By Dan Moren
January 27, 2016 1:11 PM PT
Canary, meet Alexa and WeMo
My home is pretty dumb, but it’s slowly getting smarter. As frequent readers will know, I live in a one bedroom apartment, so most automation tasks stem out of curiosity than actual utility.
Previously I’d mentioned my disappointment that my Canary home security device 1 didn’t really play with any of my other gear, but I didn’t realize until today that Canary had previously added support for home automation protocol Wink. 2 Wink connects to IFTTT, which in turn connects to my Amazon Echo.
I think you can see where this is going: I can now arm, disarm, or engage Canary’s privacy mode via voice commands to Alexa 3. Moreover, I also integrated it with my WeMo light switch so that when my office light automatically turns off at night, the Canary is automatically armed.
The more I play around with connected home devices, the more interesting I find them. I had never used Wink before, but its app is actually pretty slick.
Next task: find a way to remotely activate my Breville tea-maker from the comfort of my bed. I think I may need a robot. 4
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