Deal DetailsLast Edited by TattyBear April 7, 2015 at 06:28 AM
In order to order the Echo, you need to request an invitation first.
Amazon customer discussion
Direct link to Echo on Amazon
Huge List of commands
- For basic light or appliance control from Echo, buy WeMo switches (or Phillips Hue devices if you still think disco culture is cool/ironic). I've got an Echo on each floor of my rowhouse, so can automate from most locations.
- For more complicated home automation, buy an extra WeMo "dummy" switch for each desired function, whether or not you plug anything into it.
- In your WeMo smartphone app, generate a PIN number at the top-right menu for IFTTT.com (If This Then That).
- Go to the Channels at IFTTT.com (or your IF app on a smartphone) when logged into your account there, and enter the PIN into the WeMo channel that matches your device. You can add multiple PINs for multiple switches that will make them available in a pop-up menu.
- Now, the entire world of thousands of Recipes are able to both trigger, and be triggered by, the WeMo switches through your Amazon Echo. Among them, importantly, is last week's launch of the IFTTT-Homeseer integration that then hooks you into that best-in-class home automation system, which in turn controls X-10, Z-Wave, Zigbee, etc. IFTTT.com normally has a polling delay of up to 15 minutes, but the Belkin WeMo channels have so-called Quick Triggers that are basically instant.
- Now that Echo has (extremely limited) IFTTT.com support through To-Do and Shopping lists, you can also create recipes to control your Channel devices in slightly more complex ways.
- WeMo support via IFTTT.com now includes a Light Bulbs Channel .
- Apart from, say, full Z-Wave control, you can also exploit complex recipes like, for example, using your smartphone's location threshold away from home to trigger turning off all the WeMo devices, then to turn them on when you're within a close distance back to your home.
- Please add your ideas for more recipes in this thread, or here in the wiki.