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Echo Buttons – not just for games!

Echo Buttons

Echo ButtonsEcho Buttons, you have probably seen them around Amazon and immediately think of playing games on your Alexa devices.

Echo buttons can also be programmed to run Routines that you set up within your Alexa app.

For example, I have set my Echo buttons up for morning and night routines.  For morning I have a button that switches on my coffee maker and also adjusts the temperature on the downstairs thermostat to bring up the temperature for when I head downstairs,  My night routine shuts down the house, it turns off all of the lights in the house, ensures the front door is locked and then lowers the thermostat temps for the night as we’re all snug in bed.

Setting up your Echo Buttons

Getting started with Echo Buttons is easy and awesome, once you take them out of the box simply tell your Alexa device to setup your Echo Buttons – ‘Alexa set up Echo Buttons‘  You can then remove the plastic tab from the bottom battery cover and then press your buttons in turn to be added to your Echo device.  Simple!

Setting up Routines with your Echo Buttons

You can set up Routines via the Alexa app.  Tap on the menu on the top left and select Routines.  You can then hit the + on the top right of the screen to create a new routine.  Once you do this you have to define two things – When this happens and then Add Actions.

When you define your When this happens you have the option of choosing your Echo Buttons, you will be prompted to press the button you want to assign the actions to.  Once you press the button you’ll be able to then Add Actions.

Adding actions gives you a ton of interesting options.  You can control and adjust your smart home devices, set/change do not disturb, volume settings, stop Audio, send notifications or announcements, play music, news or traffic announcements.  This is ideal for setting up say morning or evening custom routines that can greet you, tell you the weather and traffic for your morning commute and kick in devices like your coffee maker so you’ll be all set to walk out of the door!

Games for Echo Buttons

Echo Buttons and gamesCheck out Echo Buttons both for games like Beat the Intro from Musicplode, Dungeon Escape, Trivial Pursuit Tap, and Sounds Fun with Mike Epps from Ground Control.  You can also ask Alexa ‘Alexa, what games I play with Echo Buttons‘ 

You can then enable the relevant skills to start playing the games!

 

 

 

 

Echo Buttons (2 buttons per pack) – A fun companion for your Echo

Introducing Echo Buttons, a new way to play games through your compatible Echo device
Each button illuminates and can be pressed to trigger a variety of play experiences powered by Alexa
Bring back game night with a catalog of compatible Alexa Skills such as Trivial Pursuit Tap by Hasbro, Hanagram, Button Monte, and Sounds Fun with Mike Epps. Just ask "Alexa, what games can I play with my Echo Buttons?"

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Blink Camera discounted 33% for Black Friday

Blink cameras

Blink cameraDeals on Blink Camera now live

Amazon’s Blink camera is 33% off for the Black Friday sale.? With 2 year battery life, motion detection and Alexa compatibility – great with the Show and 2nd Gen Show the Blink camera offers a great home security and monitoring solution.

Discounts are available on single and multi-packs – grab them here while the deal lasts!

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Amazon Fire HD tablets discounted up to $50

Fire HD Tablet

Fire HD tabletAmazon means business with the Black Friday discounts on their Fire HD tablets

Amazon has discounts across the Fire HD tablets.? Save up to $50 on the tablets or more if you buy more than one (think family presents this year!).? The Kids Edition tablets with 2 year warranties have great deals and all the 7, 8 and 10 models are a steal right now.? The Fire HD 8 also has a $10 discount when you buy it bundled with the new Show Mode dock.

Click here and browse the deals, accessories like cases have also been marked down up to $10 so bundle up!

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3rd Gen Echo Dot and 2 Color Sengled bulbs save $50!

3rd Gen Echo Dot and 2 Color Sengled bulbs

Save $50 on 3rd Gen Echo Dot and 2 Color Sengled bulbs

Amazon continues with some great deals, get a?3rd Gen Echo Dot and 2 Color Sengled bulbs for under $80 right now and get the new and improved sound and audio detection with the latest released hardware from Amazon!

More information and order right here!

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Philips Hue Color Starter Kit 2 bulbs

Philips Hue Color Starter Kit

Philips Hue Color Starter kitPhilips Hue Color Starter Kit 2 bulbs

Amazon has?Philips Hue Color Starter Kit with 2 bulbs down $50 from $149.99 to $99 right now.

Complete with 2 color/white bulbs and the Hue Hub this is a fantastic price to get started with Philips Hue lighting.? Even if you have existing Hue gear the price of the bulbs alone is worthwhile and you can always sell the spare hub!

Get in on the deal here

 

 

 

 

  • LIMITLESS POSSIBILITIES: The Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance 2- Pack Smart Bulb Kit lets you choose from 16 million colors and shades of white to turn your everyday lighting into an extraordinary experience. These color lights are controlled remotely with your smartphone or tablet, create custom scenes and unleash your creativity. This is the perfect way to personalize your smart home.
  • VOICE ACTIVATED: Works with Alexa for voice control (smart hub required and included, Alexa device sold separately).
  • LASTS A LIFETIME: Lasts 25,000 hours or 23 years with normal use. To install, simply screw in the smart bulbs into your desired smart lighting location, download the hue mobile app and pair your smart hub. Control smart-bulb-equipped lamps and overhead smart lights via the Philips hue app. Ideal for your favorite Ceiling Fan lights, floor lamps, table lamps, Pendant lights, and more throughout your smart home.
  • EXPAND YOUR SMART HOME: Easily expand your smart lighting system with Alexa-enabled accessories (sold separately), such as a Hue Dimmer Switch, Hue Tap, or Hue Motion Sensor.
  • COMPLETE PACKAGE: Comes with 2 Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 60W Energy Star Certified LED Smart Bulbs (able to fit most lamps, overhead lights, and 4-inch recessed cans), Philips hue hub and three-year warranty for the ultimate Philips Hue Smart Lighting experience.
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Quotra Hue compatible LED light strip

Quotra LED Light Strip

A new product release from Quotra, their Hue compatible LED light strip!

Just in time for Christmas decorations or for use around the home the LED strip is a perfect addition to your Philips Hue lighting system.? At 80 inches you can utilize for under bed lighting, backlight for your flat screen or maybe even under cabinet lighting.? The light strip is extendable too and you can purchase 40 inch extensions and go up to 30 feet of LEDs!

With the ability to control via the Hue hub/app you can adjust the lighting and color to suit your scene or mood.? Use Alexa, Google Assistant to voice control your light strip or add to a scene or routine for the ultimate experience.

The Quotra?LED light strip costs in at $59.95 and is available here.? This around $20 cheaper than the Philips Hue Light strip is high quality and a bargain considering the price difference!? The extension strips only cost $15.99 so this is a budget friendly?answer to your smart lighting needs!

The product, while new, has 5 star ratings.? I recommend you check these out if you are looking for Christmas decorations or high quality accent lighting.

 

 

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Ecobee 4, lowest price ever, Alexa enabled thermostat down to $199 from $249

Ecobee 4

Ecobee 4 – The Alexa enabled Smart Thermometer

Ecobee 4 Alexa enabled smart thermostatThe Ecobee 4 offers not only the smarts to help reduce your bills and maintain the heat and cooling in your home (up to 23% savings).? Ecobee 4 offers something unique in that Alexa technology is built into the thermostat!? Using Ecobee 4 thermostats you can add Alexa coverage to your home to help control other elements of your smart home like lighting, music and more.? The Ecobee 4 also comes with a room sensor to allow you to monitor occupancy in the room as well as monitor the temperature so that the system can better average out the heat distribution across rooms in your house.? You can purchase additional sensors to monitor all the rooms in your house.? The thermostat and sensors can be monitored through both Android and iOS apps, the tablet version of the application also gives you more reporting options to see and compare how your heating and cooling compare to other Ecobee users so you can tweak your settings accordingly or celebrate your savings!

The Ecobee 4 integrates with both Alexa and Google Home so you can control your heating and cooling with your favorite voice assistant.

Buy now for a limited time at $199 down from $249.? You may also be eligible for other discounts or rebates as many energy companies offer rebates now for smart thermostat installations – check your local provider – I got a $50 rebate from mine.

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Black Friday Amazon Alexa & Smart Home deals

Black Friday Amazon Alexa Smart Home deals

Black Friday Amazon Alexa & Smart Home deals

Halloween is officially done, candy gathered and eaten.

Now we watch for?Black Friday Amazon Alexa & Smart Home deals!

Amazon is already advertising and promoting their deals here online, bookmark this link and share (it’s your smart home Christmas Wishlist right?!)

This link goes to the Black Friday deals channel, check it out!

Here’s hoping for some awesome device, accessories and smart home deals – if you find any please post and share!

What are you looking for on Black Friday?

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Web browser, Youtube and Wikipedia coming to your Echo Show

Echo Show Firefox Silk Browser

Echo Show Firefox Silk Browser

Echo Show gets Firefox and Silk browsers

As was featured in the latest device launch event, web browsing, Youtube and Wikipedia are coming to your Echo Show devices.? While this will look much nicer on the upcoming 2nd generation Echo Show with its big screen, it is still a useful feature for us 1st gen Show owners!? Also, Youtube integration bring back video playback to your Echo Show device!

You’ll be getting an update to your Echo Show, you can try and update manually (click here for Amazon’s help page on how to check for updates) you’ll be looking for a build version?620525720 or higher.

Once you have this update, go into Settings (swipe down) and then into Device Options, Web Options.? Here you can select from the two browser choices – Firefox or Amazon’s Silk Browser.

Once set you can invoke the browser via Alexa – ‘Alexa, Load Firefox‘ and away you go!

You will also get access to run Youtube, previously blocked on Echo Show devices.? You can use the voice search to find content you want to watch – this functionality is also available for searches in the web browser.

All-new Echo Show (2nd Gen)

Premium speakers with Dolby processing let you stream music and books in crisp, stereo sound. With a vibrant 10" HD screen for watching videos, movies, and TV shows-in a new fabric design.
Ask Alexa to see lyrics and album art with Amazon Music. See weather forecasts, calendars, to-do lists, and your favorite playlists.
Watch live TV and sports with a Hulu subscription, movies and shows from Prime Video, or the news.

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Echo Show – 1st Generation Black

Echo Show brings you everything you love about Alexa, and now she can show you things. Watch video flash briefings and YouTube, see music lyrics, security cameras, photos, weather forecasts, to-do and shopping lists, and more. All hands-free-just ask.
Introducing a new way to be together. Talk to family and friends who have an Echo or the Alexa App.
See lyrics on-screen with Amazon Music. Just ask to play a song, artist or genre, and stream over Wi-Fi. Also, stream music on Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, and more.

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AmazonBasics Microwave with Alexa preorder, releases November 14th

AmazonBasics Microwave

AmazonBasics Microwave

Who would have thought an AmazonBasics Microwave would be an Alexa integrated device?? Offering as usual Amazon’s competitive pricing on their Basics line of products the AmazonBasics microwave offer something very unique.? On the front of the usual control panel for the microwave, there is an Ask Alexa button.

AmazonBasics Microwave

Pressing this button will initiate a connection to your Echo (saving you the task of invoking Alexa).? You can then ask Alexa to microwave for a certain number of minutes or use her to pull up a number of (expanding) presets for heating up your popcorn, cooking your food, reheating your coffee, etc.? The microwave will then start and you will end up with a perfectly heated meal or the real bonus, no burned popcorn!

The AmazonBasics microwave offers 10 power levels, defrost options by time and weight as well as a trusty Popcorn button!? You can set a timer from the panel if you’re old school vs setting an Alexa timer.

If you are needing a new microwave this is a good all-round option with the added bonus of having Alexa integration.? The number of presets added to the microwave will probably be the test of how useful this voice-controlled kitchen gadget will be in the long run.? I wonder what is next for Amazon’s connected kitchen concepts.

The Echo Wall Clock is one interesting option to keep an eye on but that as of this date is awaiting approvals.

 

 

AmazonBasics Microwave, Small, 0.7 Cu. Ft, 700W, Works with Alexa

Now it's easier to defrost peas, make popcorn, cook potatoes, and reheat rice. Quick-cook voice presets and a simplified keypad let you just ask Alexa to start microwaving.
Auto Popcorn Replenishment can automatically reorder popcorn when you run low, enabled by Amazon Dash Replenishment technology.
Compact size saves counter space, plus 10 power levels, a kitchen timer, a child lock, and a turntable.

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Price: $59.99

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