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.
This week’s hardware: VPRAWLS Smart Power Strip
Description: With this wifi surge protector, you can manage computers, gaming consoles, entertainment centers or any device that can be powered off when not in use for energy savings. Monitor energy usage and costs at anytime.
- Equipped with 4 outlets and 4 USB ports with 5 ft extension cord, ideal for home office and professional workstations.
- Smart Outlets- turn on/off your lights or other household appliances with your smart phones or tablets anytime wherever you have Internet; Work as Timer Switches, Turn on/off your devices based on specific time you set on Smart Power Socket.
- ETL Listed and FCC Certificated; Built in leakage, overload protection switch, product support surge protection, effective absorption of the sudden huge energy, protect the connection equipment from damage; Supports 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network.
Real world use: There’s nothing cooler than being able to transport Alexa smart home capability between rooms. We have several of our devices that are controlled by Alexa but they are stationary to the room. With this smart power strip we can insert voice control abilities into any area of the house quickly. And, each power outlet (4 of them) works independently so you can, for example, insert four lights and use voice control for each of them separately. Or, use one for a light, one for the TV, and the others for whatever other function you need.
Additionally, for those Alexa-minded people in your friend or family circles, this makes an excellent gift. We gave a couple of these away as Christmas presents and they were much appreciated. For those wanting to start testing out smart home value, this is a great way to start.
Where to get the hardware: Amazon has the power strip for $30: VPRAWLS Smart Power Strip
iOS app: Jinvoo Smart
Android app: Jinvoo Smart
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