"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.
Need to call everyone to dinner, but don't want to yell? A feature called Alexa Announcements lets you broadcast to all Alexa devices in your home. All you have to say is "“Alexa, announce...,” “Alexa, tell everyone…” or “Alexa, broadcast…" and your pronouncement will be delivered to every compatible Echo device in your house.
When you create a Routine in the Alexa app, you can control multiple smart home devices with a single command, or have them turn on or off at a set time, or when you say a specific phrase. For example, you could say "Alexa, good morning," and have it turn on your lights, coffee maker, and adjust your thermostat. Routines can also include such things as having Alexa read you the news, weather, and play music for you, too.