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iDevices Smart Home Gadgets Welcome Amazon Alexa Compatibility

iDevices Enables Amazon Alexa Compatibility

Smart home product company iDevices announced on Monday (July 11) that its connected home gadgets and app are compatible with Amazon Alexa.

The iDevices HomeKit product line will now integrate with the Alexa-enabled products, the Amazon Echo, Dot and Tap.

“When we launched our first HomeKit product, we designed our unique software architecture to allow us to expand compatibility to new devices and platforms as the smart home ecosystem evolved,” Chris Allen, iDevices CEO, said in a press release.

“Now, we want to show people that the smart home is not a thing of the future; it’s here today. Most of all, we want to make it simple to adopt by connecting all of our users’ smart products, whether they are HomeKit- or Alexa-enabled,” Allen added.

IDevices’ suite of hardware and app will enable users to control any HomeKit-compatible products, including third-party devices, without the use of a hub or paying a subscription fee.

Amazon Alexa-enabled devices will now act as another control point for installed iDevices hardware.

Amazon revealed last week that Alexa has now learned more than 1,400 skills, everything from ordering Ubers to helping you organize a new playlist for the gym.

Now, you can add another skill to Alexa’s exponentially growing list: The virtual assistant can now be used to orders millions of items from Amazon itself, anything from batteries to deodorant, according to CNET.

Previously, Alexa was limited to reordering items a user had already purchased from Amazon through a service called Amazon Choice, but now, those restrictions are off and Alexa can pretty much order you anything on the site, provided the item is Prime-eligible for shipping (more items are being added to the list everyday).


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