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Alexa the Virtual-Assistant: 5 Benefits of Controlling Your Home With Voice

Technology continues to advance in a way that exceeds our expectations. In the case of voice control technology, it has evolved to offer a personalized and more convenient experience for consumers. In 2018, more people are automating their homes with these technologies that have become a part of consumers lifestyle.

Lighting, entertainment, energy, and security: consumers are getting used to the idea of voice control as the new interface to experience technology. In fact, 72% of people who own voice-activated speakers say that their devices are often used as part of their daily routine. Consumers continue to warm-up to the idea of voice control because it offers a new human experience with technology, which is why 41% of people who own a voice-activated speaker says it feels like talking to a friend or another person.

Alexa, a virtual assistant developed by Amazon, has been making waves recently as it has become a front-runner in voice control. Alexa is conveniently available on tens of millions of devices and offers a natural voice experience that allows users to have an organic and engaging experience with everyday technology. For this reason, we’re going to provide you with 5 benefits of using Alexa for voice control in your home.

1. Customizable Experience

In more recent years, consumers have been seeking more personalized interactions with their technology, and Alexa certainly lives up to that. Users who are looking for a unique and personalized approach to their technology will enjoy the benefits of Alexa as this virtual-assistant is fully customizable giving you the most human experience possible. Alexa promises a fully immersive experience that allows users to train Alexa to recognize their voice. Additionally, users can set up custom commands to have multiple actions take place at one time.

Taking advantage of Alexa’s many customizations allows users to maximize their time. Actions such as light dimming, locking doors, and machine starting are just some of the things that users can experience with their customized Alexa. Essentially, these customizable features make life easier and give you a whole new enjoyment to your home.

2. Entertainment

Woman on phones using voice control on home automation device, Alexa, to listen to music

A woman uses Alexa to listen to music while on her phone.

Whether you’re having guests over or enjoying time with your family, Alexa can certainly help you have a good time. Alexa is an all-in-one virtual assistant prepared to handle all need of the home and when it comes to entertainment, this virtual-assistant does not fall short. Alexa can start up numerous games for you and your company to enjoy. Alexa can play games such as Tic-Tac-Toe, Rock Paper Scissors, Bingo, and Blackjack.

Additionally, if you have an Xbox One, Alexa can toggle your controller on and off thanks to Xbox Skill, providing you with an easy-to-use gaming experience. Aside from gaming, Alexa can control your TV’s and sound systems by turning the TV on and off, switching channels, and changing the volume all by using your voice.

If that’s not enough, Alexa allows you to stream music throughout your home. Are you cleaning and want to listen to music? Or are you preparing for a gathering? Either way, you can ask Alexa to pause, skip, resume, and control volume with the help of voice control through Alexa. If you have multiple Alexa devices, you can play any song you want and when you want at the same time throughout your home.

3. Security

Security is a top priority for every homeowner. With that said, Alexa makes it that much easier for homeowners to confidently secure their home. If your home has smart door locks, you can use voice control with Alexa to lock your doors and garage. Similarly, if your home is equipped with a smart alarm system, you can use Alexa to set your alarm. It’s important to note that Alexa cannot unlock doors for security purposes.

Alexa has received some new upgrades as of recently that has made it even more appealing to users for security purposes. Alexa Guard, Alexa Hunches, Away lighting, and Doorbell Chime have all been included in this update.

  • Alexa Guard: With this new feature, Alexa can listen for noises that indicate danger such as glass breaking, smoke, or a carbon monoxide alarm going off. If Alexa detects something alarming, she will send it directly to your phone with a clip of the noise for you to review. Since Alexa is integrated with Ring and ADT services, you can forward the recording to your provider’s dispatch center.
  • Alexa Hunches: With this feature, Alexa attempts to mimic a human’s hunch that something doesn’t feel quite right. For instance, if you tell Alexa “Goodnight” but you didn’t turn off one of your lights, Alexa will automatically turn them off for you.
  • Away Lighting: With Away Lighting, Alexa will intermittently turn your lights on and off when you’re away to make it appear as if someone as home. This can potentially deter intruders.
  • Doorbell Chime: If someone is ringing your doorbell, you will hear a chime on all of your devices alerting you that someone is at the door.

4. Lighting

Thanks to smart LED bulbs that come equipped with WiFi, Alexa can easily connect to your lights to turn your lights on and off. With Alexa at the heart of your home, you can conveniently control lighting in your home. If you’re not interested in purchasing new bulbs, you can purchase dimmers and switches that are compatible with Alexa to control lighting. Homeowners can set up single command groups that can control multiple lights in the home.

5. Energy

If you have a smart thermostat, you can use Alexa to control the temperature in your home to ensure that your home remains a comfortable place to dwell. In fact, some Alexa-compatible thermostats can link with multiple room sensors so that you can improve room temperature consistency throughout the home.

Learn More About Home Automation with Alexa

Amazon’s Alexa is redefining what home feels like. More homeowners are realizing that technologies such as Alexa are more than just tech but is a necessity for a completely immersive home experience. In 2018, voice control is here to stay and is continuing to integrate our everyday lives.

At 1TouchHome, we are dedicated to automating homes to help homeowners get the most out of their experience. If you have any questions about controlling your home with voice or want to know more about how we can help your business, contact us today.