Alexa, Turn on my Smart Home!

The Coldwell Banker team attended a presentation by Amazon to learn more about the latest in home automation – your voice. Through Amazon’s Alexa-enabled products, controlling your home is as easy as ‘Hello, Alexa’.

Have you met Alexa? She is a voice activated cloud service that lives inside the Amazon Echo and she’s here to help you control your smart home. Through Alexa the Amazon Echo, Amazon Dot and Amazon Tap can control everything from your music, to your lights to the temperature in your smart home – all without you having to move off the couch. She’s completely controlled by voice, and does exactly what you’ve asked, unlike some of the other people who live in your house! You can see exactly what Alexa can do here.

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The devices fit right in to your home. They are sleek and require no wires or installation. All you need is an internet connection and you can customize Alexa to work with a number of apps. Alexa can play music on Spotify, read you the latest news on NPR News app, and she’s even connected to your Amazon account. In the laundry room and realize you’re out of detergent? Don’t fret, just tell Alexa and she’ll make sure your favorite brand is delivered to your door. Alexa is also compatible with smart home apps that control components of your home such as Phillips Hue, wemo and Samsung SmartThings, to name a few.

But that’s not even the most exciting thing about Alexa. Her best characteristic is that she’s a quick learner! The technology is very intuitive – Alexa is learning new skills at quite an impressive pace.

Last month, the Coldwell Banker team attended a special presentation from Amazon about the future of Alexa. The Amazon skills platform is now open to all sorts of companies, meaning that Alexa will be able to do even more, even sooner. A skill could be anything from requesting an Uber to ordering a pizza or changing the color of the lighting in your room, all without you lifting a finger – all you need to do is ask Alexa!

Senior Manager, Public Relations for Coldwell Banker. Grew up in south Florida as an avid Seminole fan and attended college in the mountains of North Carolina. Athena wanted to wake up in that city that doesn’t sleep so headed to Madison Avenue to start her marketing career. Athena has been with this awesome brand for more than 15 years and can be found generating buzz about CB in every way possible. The one area of her job she loves the most is overseeing the Coldwell Banker Homes for Dogs Project in partnership with Adopt-a-Pet.com where hundreds of thousands of dogs have now found their fur-ever home. In her spare time, you can find her either digging up a new area in her yard for another flower bed or planning her next travel adventure. She resides with the Bukowski of our generation (AKA her husband) along with her cats Jolene, Ziggy and Lucy in Atlanta, Ga.

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