Recently, I had the good fortune to win a new Echo Show at one of our supplier events. Amazon integrated its cloud-based voice connectivity, aka Alexa, with the added feature of a hands-free, on-demand video interface. I was eager to get it home and set up. Luckily, a lot of the applications I use daily and devices I already have are already compatible with Alexa so I was able to put it through its paces right out of the box. So far, I am able to:
- Integrate my Microsoft Office Exchange email calendar so I can view my upcoming schedule on the Echo Show screen freeing up space on my desktop monitors.
- Enjoy better sound in my home office via my new voice controlled Sonos wireless speaker.
- View my Arlo wireless cameras at another location.
- Control my home office lights simply by saying “Alexa, light on” or “Alexa, Light off”.
- Adjust my Nest Thermostat and the thermostat downstairs.
I will keep you posted on new apps that I start to use.
In a future blog, I will talk about how I am using a Google Mini connected to Google Audio Cast that is then connected to a 12 zone whole house audio. A less expensive version of Sonos that can control multiple pairs of speakers.
John Hagan is President of TeleData Select, a Telecommunications Consultant located in Atlanta, Ga serving customers throughout the US and overseas. His company provides business solutions for voice, data, mobile and cloud solutions for both large and small businesses. Contact John or their team for a complimentary telecom audit to make sure you’re getting the best value for communication services. The savings you receive could offset the cost of purchasing a new Hosted or Premise VoIP phone system.