Echoes Of Convenience

Dated: 07/06/2016

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Here on The Shields Team blog, we've been bringing you some great innovative items for making your home a smart home. Today, we present The Amazon Echo. 

A device that ZD Net calls a "Perfect 10",  The Amazon Echo connects to the Alexa Voice Service (that works much like Siri or Google on your mobile device) to help you manage internet browsing, audio books, music and yes, control connected items in your home by a simple voice command.  The Echo has seven microphones and beam forming technology so it can hear your voice from across the room, even while music is playing, and can fill any room with 360 degree immersive sound.  

So far as systems that Echo can help you manage, you can use the device to switch on a lamp before getting out of bed, turn on the fan or space heater, dim the lights from your sofa while you watch a movie, control thermostats and more. Want to order a pizza while you're watching that movie? Simply ask Echo to order from your favorite pizzaria, and voila! The pizza guy will be at your door before the credits have a chance to roll. The Echo can be taught 'skills' that are tailored to your habits, like  local search from Yelp, movie showtimes, Samsung SmartThings support, Google Calendar, Audible audiobooks, text-to-speech for Kindle eBooks, and over 100 new skills from third-party developers. 

 At this time, the Amazon Echo works with devices like the WeMo that we reviewed recently, The Phillips Hue, SmartThings, Insteon, Nest EcoBee and Wink. Definitely worth a look! 

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Rayne Price

Holding a BS in Environmental Science, and MA in Education, real estate was not Shields Team Buyer Specialist Rayne Price's first career choice. It was only after encouragement from his wife and a cl....

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