Amazon Echo Can Now Control Your Smart Home

TechCrunch

Amazon Echo, the company’s $200 connected speaker which serves as a virtual assistant of sorts offering to play music, answer questions, and, of course, shop by voice, will now work to control the lights and other appliances in your home, too. Amazon announced today, by way of an email to current customers, that Echo has been updated to support a variety of connected devices from companies including WeMo and Hue.

Initially, Echo will support WeMo’s Switch, Insight Switch, and Light Switch and Hue’s A19, Lux, BR30, Bloom, and LightStrip lights, the email advised. But these are likely only the first of more product integrations yet to come, as Amazon tries to position Echo as more than an always-on assistant, but also an interface to the “connected home.”

The Echo, for those that missed it the first time around, is a cylindrical device with seven microphones…

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