Smart Home Devices That Work With Alexa
There are many smart home devices that work with Alexa, and I’m going to post about security devices first. There are so many concerns now in most urban neighborhoods regarding parcel theft, and home burglaries performed by well dressed people arriving in posh cars.
The EZVIZ Mini 360 Plus 1080p HD Home Security Camera can pan,tilt and zoom. It is a WiFi Surveillance System that works with Alexa. It has motion tracking capability, Night Vision, and Image Touch Navigation.
This can also be set up with an ethernet cable if you prefer.
The Mini 360 Plus’s panoramic 360° touch navigation controls what you see easily. You can virtually “Look around the room”!
Just speak your command! “Alexa Show me the Living Room”.
With the EZVIZ skill and Alexa, you can now interact with your Mini 360 Plus using your voice through Alexa and Echo Show.
One happy reviewer said “Worked great. All functions were available and worked well, even from USA to China. Solid device with good features and quality. Pan and tilt camera with digital zoom, and two-way voice all worked very well.”
Here’s a quick list of more features:
- HD 1080p resolution
- Wide-angle 92° lens
- Flexibility to locate the Mini 360 Plus either mounted or sitting
- Two way talking with family or pets
- Motion alerts on your phone
- Free Cloud and local storage
- Access content and history anytime
- Add more cameras as you want all in one appRequirements
High-Speed Internet Connection
Mobile OS: iOS 7.0+ (iPhone, iPad), Android 4.0+
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 2.4 GHz (802.11 b/g/n) or Wired Ethernet
Please Note: Does not support Wi-Fi 5GHz
Amazon Alexa Security Concerns
Concerned about Alexa listening and recording your home’s activity? Here is a tip list from Naked Security.
Those who choose to use this technology can’t and shouldn’t expect 100% privacy. If not for the ability of Amazon Echo and Google Home to listen, these things would become nothing more than doorstoppers and paperweights.
But there are certainly things users can do to limit the risk of unintended consequences. Here are just a few examples:
- Not currently using your Echo? Mute it The mute/unmute button is right on top of the device. The “always listening” microphone will shut off until you’re ready to turn it back on.
- Don’t connect sensitive accounts to Echo On more than a few occasions, daisy chaining multiple accounts together has ended in tears for the user.
- Erase old recordings If you use an Echo, then surely you have an Amazon account. If you go on Amazon’s website and look under “Manage my device” there’s a handy dashboard where you can delete individual queries or clear the entire search history.”
You are always in control of your settings. Aim for the highest degree of privacy that you can possibly get.
Check out this fantastic doorbell! The Ring enables you to view your front door so you can see who has rung the bell, or is perhaps lurking, or looking through the window.
It will alert you on your phone, tablet or PC when motion is registered. You can speak to the person at your door and have a two conversation.
You can also angle it when you install it so as to see more of your porch/doorway area.
This is a best seller for smart home security monitoring that works with Alexa.
Essential oil diffusers, wonderful self nurturing and pampering items!
It’s kind of dazzling – the scope of these devices!
Miranda is the creator of Classical Stretch, seen on PBS for years, and for Essentrics, with her daughter Shara Esmonde White.
In the Classical Stretch tradition, these workouts go for the long and lean!
In her book Aging Backwards, Miranda miraculously explains how the body ages, or doesn’t, and how the cells in our muscles have the main influence over how our body triggers the aging process.
I’m not going to try and encapsulate it here. I just want to add that when I was taught the same material while certifying as a personal trainer, all I could do was memorize the text book because I could not hope to understand it as it was presented.
It made perfect sense to me when I read about how to reverse the aging process with exercise, as recounted by Miranda.
Here’s an interview with Miranda to get you started on the idea of aging backwards.