Amazon Alexa: A New API to Connect with Other Devices

Amazon's Alexa has introduced a new smart home API.Amazon's Alexa has introduced a new smart home API.

Amazon’s Alexa is set to expand even further with its latest effort – the “Smart Home Skill API,” which will allow it to connect with other devices.

The Alexa system has grown exponentially, proving to be a formidable contender in the smart home arena with its Echo, Tap and Dot products.

The API presents exciting new possibilities for developers to teach Alexa how to operate cloud-controlled lighting and thermostat devices, and will be able to transform Alexa into a fully-realized smart home platform.

This will open up more possibilities for builders wishing to use the Alexa system in their homes, as the new API will allow the device to integrate with popular brands such as WeMo and Philips.

The Amazon Echo.
The Amazon Echo.

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By integrating with these devices, Alexa will embrace the power of voice control, allowing users to effortlessly ask their Echo device to lower the thermostat or turn on the lights.

With the growing popularity of Alexa, home automation and voice control, the Smart Home Skill API is an effort that will surely pay dividends within this evolving industry.

And as Alexa and this API develops further, the doors it opens for whole home control and functionality are endless. Developers, integrators, builders and homeowners alike will all benefit from a platform that connects seamlessly with other automated devices in the home.

At the rate it is evolving, we’re all just watching to see what Amazon and Alexa have up their sleeves next.

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About The Author

Greg Vellante is a staff writer and multimedia specialist at TecHome Builder, as well as a content coordinator for AE Ventures events. He has over a decade of experience writing for various publications on topics that range from cinema to editorials to home technology. His favorite technologies fall into the A/V and home entertainment realm, and he’s keeping a close eye on the rising trends in robotics and virtual/augmented reality. Greg resides in Boston, holds a degree in Media Studies from Emerson College and pursues screenwriting/filmmaking in his free time.

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