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Alexa-enabled Home Security

Can the Echo really lock your doors?Do you use a virtual assistant to make your home talk back? Artificial intelligence aides have been gaining popularity in a generation where both parents work, because they need a helping hand in their domestic endeavors. The purpose of a voice-activated speaker is to fit seamlessly into your daily routine. It creates a connected home experience to ease your day-to-day activities. Amazon, the forerunner in this particular smart home technology, races ahead of its competitors by adding home security to its repertoire. 

Amazon Echo
Alexa, the Echo's app, answers questions like a real human (except she knows a lot more)! Amazon Echo supports third-party capabilities (apps referred to as "skills"). You can order pizza or an Uber, check today's weather, or set notifications for your stocks. Alexa can even pay your monthly Capital One bill. Unlike the Google Home, the Echo allows control via Bluetooth remote when you are out of range. If you find the tower overpriced, Amazon offers the Dot as an alternative. The Dot is smaller and consequently cheaper but just as powerful.

Home security systems
Are you someone who climbs into bed and then remembers you never locked the door? Fortunately for you, another home security system teamed up with Amazon this year. ADT Pulse customers can now use Echo integration to lock their doors, arm the alarm, and turn on flood lights using verbal commands. Previously, Alexa could only control the Scout home security system. With a large corporation like ADT under the Echo's umbrella, how long will it take for Alexa to invade your neighborhood?

What are your experiences with the Amazon Echo? Tell us in the comments!

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