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jobibear
Mr.No
Heat added. Echo is a life changer, we have 6 around the house which control the heating, lights, TV along with the regular functions of shopping list etc.
"Life changer" & "shopping list" in the same sentence. I'll wait until it can do stuff I can do without a pen and a switch, but it could be worth it... In 5 years or so.

This, and the other Echo thread will be full of these comments within the next 6 hours - but it highlights the essential 'issue' of the Echo/Dot integration.

If you just have an Echo and no other services - you'll get bored with it. It doesn't do much, really. Yes, nice to ask questions and handy to set alarms, but really - the voice assistant on your phone does that.

But the Echo comes into it's own as an accessory to a Smart Home - if you already posses one.
I have an Echo in the kitchen - this is used a lot for kitchen timers (you can set more than one - I had 10 going at Christmas for the Christmas dinner and trimmings), listening to Radio Player or playing music from Spotify. It's also handy for asking for conversion of Centigrade to Fahrenheit, logging when either myself or the Mrs has fed the cat, and playing the latest news whilst I'm washing up the baby bottles at night.
Move to the lounge, and the Dot in there controls my TV (I can change channels, or just get the TV/Tivo all starting up if I walk into the room with my hands full), control the heating (I have the Honeywell Evohome system which allows me to control the temperature in every room of the house) as well as connect to my soundbar via bluetooth for some further Spotify listening. Lastly, I have 2 lights that can be controlled in there too - again, handy if you walk in with hands full.
Lastly, in the bedroom. This Dot is my alarm in the morning (you can press a button to turn it off, you don't have to speak), it plays Lullabies to my 4 month old daughter when she's going off to sleep in her cot, controls the lights in the bedroom as well as the morning questions about how cold it is outside when you're getting dressed and deciding what to wear, or whether it will rain, plus radio/spotify duties on a Sunday morning, etc.

All with my voice.
Yes, I could get up and turn the light on. I could walk into each room of the house and alter the radiator. I could have a digital radio in each room and a connected media player for spotify (somehow) and also an alarm clock by my bed. I could buy a new timer for the kitchen (and another 9 for Christmas dinner) and I could just use the remote to turn the TV on 5 seconds later when I've put down whatever is in my hands. I could also have a scruffy piece of paper on the fridge for a shopping list with a pen that only works for 3 words when writing on a vertical surface. But I don't need to.

I wouldn't say it's life changing, but it is really useful. And it has replaced many devices, simplifying my gadgets.

And lest not forget the things you remote control don't have to be in the same room. I can turn the TV on and the lounge lights from the kitchen, when my 3yo asks to watch Thomas. I can also wish it a good morning, and she tells me an interesting fact about the day.

It's not for everyone. It needs to connect to some other things to be useful. But works great for me.
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The telescreen received and transmitted simultaneously. Any sound Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by it; moreover, so long as he remained within the field of vision which the metal plaque commanded, he could be seen as well as heard. There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever the wanted to. You had to live- did live, from habit that became instinct- in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinised.
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uuf361
I was given one of these as a gift - biggest waste of time going. Used it for a week, couldn't see the point or how it improved my life so it's now in a drawer.....

Can I have it then?
16 Likes
With free 50TB of online storage (at the NSA)
10 Likes
Mr.No
Heat added. Echo is a life changer, we have 6 around the house which control the heating, lights, TV along with the regular functions of shopping list etc.


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and controller?
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Heat added. Echo is a life changer, we have 6 around the house which control the heating, lights, TV along with the regular functions of shopping list etc.
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Mr.No
Heat added. Echo is a life changer, we have 6 around the house which control the heating, lights, TV along with the regular functions of shopping list etc.
"Life changer" & "shopping list" in the same sentence. I'll wait until it can do stuff I can do without a pen and a switch, but it could be worth it... In 5 years or so.
10 Likes #4
Mr.No
Heat added. Echo is a life changer, we have 6 around the house which control the heating, lights, TV along with the regular functions of shopping list etc.


bought your floating chair yet, as in wall-e
42 Likes #5
jobibear
Mr.No
Heat added. Echo is a life changer, we have 6 around the house which control the heating, lights, TV along with the regular functions of shopping list etc.
"Life changer" & "shopping list" in the same sentence. I'll wait until it can do stuff I can do without a pen and a switch, but it could be worth it... In 5 years or so.

This, and the other Echo thread will be full of these comments within the next 6 hours - but it highlights the essential 'issue' of the Echo/Dot integration.

If you just have an Echo and no other services - you'll get bored with it. It doesn't do much, really. Yes, nice to ask questions and handy to set alarms, but really - the voice assistant on your phone does that.

But the Echo comes into it's own as an accessory to a Smart Home - if you already posses one.
I have an Echo in the kitchen - this is used a lot for kitchen timers (you can set more than one - I had 10 going at Christmas for the Christmas dinner and trimmings), listening to Radio Player or playing music from Spotify. It's also handy for asking for conversion of Centigrade to Fahrenheit, logging when either myself or the Mrs has fed the cat, and playing the latest news whilst I'm washing up the baby bottles at night.
Move to the lounge, and the Dot in there controls my TV (I can change channels, or just get the TV/Tivo all starting up if I walk into the room with my hands full), control the heating (I have the Honeywell Evohome system which allows me to control the temperature in every room of the house) as well as connect to my soundbar via bluetooth for some further Spotify listening. Lastly, I have 2 lights that can be controlled in there too - again, handy if you walk in with hands full.
Lastly, in the bedroom. This Dot is my alarm in the morning (you can press a button to turn it off, you don't have to speak), it plays Lullabies to my 4 month old daughter when she's going off to sleep in her cot, controls the lights in the bedroom as well as the morning questions about how cold it is outside when you're getting dressed and deciding what to wear, or whether it will rain, plus radio/spotify duties on a Sunday morning, etc.

All with my voice.
Yes, I could get up and turn the light on. I could walk into each room of the house and alter the radiator. I could have a digital radio in each room and a connected media player for spotify (somehow) and also an alarm clock by my bed. I could buy a new timer for the kitchen (and another 9 for Christmas dinner) and I could just use the remote to turn the TV on 5 seconds later when I've put down whatever is in my hands. I could also have a scruffy piece of paper on the fridge for a shopping list with a pen that only works for 3 words when writing on a vertical surface. But I don't need to.

I wouldn't say it's life changing, but it is really useful. And it has replaced many devices, simplifying my gadgets.

And lest not forget the things you remote control don't have to be in the same room. I can turn the TV on and the lounge lights from the kitchen, when my 3yo asks to watch Thomas. I can also wish it a good morning, and she tells me an interesting fact about the day.

It's not for everyone. It needs to connect to some other things to be useful. But works great for me.
2 Likes #6
jobibear
Life changer" & "shopping list" in the same sentence. I'll wait until it can do stuff I can do without a pen and a switch, but it could be worth it... In 5 years or so.

Life changing, lying in bed switch on the heating in the en suite and the living room before getting up, dim the bedside lamps without moving. Switch off all the lights downstairs with one voice command.

Shopping list is not just a case of having a piece of paper and a pen. I don't know about you but I tend to not carry the SAME piece of paper and a pen 24 hours a day. I add things to shopping list whilst in the middle of cooking, or realising that we only have x amount of bars of soap/tubes of toothpaste remaining.

You can write a letter with a piece of paper and a pen but Microsoft have done pretty well out of MS Office.



Edited By: Mr.No on Mar 20, 2017 09:27
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The telescreen received and transmitted simultaneously. Any sound Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by it; moreover, so long as he remained within the field of vision which the metal plaque commanded, he could be seen as well as heard. There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever the wanted to. You had to live- did live, from habit that became instinct- in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinised.
#8
I have one without any lights/TV/housey stuff integrated. Its absolutely great for playing music, radio, podcasts, news and setting alarms/reminders. Music especially, just ask it to play jazz, piano music, indie acoustic nineties music or whatever, and it will play a related playlist that goes on all day. Its also handy just saying "alexa, shut up" when the phone or doorbell goes.
1 Like #9
I was given one of these as a gift - biggest waste of time going. Used it for a week, couldn't see the point or how it improved my life so it's now in a drawer.....
16 Likes #10
With free 50TB of online storage (at the NSA)
5 Likes #11
Sell evil corp your soul.
18 Likes #12
uuf361
I was given one of these as a gift - biggest waste of time going. Used it for a week, couldn't see the point or how it improved my life so it's now in a drawer.....

Can I have it then?
#13
Posted this on the Argos deal. Worth bearing in mind with Google Home probably launching in a few weeks now is not a great time to get the standalone Echo. I'd expect to see deals about the £99 mark soon and then it might be worth it again :-

I've got two Dots and they are great. I mainly use them to provide Spotify connections to decent HiFi or as a bluetooth receiver/sender. A crap bluetooth receiver costs similar and the Dot offers other bonus. I have to say I think Dot is better value then main echo if you have good HiFi or bluetooth speaker. Most reviewers say the same. Either way I wouldn't buy the main echo now google home is coming...better AI and better speaker too. The Dot is still a good buy as neither echo or home has 3.5mm out and it probably £100 ash cheaper. I've also had not issues with connection. I even shout at it from two rooms away when using to cast Spotify to bluetooth speaker in bathroom.
5 Likes #14
No doubt this and any other always on system is already passing data back to the various security agencies.

Pretty sure Google, Amazon etc are harvesting data, collecting your conversations so they can understand you better.

But hey, it can set multiple timers and turn lights on... Woo hoo!
#15
jobibear
Mr.No
Heat added. Echo is a life changer, we have 6 around the house which control the heating, lights, TV along with the regular functions of shopping list etc.
"Life changer" & "shopping list" in the same sentence. I'll wait until it can do stuff I can do without a pen and a switch, but it could be worth it... In 5 years or so.

People over-rate what it *can do*. What I find really attractive is saying "Alexa..please blues radio" and it knows what to do. No "finding the app, wait, click, wrong button". Being able to use it as a bluetooth speaker is almost seamless (annoying if walk out of room with tablet, and BT is disconnected). Whilst it can do many things, and has "skills" (synonym for 'useless app'), getting weather and some local info, news & radio, whilst using voice, is useful. The IoT stuff is just a solution looking for a problem, and in the event of power outage or Wifi router needing a reboot, then Alexa turns into a dead-weight.
#16
cantonbean
Posted this on the Argos deal. Worth bearing in mind with Google Home probably launching in a few weeks now is not a great time to get the standalone Echo. I'd expect to see deals about the £99 mark soon and then it might be worth it again :-

I've got two Dots and they are great. I mainly use them to provide Spotify connections to decent HiFi or as a bluetooth receiver/sender. A crap bluetooth receiver costs similar and the Dot offers other bonus. I have to say I think Dot is better value then main echo if you have good HiFi or bluetooth speaker. Most reviewers say the same. Either way I wouldn't buy the main echo now google home is coming...better AI and better speaker too. The Dot is still a good buy as neither echo or home has 3.5mm out and it probably £100 ash cheaper. I've also had not issues with connection. I even shout at it from two rooms away when using to cast Spotify to bluetooth speaker in bathroom.

Google Home: the product we are going to cancel in 6m time, just after we ironed out the bugs. Yeah. sure.
4 Likes #17
Every Echo thread now and forever more:

"Great. Handy. So many uses."

"ZOMG. Big brother. GCHQ. Tinfoil hats."
1 Like #18
CrispEditor
cantonbean
Posted this on the Argos deal. Worth bearing in mind with Google Home probably launching in a few weeks now is not a great time to get the standalone Echo. I'd expect to see deals about the £99 mark soon and then it might be worth it again :-
I've got two Dots and they are great. I mainly use them to provide Spotify connections to decent HiFi or as a bluetooth receiver/sender. A crap bluetooth receiver costs similar and the Dot offers other bonus. I have to say I think Dot is better value then main echo if you have good HiFi or bluetooth speaker. Most reviewers say the same. Either way I wouldn't buy the main echo now google home is coming...better AI and better speaker too. The Dot is still a good buy as neither echo or home has 3.5mm out and it probably £100 ash cheaper. I've also had not issues with connection. I even shout at it from two rooms away when using to cast Spotify to bluetooth speaker in bathroom.
Google Home: the product we are going to cancel in 6m time, just after we ironed out the bugs. Yeah. sure.

says someone who knows nothing about the fact that Google's main focus is now AI and that they will indeed use Google Home and Google Assistant to harvest data to enhance this...unlike some of the products they have launched it is not experimental and it is key to their long term strategy.

Edited By: cantonbean on Mar 20, 2017 11:15
#19
northwales
Mr.No
Heat added. Echo is a life changer, we have 6 around the house which control the heating, lights, TV along with the regular functions of shopping list etc.
bought your floating chair yet, as in wall-e
Gud 4 u.
#20
upset.brown.pant
The telescreen received and transmitted simultaneously. Any sound Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by it; moreover, so long as he remained within the field of vision which the metal plaque commanded, he could be seen as well as heard. There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever the wanted to. You had to live- did live, from habit that became instinct- in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinised.
Spot on , you're only paranoid when you think you're being watched, not when you know it, and are even prepared to pay for it.
#21
Try this thread if you're on the fence on the echo and home, they're both great!

http://www.hotukdeals.com/misc/google-home-amazon-echo-thread-2620375?p=30295530#post30300528
#22
I would always pick an Amazon service over a google one. Google have cancelled so many services I came to rely on. I think its could be called 'bait and switch'. iGoogle and Picasa to name two. Also Google has access to so much info over our lives coz of gmail and search, I would rather not give them more, so will stick with the Echo. PS I find its brilliant as a bedroom alarm clock radio.
2 Likes #23
After reading the comments, I have to wonder about how much all this smart home idea costs.

Firstly, Amazon have also dropped the price to £134.99, so no real deal from anyone else as Amazon do offer good support on returns/replacements.

Then the cost of adding receivers to replace standard sockets/plugs for house electrics. Adding smart controls for heating, maybe smart light bulbs. At the prices I see on the internet, we're talking thousands of pounds making a home that actually makes people take even less exercise.

A lovely thought if you're wealthy enough to afford these new toys, but they aren't cost effective. I seriously doubt anyone makes any savings at all from smart homes. Add in the gym membership so your waistline stays smaller rather than expand. :)
1 Like #24
Love mine. Got one of these and several dots. Got a house full of hue bulbs and the hive heating which works well, audible is great for the kids, music when cooking. Mine also controls my observatory (opens and closes roof) and robot vacuum (bodged up the remote control with a pi), looking to develop some skills next. Utterly pointless and expensive but oh so brilliant (especially if you grew up watching Star Trek TNG as a kid). Got one in the car too, speech recogntion that actually works. Would love it if you could send messages and emails though.
4 Likes #25
Am i the only one missing the point of these and everything becoming "Smart" in your home , what if your internet goes down , your whole ecosystem stops working the way you like , how easier does it actually make your life or are people really getting that lazy? My smartphone can do more than I would ever like via voice . Can't justify the price or even the purpose of these
#26
neither hot or cold. same price as argos
#27
I use both my Dots daily.
Very handy devices, that make life that little bit easier.
Looking forward to SONOS integration soon.
#28
Same price on Amazon.
3 Likes #29
AndiTails
jobibear
Mr.No
Heat added. Echo is a life changer, we have 6 around the house which control the heating, lights, TV along with the regular functions of shopping list etc.
"Life changer" & "shopping list" in the same sentence. I'll wait until it can do stuff I can do without a pen and a switch, but it could be worth it... In 5 years or so.
This, and the other Echo thread will be full of these comments within the next 6 hours - but it highlights the essential 'issue' of the Echo/Dot integration.
If you just have an Echo and no other services - you'll get bored with it. It doesn't do much, really. Yes, nice to ask questions and handy to set alarms, but really - the voice assistant on your phone does that.
But the Echo comes into it's own as an accessory to a Smart Home - if you already posses one.
I have an Echo in the kitchen - this is used a lot for kitchen timers (you can set more than one - I had 10 going at Christmas for the Christmas dinner and trimmings), listening to Radio Player or playing music from Spotify. It's also handy for asking for conversion of Centigrade to Fahrenheit, logging when either myself or the Mrs has fed the cat, and playing the latest news whilst I'm washing up the baby bottles at night.
Move to the lounge, and the Dot in there controls my TV (I can change channels, or just get the TV/Tivo all starting up if I walk into the room with my hands full), control the heating (I have the Honeywell Evohome system which allows me to control the temperature in every room of the house) as well as connect to my soundbar via bluetooth for some further Spotify listening. Lastly, I have 2 lights that can be controlled in there too - again, handy if you walk in with hands full.
Lastly, in the bedroom. This Dot is my alarm in the morning (you can press a button to turn it off, you don't have to speak), it plays Lullabies to my 4 month old daughter when she's going off to sleep in her cot, controls the lights in the bedroom as well as the morning questions about how cold it is outside when you're getting dressed and deciding what to wear, or whether it will rain, plus radio/spotify duties on a Sunday morning, etc.
All with my voice.
Yes, I could get up and turn the light on. I could walk into each room of the house and alter the radiator. I could have a digital radio in each room and a connected media player for spotify (somehow) and also an alarm clock by my bed. I could buy a new timer for the kitchen (and another 9 for Christmas dinner) and I could just use the remote to turn the TV on 5 seconds later when I've put down whatever is in my hands. I could also have a scruffy piece of paper on the fridge for a shopping list with a pen that only works for 3 words when writing on a vertical surface. But I don't need to.
I wouldn't say it's life changing, but it is really useful. And it has replaced many devices, simplifying my gadgets.
And lest not forget the things you remote control don't have to be in the same room. I can turn the TV on and the lounge lights from the kitchen, when my 3yo asks to watch Thomas. I can also wish it a good morning, and she tells me an interesting fact about the day.
It's not for everyone. It needs to connect to some other things to be useful. But works great for me.

To sum up, this Amazon Echo is a great price @ £134.95...as long as you are willing to spend a further £500 on accessories that make it worthwhile.
#30
uuf361
I was given one of these as a gift - biggest waste of time going. Used it for a week, couldn't see the point or how it improved my life so it's now in a drawer.....
I'll give you £50 for it. :-)
#31
Northerndave
No doubt this and any other always on system is already passing data back to the various security agencies.
Pretty sure Google, Amazon etc are harvesting data, collecting your conversations so they can understand you better.
But hey, it can set multiple timers and turn lights on... Woo hoo!

Just like they get information about you on the internet.

But hey you can save 3p on a tin of beans on this site ;)
1 Like #32
whoop_de_do_basil
Sell evil corp your soul.

The Google Home isn't out yet but expecting an announcement on March 28th :-)
#33
russg84
AndiTails
jobibear
Mr.No
Heat added. Echo is a life changer, we have 6 around the house which control the heating, lights, TV along with the regular functions of shopping list etc.
"Life changer" & "shopping list" in the same sentence. I'll wait until it can do stuff I can do without a pen and a switch, but it could be worth it... In 5 years or so.
This, and the other Echo thread will be full of these comments within the next 6 hours - but it highlights the essential 'issue' of the Echo/Dot integration.
If you just have an Echo and no other services - you'll get bored with it. It doesn't do much, really. Yes, nice to ask questions and handy to set alarms, but really - the voice assistant on your phone does that.
But the Echo comes into it's own as an accessory to a Smart Home - if you already posses one.
I have an Echo in the kitchen - this is used a lot for kitchen timers (you can set more than one - I had 10 going at Christmas for the Christmas dinner and trimmings), listening to Radio Player or playing music from Spotify. It's also handy for asking for conversion of Centigrade to Fahrenheit, logging when either myself or the Mrs has fed the cat, and playing the latest news whilst I'm washing up the baby bottles at night.
Move to the lounge, and the Dot in there controls my TV (I can change channels, or just get the TV/Tivo all starting up if I walk into the room with my hands full), control the heating (I have the Honeywell Evohome system which allows me to control the temperature in every room of the house) as well as connect to my soundbar via bluetooth for some further Spotify listening. Lastly, I have 2 lights that can be controlled in there too - again, handy if you walk in with hands full.
Lastly, in the bedroom. This Dot is my alarm in the morning (you can press a button to turn it off, you don't have to speak), it plays Lullabies to my 4 month old daughter when she's going off to sleep in her cot, controls the lights in the bedroom as well as the morning questions about how cold it is outside when you're getting dressed and deciding what to wear, or whether it will rain, plus radio/spotify duties on a Sunday morning, etc.
All with my voice.
Yes, I could get up and turn the light on. I could walk into each room of the house and alter the radiator. I could have a digital radio in each room and a connected media player for spotify (somehow) and also an alarm clock by my bed. I could buy a new timer for the kitchen (and another 9 for Christmas dinner) and I could just use the remote to turn the TV on 5 seconds later when I've put down whatever is in my hands. I could also have a scruffy piece of paper on the fridge for a shopping list with a pen that only works for 3 words when writing on a vertical surface. But I don't need to.
I wouldn't say it's life changing, but it is really useful. And it has replaced many devices, simplifying my gadgets.
And lest not forget the things you remote control don't have to be in the same room. I can turn the TV on and the lounge lights from the kitchen, when my 3yo asks to watch Thomas. I can also wish it a good morning, and she tells me an interesting fact about the day.
It's not for everyone. It needs to connect to some other things to be useful. But works great for me.
To sum up, this Amazon Echo is a great price @ £134.95...as long as you are willing to spend a further £500 on accessories that make it worthwhile.

You are not wrong.
I already had some DLink plugs and a Nest thermostat. Due to having the Echo it 'made' me buy some Phillips Hue bulbs that I am loving.
I'm also on the verge of subscribing to the music service above the normal Prime I have.
The fact I won the Echo in the Santas locker competition has meant I actually probably am going to spend more with Amazon. Incredibly clever from them.
3 Likes #34
northwales
Mr.No
Heat added. Echo is a life changer, we have 6 around the house which control the heating, lights, TV along with the regular functions of shopping list etc.


bought your floating chair yet, as in wall-e


Agree totally. At what point do you want everything done for you? We're a bone-idle and instantly gratifiable 'civilisation' as it is, at what point will people realise that satisfaction comes as a result of effort/patience?
#35
russg84

To sum up, this Amazon Echo is a great price @ £134.95...as long as you are willing to spend a further £500 on accessories that make it worthwhile.

Not at all.
I got my Echo for £100 at launch. I still think that's too expensive.

However, the Dot is a great price at £49.99 (rrp).

And I already had a smart home (universal remote, heating controls, remote light switches) and a load of different ways of controlling them all. This just brings them all together.

The most expensive being the smart home heating - but the fact I can control each room of my house individually will propagate savings into my gas bill every month. It should pay for itself within 1.5 years of use as well as making it far easier to manage the temperature of the house.

And remote switches are now cheap. I built my system which controls 4 lights in 2 rooms, and a virgin media modem (to reboot it if the internet goes down) and a spare for the Christmas lights for a total of £42. But it depends on what you've already got (I had a Raspberry Pi which these are all controlled by). But that route isn't for everyone.


Edited By: AndiTails on Mar 20, 2017 13:27
#36
A slow cooker or a sandwich toaster would be cheaper for anyone wanting a gadget to use for a bit and then put in a cupboard and forget about.
1 Like #37
Heat for price .... :)
The unit itself needs more work. Sometimes disconnects for days then come back like a lost cat. As for the lights it does work but omg sooo literal like an old head teacher if you must be exact and setting up 30 scenes is a pain especially if you have to reset it! Shopping list find this hard to use because it doesn't always get what you say "add toilet roll to my shopping list" ... i have added ten monkeys to your reminder :s
Would love it to integrate with tv but we're not there yet without buying logitech harmony or a fire stick which will only control prime.
That being said playing music is great love it for that. If you're on the other side of the room and the music is on be prepared to shout because she obviously won't hear you.
Summary has good uses but is a smart home add on among hundreds of add ons and am left feeling i wish I wasn't so eager to rush out and buy one as i use Siri far more as much as I wanted Alexa to replace it is the home. Siri is better when closer, Alexa is better when futher but the philips hue remote is right next to my bed and I don't have to utter a word. ;)
#38
gazjon

Then the cost of adding receivers to replace standard sockets/plugs for house electrics. Adding smart controls for heating, maybe smart light bulbs. At the prices I see on the internet, we're talking thousands of pounds making a home that actually makes people take even less exercise.
A lovely thought if you're wealthy enough to afford these new toys, but they aren't cost effective. I seriously doubt anyone makes any savings at all from smart homes. Add in the gym membership so your waistline stays smaller rather than expand. :)

My Evohome heating system has already paid for itself. It's halved my gas bills since installation 2 years ago.

It heats per room, rather than wastefully heating the entire house (rooms heat up more quickly because of this).
#39
Can the Echo control Hue bulbs directly? What is the point of the hub -e.g. connection is Voice ---Echo ---Network Router--Phillips hub - Phillips Hue bulb. In the shop the assistant was helpful but said it even confused him - I was after bayonets, and the light plus kit yet I have to cobble it all together with bayonet to Edison convertors. Rant over.

Edited By: ashman33 on Mar 20, 2017 13:55
#40
They really want to know just what you want to spend your money on :)

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