Lighting in New DC Area Homes Will Feature Amazon Voice Controls - Energy Watch News

Lighting in New DC Area Homes Will Feature Amazon Voice Controls

In another example of the property business pushing into smart lighting, home construction company Brookfield Residential said it is building smart homes in the Washington, DC area featuring voice control of lights and other things using the Alexa system from Amazon. Calgary-based Brookfield calls the new line of houses The Smart Home powered by Amazon Alexa. It will offer the hands-free automated controls “at many new communities” in the DC area including northern Virginia, allowing people to verbally boss around lights, security cameras, door locks, window blinds, lawn sprinklers, thermostats, music systems, ovens, and many other things, Brookfield said. A typical Alexa system deploys a cylindrical speaker and microphone called Echo. Alexa and Echo are cornerstone technologies in Amazon’s effort to expand the Internet of Things (IoT). Lighting companies including Philips and LIFX among others have added support for Alexa by offering apps that allow users to turn lights on and off, dim or brighten them, and create light scenes by interacting with the Echo device.

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