Are you want to make a smart home hub with Alexa, then you are in the right place. I guide to some features of Alexa that help to create a smart home hub.
We’ve all seen it in the movies: as Mr. Jones wakes up in the morning the window blinds open to let some sun in before he’s even out of bed. As he gets up the coffee pot downstairs starts whirring as an espresso pours out into a glass just as he gets to the breakfast table. He opens up the refrigerator and notices he’s out of eggs, but a notification from the door says there’s a delivery for a batch of eggs that the refrigerator ordered by itself.
Yes, this is a futuristic home living in the 21st century, but while this is far from the normal kind of morning most people have, it’s not impossible. The technology is out there right now to do everything in that hypothetical scenario. It is possible to set up your home to do just that, although you’ll need some cutting edge gadgetry to do it. So how do we begin?
How To Create A Smart Home Hub With Alexa
Build the Foundation
The modern Smart Home all depends on a central unit controlling everything and letting you interface with it, usually through voice or through apps. There are many products out on the market to let you do it like Apple’s HomeKit, Google Home or Samsung’s SmartThings. They are good products, but today we are going to talk about one of the simplest and most affordable options: Amazon’s Alexa.
Alexa is a good choice because the price for entry is pretty good: you can get an Amazon Echo for around $100 straight from Amazon. But more importantly, it lets you interface with a huge array of smart home gadgets through natural language. It’s like talking to your lights and telling them to turn on, and they turn on.
You can grab an Amazon Echo (2nd Generation) or an Echo Show, and that opens up tons of possibilities with a lot of supported devices that you can get to augment your home. From the two, the Echo Show is probably the better choice as it also provides a display you can use to check the status of your gadgets.
What Else Can I Do?
There is a whole wealth of applications and gadgets to turn your home into a futuristic one. The list of things you can automate and control with Alexa fall into the following categories:
- Door locks
- Garage doors
- Security systems
- Kitchen appliances
- Vacuum cleaners
- PCs and Consoles
- Network and WiFi components
- Ventilation systems
Amazon has a list of compatible products with their Alexa system. There are a lot of options and if you find that overwhelming, it’s best to start with a few products in areas that you will matter the most to you. Popular categories for smart home products that are easy and can be appreciated by most people are lighting, kitchen products, vacuums, and televisions.
If you still find it a little too much to take in, you can check out a curated list of products that really contribute to the Smart Home experience. Once you have Alexa set up in your home, it’s a great building block you can use to start upgrading your home experience one step at a time. It’s easy to go overboard, but it all starts from there.
At the End of the Day
Remember that a smart home device is there to make your life easier and better. If you are buying products that just make your life more complicated or more difficult, it defeats the purpose. Let the technology serve you, but don’t be enslaved by the technology. That’s just setting yourself up for disappointment. Keep your expectations in check but know that many of these products can really make a difference in the quality of your for you and your family.
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