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English, German. Alexa is an intelligent personal assistant developed by Amazon, made popular by the Amazon Echo and the Amazon Echo Dot devices developed by Amazon Lab126.
Alexa can also control several smart devices using itself as a home automation system
Chromecast is a media streaming device that plugs into the HDMI port on your TV. Simply use your movile device and the TV you already own to stream your favorite TV show, movie, music, sports, games, and more. Chromecast works with iPhone, iPad, Android phone and tablet, Mac and Windows Laptop and Chromebook.
CONTROL IT ALL WITH EASE
Harmony Companion gives you convenient control over your home entertainment and smart home devices. Its streamlined button layout and full number pad make it a breeze to flip between content and devices. Plus, with the Harmony App, you can program your favorite channels, create multi-device Activities, and enjoy control when you’re away from home. Chaos. Meet Harmony Companion.
A Smart Home Hub and Remote from Logitech. Unfortunately Logitech has made the choice to discontinue this device. As with many good tech things the best does not always last. I have not found a good substitute for this device but am looking.
Some good news is that new TV sets and other equipment work a little different from older equipment and the need for the Companion is not as necessary.
Echo Dot (amazon)
The Dot has the same functionality as the Echo,
It has a smaller speaker and a lineout plug on the back. This enables it to connect to an external speaker or amplifier of your choosing. Can be powered with supplied usb cable or battery (must purchase accessory)
Amazon Echo is a new smart speaker product from Amazon that combines voice recognition "intelligent assistant" capabilities with speaker functionality in a cylindrical speaker form factor.
Plays all your music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more using just your voice
Introducing Alexa calling and messaging, a new way to be together with family and friends. Just ask Alexa to call or message anyone with an Echo, Echo Dot, or the Alexa App.
Fills the room with immersive, 360º omni-directional audio
Hears you from across the room with far-field voice recognition, even while music is playing
Answers questions, reads the news, reports traffic and weather, reads audiobooks from Audible, gives info on local businesses, provides sports scores and schedules, controls Amazon Video on Fire TV, and more using the Alexa Voice Service
Controls lights, fans, TVs, switches, thermostats, garage doors, sprinklers, locks, and more with compatible connected devices from WeMo, Philips Hue, Sony, Samsung SmartThings, Nest, and others
Always getting smarter and adding new features, plus thousands of skills like Uber, Domino's, DISH, and more
Amazon Fire group of Products, TV's, Tablet, Sticks, Cube etc.
Amazon has a group of Products with that have the name Fire associated with them. You can check out this link for more information.
Here is a Link:
Amazon information on Fire Products.
This equipment can reduce your cost of TV with a little thought and having an open mind.
Smart Home Hub
A smart home hub is a hardware device that connects the devices on a home automation network and controls communications among them.
Some Home Automation systems require a hub and others like Amazon Alexa don't to control Alexa enabled devices.
IF This Then That
ifttt.com. IFTTT (pronounced /?ft/) is a free web-based service that people use to create chains of simple conditional statements, called applets. An applet is triggered by changes that occur within other web services such as Gmail, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest.
Can be used to interface with many things like Alexa, Gmail, HP Printer's ePrint.
The Echo Show is a smart speaker enabled with a 7-inch touchscreen by Amazon featuring Alexa, the company's AI assistant. ... The Echo Show includes an Intel Atom x5-Z8350, 2GB of RAM, 8GB of embedded flash memory, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1, an integrated video camera with microphone and a 21-watt sound system.
Echo Show brings you everything you love about Alexa, and now she can show you things. Watch video flash briefings, Amazon Video content, and YouTube, see music lyrics, security cameras, photos, weather forecasts, to-do and shopping lists, browse and listen to Audible audiobooks, and more. All hands-free—just ask.
Introducing a new way to be together. Make hands-free video calls to friends and family who have an Echo Show or the Alexa App, and make voice calls to anyone who has an Echo or Echo Dot.
See lyrics on-screen with Amazon Music. Just ask to play a song, artist or genre, and stream over Wi-Fi. Also, stream music on Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, and more.
Powerful, room-filling speakers with Dolby processing for crisp vocals and extended bass response
Ask Alexa to show you the front door or monitor the baby's room with compatible cameras from Ring and Arlo. Turn on lights or the TV, set thermostats, control Amazon Video on Fire TV, and more with WeMo, Philips Hue, Sony, ecobee, and other compatible smart home devices.
With eight microphones, beam-forming technology, and noise cancellation, Echo Show hears you from any direction—even while music is playing
Always getting smarter and adding new features, plus thousands of skills like Uber, Allrecipes, CNN, and more
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