Vivint, a company that builds many smart home products, has announced the integration of its Vivint Sky smart home platform with Amazon’s Echo voice-enabled device. The integration makes it possible for users to control their home using voice commands.
If you are unfamiliar with Amazon’s Echo, it is a small device shaped like a cylinder that serves as a voice-enabled computer and a speaker at the same time. It is possible to ask him many things, including most factual Internet search questions such as “What is the age of ?”, “What time is it”. Users can also set alarms, play music, ask the Echo to read the news, and more.
With the Vivint integration, it will be possible to say something like “I’m going to bed”, and have the Vivint platform turn the lights off, lower the temperature, lock the doors – just to cite the obvious.
Some interaction with existing Vivint systems will become possible. For example, voice commands can set the alarm to “away” mode upon a command. It’s also possible to ask the Amazon Echo if a particular door is open, and if it is, to close it. Controlling the lights should be no problem as well.