Amazon Echo Alternatives
Amazon Echo or Alexa if you know her by name is great, but it’s not the only virtual home assistant on the market anymore. The Amazon Echo is a really cool product: it’s a voice-controlled smarthome controller that lets you activate and manage your smarthome devices just by talking to it.
Lenovo Echo alternative
If you’re interested in picking up a different assistant, check out the alternatives below.
Although it’s still in the pre order phase, the ivee smarthome controller and wireless speaker definitely looks to be one of the best options out there. As you’d expect, it operates as a wireless Bluetooth speaker, as well. You can stream music through an app of your choosing, or you can tap into Spotify which is built-in.
Another device that hasn’t hit the market yet is Cubic; its pre-release reviews have been fairly positive, though, and Cubic Robotics, the company behind the system, has shown some pretty cool capabilities. I’m definitely looking forward to getting my hands on one of these. The mobile app can do even more than that. You can control smart home devices remotely while you’re away from home.
The Homey’s open platform makes it one of the most customizable smarthome controllers out there and the fact that it can communicate via wifi, Bluetooth, Zigbee, Z-Wave, infrared, and NFC makes it even more so. With natural language processing support, Homey will carry out any action you ask it to and you can just speak normal while doing so.
Triby Kitchen Speaker
Invoxia’s Triby kitchen speaker is one of the first non-Amazon branded devices to tap into their virtual assistant API. In short, the Triby speaker will act just like the Amazon Echo, and you can call upon Alexa for help. Because the Triby’s integrated Alexa support is nearly identical to that of the Amazon Echo, we’ll focus on the unique features it offers instead.
CastleOS is a smarthome-focused operating system that works with many existing smarthome devices, including big names like Nest, Insteon, Sonos, WeMo, Hue, GE, Ecobee, Kwikset, Yale, and Enerwave. The team behind CastleOS created the CastleHub to take advantage of the power of the operating system to run your entire house with voice commands.
In a space that’s quickly becoming crowded, Mycroft sets itself apart from other smarthome voice controllers by basing its hardware on the Raspberry Pi and Arduino single-board computers. And because of the huge community based around both of these computers, it’s safe to say that Mycroft will likely be very popular and highly customized by a lot of at-home hackers.
The recently announced Google Home smart home device aka speaker is aimed to take on the Amazon Echo, which is a fact even Google acknowledged at the launch event. We don’t know much about the price, specs, or release date just yet. But, we do know what it’s going to be capable of. The bottom or base is nothing more than a cover that can be changed out at will to interject some color and style. It also has four LEDs on the top that will ping alerts, notifications, and more.
The Home Automated Living (HAL) system is unique in this list in that it doesn’t have a hardware component: it runs solely from your computer. After installing the HAL software, you can use voice control to interact with your smarthome devices, including lights, thermostats, appliances, sensors, and security devices.
Apple HomeKit and Siri
Apple’s HomeKit technology allows you to easily control compatible devices with your iPhone, making your phone the unifying factor that makes your smarthome devices work together. And while the list of compatible devices isn’t huge, it does contain some of the big names in the business. One of the best things about HomeKit is that it lets you use Siri’s voice commands to control those devices, from lights to locks to smart bridges and CO2 detectors.
With Sonos’s experience in making speakers, it’s a safe bet that the Play:1 will sound a lot better than the other options out there. If you’re looking for a wireless speaker that you can stream music to, but you don’t care about the ability to control your entire house with it, the Sonos Play:1 is your speaker.
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Amazon Echo vs Amazon Tap
The Amazon Tap is much smaller when compared to the Echo, and cheaper at $129.99. It’s a portable smart home speaker that’s meant to be carried around with you, as opposed to the Echo which is meant to stay at home. Everything else is nearly identical to the Echo, aside from the overall design of the Amazon Tap.
Amazon Echo vs Amazon Echo Dot
The Echo Dot does not include high-quality speakers like its predecessor, but it does have basic speakers. This is because it’s not designed to be a Bluetooth speaker like the Echo. You’re meant to use the Echo Dot to interact with Alexa, the digital assistant.
Lenovo’s Smart Assistant Is An Amazon Echo Alternative
The list of devices that incorporate Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa has grown. Lenovo unveiled a new smart home appliance on Tuesday called the Lenovo Smart Assistant that uses Alexa to field spoken commands to turn on the lights, play music, and create to-do lists. The new device adds to the growing number of household hubs that already includes Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home.