With Alexa, device makers can build voice-forward smart home products that offer a natural user interface. You can create delightful experiences with lights, switches, thermostats, cameras, locks, and more. You have the flexibility to create products that Work with Alexa and enable customers to control them from millions of Echo and Alexa Built-in devices, or you can create fully integrated Alexa Built-in products that customers can talk to directly. Your smart home devices continue to become smarter with Alexa’s growing list of smart home capabilities and features such as Routines and Groups.
Connect your smart home devices to Alexa by building an Alexa skill, enabling your customers to control them from tens of millions of Alexa Built-in products.
The Alexa Voice Service supports building block APIs to extend smart home functionality to your Alexa Built-in product, without the need for a separate Alexa Skill. Supported API including Range, Mode, Toggle, and Power Control. The AVS Device SDK (v1.17+) uses the Alexa.Discovery API and illustrates how you can easily voice enable your device’s hardware features with Alexa.
The Smart Home Skills API enable Alexa voice interaction to control and check the status of your cloud-connected devices via a dedicated Skill. Smart home skills define and handle the voice interaction model with support for many device templates including lights, switches, plugs, locks, fans, sensors, routers, thermostats and more.
The AVS Device SDK makes it easy for commercial device makers to leverage the AVS API and build clients that handle core Alexa functionality on devices. Extend basic smart home controls supported by the SDK, or develop a separate Skill for extended smart home functionality.
Amazon works with qualified Systems Integrators (SIs), Original Design Manufacturers (ODMs), and Consulting and Professional Service (CPS) providers that can help commercial device manufacturers to bring new products to market quickly. ODMs such as Third Reality, Calix, Gemtek, and Adition offer white-label solutions for the smarthome.
With the vision of a helpful home that listens and responds to every voice command, ecobee is leading the way into a Whole Home Voice future by bringing far-field voice technology and Alexa into every room. As an early believer in Alexa and the power of voice, ecobee developed smart home skills to enable voice control for their ecobee3 thermostat using an Echo or Dot. Then, to provide a more seamless and integrated customer experience, ecobee made the strategic decision to integrate the Alexa Voice Service into the ecobee4 thermostat and Switch+ light switch making them stand-alone Alexa built-in devices. ecobee is able to differentiate their products by providing built-in voice experiences, complemented by Smart Home skills tailored for specific use cases (e.g. “Alexa, set Downstairs temperature to 72”).
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