Ignoring the bigger issue of security and privacy, I’m intrigued by smart devices, but after a brief thought of ‘that’s cool!’ I wonder ‘what’s the point?’. I’m not being argumentative, just interested, why would you want your house filled with lamps you can control remotely?
More than lamps do’ innit? You can literally control everything in your house via voice recognition. We’ve just been using lights as an example.
Let me paint you a picture of my current set up with Alexa & you tell me if there’s a ‘point’ to it :
Alexa is set up in my bedroom. At 6:45am the alarm on my Alexa goes off, I tell it to snooze without opening my eyes. It wakes me up 8 mins later with another alarm, I stumble out of bed & say “Alexa, pair with bathroom speaker”... it pairs. “Alexa play Guns n Roses ‘You Could Be Mine”, I grab my towel & head into the bathroom where the music is already playing as I walk in. I shower & recreate the Arnie travelling through time pose in the shower as GnR plays in the background.
I come back into the bedroom. “Alexa, connect to bedroom speaker… (you’ll also have to speak up as I’m wearing a towell) & what’s the weather like?” It informs me of the weather as I dry & get dressed & taylor what I’m wearing accordingly. I ask it various questions whilst I’m getting dressed such as “What’s my commute like?”, “When’s the next train?”, “What are the news headlines?” etc. It sounds trivial, but those extra few minutes you save on every task add up & that’s where an Alexa comes into it’s own.
Ultimately I want to get it connected to lights, TV, heating & more importantly kettle. Asking a machine to put the kettle on from your bedroom & coming downstairs to a freshly boiled kettle is literally the dream.
So what’s the difference between the Dot and the Echo? Is it only the speaker?