A few weeks back, e-commerce giant Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN) has released a separate SDK for its voice controlled speaker, Echo. Echo is not only a voice controlled speaker, but also it acts as a unique voice command based personal assistant. After the release of the SDK, which consists of a set of predefined functions as well as a blueprint for the programmer – who can program his own code for the Echo, Samsung SmartThings has made an announcement that the company adds support for the Amazon’s product.
SmartThings announced the information regarding the support for Amazon’s Echo on its official blog post, and the integration between the two main things be globally announced, just few weeks before the launch of next-generation SmartThings’ Hub. Currently, SmartThings Hub is available for preorder, and the company announced that, the support for the Amazon’s Hub is provided for both the old one and upcoming one.
In Amazon Website, the company has mentioned as,
Amazon Echo is designed around your voice. It’s hands-free and always on. With seven microphones and beam-forming technology, Echo can hear you from across the room—even while music is playing. Echo is also an expertly tuned speaker that can fill any room with immersive sound. Echo connects to Alexa, a cloud-based voice service, to provide information, answer questions, play music, read the news, check sports scores or the weather, and more—instantly. All you have to do is ask. Echo begins working as soon as it detects the wake word. You can pick Alexa or Amazon as your wake word.
The announcement and integration of both the technologies, brings out lots of benefits for both the companies. For instance, after successful integration, the brand value of SmartThings might increase, and it will boost up its sales in smart-home devices. For Amazon, the credibility for the Echo device will be increased, and they might claim that, the product supported by a number of other products.
Similar to Google Now, Amazon Echo is activated by a voice based command and they are integrated as well as controlled by an artificial intelligence named Alexa. Echo is capable of streaming video, music and also has a capable of answering small questions. In starting of this year, the company announced that its Echo device will support series of other products such as WeMo Switches by Belkin, Philips Hue connected LEDs and other top notch products. By asking the artificial intelligence, these products can be easily turned on and turned off, using simple voice commands.
Now, Alexa will take care of all products which are already linked with the user’s SmartThings Hub compatible products. The collaboration of SmartThings Hub and Amazon Echo will offer a series of solution for those people, who were already searching for several home automation related problems in their life. For instance, Echo will help the users to dim their smartbulbs with the help of a voice command, to an exact level of brightness.
In the meanwhile, if you have both Amazon Echo and SmartThings Hub in your home, then you can start connecting those devices, by simply following these steps.