Published On: Tue, Mar 13th, 2018

Ecobee’s new voice-powered light switch moves closer to whole-home Alexa

Alexa is already everywhere in a lot of homes, interjection to a affordability and palliate of installation/setup of a Echo Dot. But Alexa could turn even some-more seamlessly integrated into your home, if we consider about it. And Canadian intelligent home tech builder ecobee did consider about it, that is how they came adult with a ecobee Switch+.

Ecobee is substantially many famous for their connected thermostats, that are one of a strongest competitors out there for Nest. The company’s been building other products, too, however, and building closer ties with Amazon and a Alexa practical assistant. The Switch+ has a closest ties yet, given it includes Alexa Voice Service and far-field voice showing microphone arrays to essential put an Echo in your wall wherever we have a light switch handy.

The ecobee Switch+ is still a connected light switch that works like identical offerings from Belkin’s Wemo, too, and offers full harmony with Alexa, HomeKit and Assistant for remote voice control. But it goes a step serve with Alexa, behaving not usually as a connected home intelligent device, though also a authority center, too.

The Switch+ is now accessible for pre-order from ecobee and name sell partners including, unsurprisingly, Amazon, in both a U.S. and Canada for a sell cost of $99 U.S. or $119 Canadian. It should work with many customary light switches, nonetheless not 2-way switches where mixed switches control a same light or lights. In-store accessibility and shipping starts on Mar 26.

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