Talk to your Vivint Smart Home with Amazon Echo

From PC Magazine:

Vivint is connecting its Sky smart home platform to the Amazon Echo, allowing customers to chat with the cloud-based Alexa.

Had a long day at the office? Simply say, “Alexa, tell Vivint I’m going to bed,” and the system will automatically turn off the lights, lock the doors, arm the security system, and turn down the thermostat.

“People have been dreaming of being able to say things to their house and have it obey for decades,” Charlie Kindel, director of Amazon Echo and Alexa, said in a statement. “Now that’s possible with Echo—just ask Alexa to turn up the heat, lock the doors, and more.”

Using Amazon Echo$179.99 at Amazon, you can find out whether doors are locked and the security system is enabled, turn on and dim the lights, and ask whether the garage door is shut. Connect the Echo to Vivint via the Alexa mobile app, then take control of your home using your voice, the SkyControl home panel, or Vivint’s app.

The smart home company also announced integration with the Nest Learning Thermostat, giving users even more ways to control the temperature. Current Nest owners can integrate with a Vivint smart home today; the thermostat will also be available nationwide as part of all Vivint Smart Home packages beginning this spring.

“We deliver a seamless integrated smart home, where the homeowner’s thermostat, door locks, video cameras, and security system all work together to make everyday life easier,” Vivint Chief Technology Officer Jeremy Warren said.

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