I can’t resist new technology and as a result I have too many Alexa devices.I have my 1st generation Echo in the master bedroom, a second generation Dot on my desk in the spare room, along with a Kindle Fire 8 in an Alexa Sled.There’s a Show on the counter in the kitchen.
And then there’s the living room.I have a FireTV Cube and a Sonos Beam hooked up to the Samsung TV.An ecobee 4 thermostat is on the wall directly across from the TV set, and a 2nd generation Echo Plus is in an alcove next to the back door.I haven’t turned Alexa on for either the Sonos or the ecobee and see no reason to.But she’s waiting, if I ever change my mind.
Most of the lights in the house are Hue bulbs and the lock on the front door is an August.I’ve got a Blink 3 camera system, one outdoors, monitoring the front door, one in the basement and the third set so it can see the complete living room.I have motion sensors at the front door, in the basementand in the garage, all of which also have temperature sensors.
I also have FireTV sticks (with Alexa) in the master bedroom and in my RV and my ooma phone system runs thru an Alexa Connect.And sitting in a box on my desk is a Brilliant Home Control, waiting for me to install it.
The Brilliant (www.brilliant.tech) Home Control is the device I’ve been waiting for since Amazon first lit up the Echo as a home automation control system.It is a touch screen wall plate that fits into a standard home gang box and comes in a form factor for single toggle switch, 2, or 3 or 4 switches.You simply pull the switch plate out of the wall and unhook the wiring.Then connect the wires to the Brilliant base plate, screw that into holes your switch plate came out of and as the final step slide the Brilliant touch screen onto the base plate and it will walk you thru the configuration wizard.Oh, and did I mention that it has Alexa built into it?
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We have an Original Echo in the Kitchen, and a Dot we got for free from SiriusXM. They don't get much use, Weather reports maybe, and timers. I'm not a huge fan of talking to my stuff, neither is hubby.