Mattel to release a Cortana powered kid’s smart hub

Smart Home assistants are going to be big 2017, Amazon have a head start with Alexa but Microsoft are looking to take them on with 3rd party devices. First we had a teaser of a new Harman Kardon Cortana enabled speaker and yesterday at CES Mattel announced a AI smart…

mydlink Smart Plugs now support by Amazon Alexa

Last month when I set up Amazon Alexa to control my Christmas Tree lights with D-Link Smart plugs I found the lack of native support of D-Link plugs for Alexa frustrating, in the end I used IFTTT to trigger the mydlink plugs from Alexa which works but is a little…

Amazon Alexa becomes a platform as Lenovo announce Amazon Alexa powered Smart Assistant

This week CES 2017 kicked off and one of the first interesting announcement is from Lenovo with an Amazon partnership. Lenovo have announced the Lenovo Smart Assistant a standalone speaker with Amazon Alexa. Essentially it’s an Amazon Echo built by Lenovo so Lenovo get into the smart home market using…

How I setup voice control for my Christmas Tree lights using Amazon Dot

Over the last few weeks I have playing around various smart home components and what other project could there be this time of year other than control of festive lights. There are lots of ways of controlling lights with home automation but my little project is nice and cheap and…

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