From Smart­phone To Smart Home

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You may al­ready have a phone that can do just about ev­ery­thing… well home ap­pli­ances are about to fol­low suit! And as Ama­zon launch a whole new range of Echo de­vices, Alexa is soon to be ev­ery­where. Echo Ba­sics Mi­crowave You can start cook­ing by sim­ple voice com­mands such as “Alexa, mi­crowave a potato” and “Alexa, re­heat my cup of cof­fee”. Echo Auto Talk to Alexa while you drive, call other Echo de­vice own­ers, lis­ten to Au­di­ble books, check traf­fic up­dates and even set rou­tines so when you ar­rive home, the lights go on. Echo Wall Clock Can ask Alexa to set mul­ti­ple timers which count down across the clock in a dig­i­tal dis­play of lights. Ring Video Door­bell 2: £169, Curry’s The video bell at­taches to your door and when some­one rings the bell, it no­ti­fies your phone in­stantly and you can speak to who­ever’s there di­rectly. LG Smart Re­frig­er­a­tor: £1,799.00, Curry’s You no longer have to keep a close eye on your fridge’s con­tents. Now, you can knock on the fridge door and it will dis­play what’s in­side and tell you what’s low or send a snap­shot to your phone while you shop. The fridge even keeps an eye on ex­piry dates. NEST Ther­mo­stat: £209, Curry’s The learn­ing ther­mo­stat… which, of course works through Alexa, your phone and other smart de­vices. It con­nects to your boiler and au­to­mat­i­cally con­trols heat­ing and hot wa­ter by pre-set­tings or ac­tu­ally learn­ing your rou­tine.

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