Amazon's Echo is red hot these days.
And while it's fun to ask "Alexa" for weather and music, it can really do a lot more that most people don't yet know about.
Reviewed.com, in a new report, says the Echo can make your life a lot easier, If you buy some accessories.
It suggests trying out the Philips Hue lighting kit (on display in most Best Buy stores) which allows you to adjust the lights in your home with your voice. You can even dim them and change the colors
The report also suggests considering the Nest smart thermostat, or the new Ecobee. Both let you control your heat or A/C with just your voice.
You can voice control your DIY alarm system from Alarm.com.
Speaking of home security, you may also want to look for Echo compatible smart locks, that will unlock doors when they recognize the voice of a member of your family (or lock them out if you program it that way).
And yes, the Roomba vacuum is now Echo compatible, so you can now kick back on the couch, and tell your vacuum to get to work.
And since Echo is an Amazon product, you can control what you are watching on TV through it if you have the Amazon Fire Stick.
What if it stops working?
But from the doesn’t that stink file, what happens if your Echo starts turning into Hal the computer from 2001.
No one is reporting Alexa running amok like Hal yet.
But the website Joy of Android.com is hearing reports of microphone and speaker failures with some units. It says make sure you hold on to your Echo receipt for the first year of ownership.
However, Joy of Android says turning Echo on and off often fixes speaker problems.
If that still doesn't work, that's our final secret: the report says you can bluetooth your Echo to an external speaker, and it will then work fine.
Look for even more and more uses for Echo and similar devices in the coming months, as more home items link into it, to save you time and so you don't waste your money.
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