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[Staples] Echo dot 34.99 saturday/sunday

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[Staples] Echo dot 34.99 saturday/sunday

Good deal if you missed prime day.
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What was the price on prime day?
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tatung wrote:
Aug 13th, 2018 4:19 pm
What was the price on prime day?
It was also $34.99.
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Is this sufficient for a smart home? Should I consider any other Google/Amazon/ Apple devices similar to this?
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blisterd_nuts wrote:
Aug 13th, 2018 5:13 pm
Is this sufficient for a smart home? Should I consider any other Google/Amazon/ Apple devices similar to this?
You will need a smart hub for home automation. The Echo plus has one build in.
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Is this Gen 1 or 2? Any difference?
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blisterd_nuts wrote:
Aug 13th, 2018 5:13 pm
Is this sufficient for a smart home? Should I consider any other Google/Amazon/ Apple devices similar to this?
The Amazon Echo (Alexa) is the most popular voice automation device in the U.S., with Google Home running 2nd, but in Canada it is reversed. Apple is a distant third.

Alexa has been around longer and has built up a bigger database of installable "skills" modules to support different types of home automation devices, but Google Home is catching up fast. Most smart home devices now try to support both, It's something like the history of Android catching up to the Apple app store.

Google Home is generally a bit better at natural language understanding and seems to have more information available to understand context and provide meaningful responses. But at least half the time they both flub the question completely. The remainder of the time Google does better 2 out of 3 times, and Alexa does better 1 out of 3 times.

You don't need a voice automation device at all to get into home automation. You can buy smart home devices, run them from your smart phone, and create your own algorithms for them without ever touching an Echo Dot or Google Home, so long as you don't need voice automation.

You also don't need a hub device. Many of the smart home devices are WiFi, and connect directly to your router. You can connect them and program them through internet services like IFTTT and Stringify without needing a local hub. You need a local hub/gateway to provide the network connection only if you are using Z-Wave or Zigbee devices instead of WiFi (e.g., like Phillips Hue bulbs). If it's a smart hub like SmartThings or Wink, not just a dumb gateway, it may also support some local programming so that you don't have to go to an outside internet service like IFTTT to do simple operations like turn on a light if a motion detector triggers. But voice automation requires an internet service to interpret your voice - there isn't enough computing power or database in any local device to do that complex job.
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Exp315 wrote:
Aug 13th, 2018 5:37 pm

The Amazon Echo (Alexa) is the most popular voice automation device in the U.S., with Google Home running 2nd, but in Canada it is reversed. Apple is a distant third.

Alexa has been around longer and has built up a bigger database of installable "skills" modules to support different types of home automation devices, but Google Home is catching up fast. Most smart home devices now try to support both, It's something like the history of Android catching up to the Apple app store.

Google Home is generally a bit better at natural language understanding and seems to have more information available to understand context and provide meaningful responses. But at least half the time they both flub the question completely. The remainder of the time Google does better 2 out of 3 times, and Alexa does better 1 out of 3 times.

You don't need a voice automation device at all to get into home automation. You can buy smart home devices, run them from your smart phone, and create your own algorithms for them without ever touching an Echo Dot or Google Home, so long as you don't need voice automation.

You also don't need a hub device. Many of the smart home devices are WiFi, and connect directly to your router. You can connect them and program them through internet services like IFTTT and Stringify without needing a local hub. You need a local hub/gateway to provide the network connection only if you are using Z-Wave or Zigbee devices instead of WiFi (e.g., like Phillips Hue bulbs). If it's a smart hub like SmartThings or Wink, not just a dumb gateway, it may also support some local programming so that you don't have to go to an outside internet service like IFTTT to do simple operations like turn on a light if a motion detector triggers. But voice automation requires an internet service to interpret your voice - there isn't enough computing power or database in any local device to do that complex job.
Great points !

I also have both .. I mainly use echo for smart home/harmony control and google for music and info
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This is awesome. I'm primarily using it as a Bluetooth audio receiver since those cost almost the same as this. Alexa is an added bonus.
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The small print also has the Amazon Echo on sale for $89.99 ($40 off), which is also good for those that missed Prime Days.
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Please change title to Saturday and Sunday as the sale is for two days only (August 18-19).
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jimmyzaas wrote:
Aug 14th, 2018 9:54 am
This is awesome. I'm primarily using it as a Bluetooth audio receiver since those cost almost the same as this. Alexa is an added bonus.
me too, I'm using it for the same purpose, would have bought google home instead if they had an audio out jack. I know there's a hack for it but what's the point.

I had some issues initially during setup as it wouldn't recognize where I was geographically, and my ecobee commands I think are in fahrenheit. The wifi calling feature is great.
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jimmyzaas wrote:
Aug 14th, 2018 9:54 am
This is awesome. I'm primarily using it as a Bluetooth audio receiver since those cost almost the same as this. Alexa is an added bonus.
If you add a Spotify subscription you can ask it to play any music you want by voice. You can also pause, stop, skip forward or back, and change volume by voice control. The only drawback is of course that the Echo has trouble hearing you if you are playing music loudly.
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Everything Amazon is better in the States ... I'm glad our gov't continues to protect us from them.
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Exp315 wrote:
Aug 13th, 2018 5:37 pm
The Amazon Echo (Alexa) is the most popular voice automation device in the U.S., with Google Home running 2nd, but in Canada it is reversed. Apple is a distant third.

Alexa has been around longer and has built up a bigger database of installable "skills" modules to support different types of home automation devices, but Google Home is catching up fast. Most smart home devices now try to support both, It's something like the history of Android catching up to the Apple app store.

Google Home is generally a bit better at natural language understanding and seems to have more information available to understand context and provide meaningful responses. But at least half the time they both flub the question completely. The remainder of the time Google does better 2 out of 3 times, and Alexa does better 1 out of 3 times.

You don't need a voice automation device at all to get into home automation. You can buy smart home devices, run them from your smart phone, and create your own algorithms for them without ever touching an Echo Dot or Google Home, so long as you don't need voice automation.

You also don't need a hub device. Many of the smart home devices are WiFi, and connect directly to your router. You can connect them and program them through internet services like IFTTT and Stringify without needing a local hub. You need a local hub/gateway to provide the network connection only if you are using Z-Wave or Zigbee devices instead of WiFi (e.g., like Phillips Hue bulbs). If it's a smart hub like SmartThings or Wink, not just a dumb gateway, it may also support some local programming so that you don't have to go to an outside internet service like IFTTT to do simple operations like turn on a light if a motion detector triggers. But voice automation requires an internet service to interpret your voice - there isn't enough computing power or database in any local device to do that complex job.
Thank you for your detailed response. This helps my understanding with the entire process a whole lot! Upvotes for you!
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