With Alexa’s ever-increasing popularity, new Alexa-enabled products deliver almost daily. Some are duds – some are interesting and valuable. When new and interesting products are available, we take a look at new and important Alexa add-on hardware you might want to consider adding to your Alexa device farm.
Alexa is available for Amazon devices Echo, Echo 2, Dot, Tap, Echo Spot, Echo Plus, Echo Show, Echo Look, Echo Connect, Dash Wand, Amazon Cloud Cam, Fire tablets, and Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV Edition TVs, in the Music app, but also on iOS, Android, and the web with Reverb.ai.
Description: Why clutter your home with multiple devices for various functions, when the Toshiba Symbio Smart Home Solution does everything you want—all from a single device and controlled by a single app? And with the simple, single-view application with expandable capabilities you’ll enjoy total control over your smart home today and tomorrow.
- The world’s first all-in-one smart home solution with 6 functions in one easy-to-use device. Compatible with any iOS or Android device
- It’s a wireless security camera that is Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-enabled so you can keep an eye on your home environment. Not only that, it’s a smart sound detector so you can listen in on what matters most, plus get alerts from legacy devices
- It’s a smart speaker so you can enjoy music, audiobooks and more, anytime, anywhere. Not only that, it’s an intercom so you can communicate to Symbio from anywhere
- It’s voice-controlled with Amazon Alexa so you can ask questions, control your entertainment, get reminders and more
- It’s a smart home hub so you can control your home with a single app
Real world use: I knew it wouldn’t be long before manufacturers started consolidating devices into single devices, using Alexa as the engine to control all the features. Toshiba’s entry combines a security camera, a smart speaker, a smart sound detector, an intercom, and a smart home hub. Not quite everything but the kitchen sink (Onkyo makes a very similar one that also has a wide-angle lens and temperature, Audio, motion, light, and humidity sensors), but its getting close. The ability to combine a bunch of functions and still have full Alexa capability is appealing, but combining gadgets comes at a price. The Toshiba devices sits at around $250. At first glance, that’s a huge chunk of money, but when you sit down and consider how much each of those functions cost on their own, its pretty cost conscious.
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