control hub aspect can really save you a lot of time and energy and so sacrificing sound quality is perhaps justified. 

Alexa, on the other hand, is one of the most straight forward and easy to interact with devices on the market. Alexa is extremely responsive and you rarely have to repeat a command twice. Much of the success in building such an easily accessible voice control system comes through the seven microphones contained within the Amazon Echo dot. In other words, Alexa is all ears and always ready to listen to your every command. 

Overall, the Alexa and Echo devices are not flawless (there are still concerns and issues in terms of maintaining privacy and the simplicity of commands they respond to). However, the smart-home control hub aspect has given the products a lot of clout and has raised a lot of excitement and interest in their industry.

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