"Alexa, turn on the lights." "Alexa, turn off the alarm system." "Alexa, turn on the TV." If you have smart-home devices, Alexa is the missing piece to make them easy to use. Thanks to Amazon’s virtual assistant, you can just say what you want the devices in your home to do. It feels a bit like magic. Here are the best smart-home skills for Alexa.
There's no simpler demonstration of the power of Alexa combined with smart-home devices than turning on the lights with your voice. You'll need a connected light or outlet device, and skills are available for Wemo, Philips Hue, Lutron and other smart-home platforms.
Banish your TV remotes to the closet. If you've have a Logitech Harmony Remote, such as the Harmony Elite, then you have the key to a number of smart-home controls. You can use it and Alexa to turn on the TV, go straight to an app or channel and more.
In addition to having its own line of smart devices, SmartThings is a hub for your connected home: it plays well with Philips Hue, Leviton products, Schlage locks and more. So even if there's not an Alexa skill for your specific smart device, the SmartThings skill may let you control it anyway.
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JuiceBox turns standard electrical outlets into fast-chargers for electric cars. With this skill, Alexa can tell you how much of a charge your car has any time you ask. JuiceBox works with any electric vehicle.