Amazon Echo - Skills - WeMo Ignite Switch
The newest toy in the sanders house hold is the Amazon Echo. The product is still in its infant stages however it is on a path to replace several household gadgets or at least certain features of them.
In this series, “Alexa, can you please”, I will chronicle my exploration of all the ways Alexa is helping out around the house or providing a little entertainment.
Skill: WeMo Ignite Switch
Helping Out around the house: Yes
Since purchasing our condo, I have had a goal of being able to control everything in it from my phone.
I started this quest with the Nest Thermostat. I couldn't wait, I purchased the device before we even closed on the house and had it installed (with help from my father) on day 2 of being in the place.
The Chicago winters are long and COLD. Getting up from your warm spot on the couch to go to a bed with cold sheets is hard to do. So I next purchased a few WeMo Insight Switches to be able to turn on our heated blankets from the couch.
In the spirit of Christmas, I pulled one of the switches from its duty of “pre-heating" our bed and used it to enable voice control of our Christmas decorations.
Check out the video below of me asking Alexa to turn on the Christmas tree: