The ecobee4 Smart Thermostat has just gone on sale for $199 on Amazon. This is the first time this thermostat has ever been priced this low. The ecobee4 takes Alexa compatibility further than any other smart thermostat. Not only can you control it through Alexa on Echo and Fire TV devices, but the thermostat itself is an Alexa device that you can talk to and give any Alexa command. It’s like having an Echo Dot mounted to your wall. The ecobee4 also just became the first third-party Alexa device to gain Echo Spatial Perception (ESP), which means it will integrate seamlessly with any other Echo devices you have so that two devices don’t respond simultaneously. The ecobee4 also comes with a separate remote sensor so that it monitors the temperature of more than one spot of your home and you can add additional sensors if necessary to make it even smarter.
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The ecobee4 Smart Thermostat is the first and only thermostat to provide full-fledged Alexa capabilities directly from the device itself, thanks to its array of far-field microphones, built-in speaker, and LED light bar. The only issue is that, since it’s not an Amazon product, it did not have Echo Spatial Perception (ESP), which is what allows Amazon’s line of Echo smart speakers to know which device is closest to the speaker so that only one responds. A new software update for the ecobee4 has now addressed this issue by making it, to my knowledge, the first non-Amazon product to support ESP. Read more ›
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Three years ago today, Amazon introduced Alexa to the world when they revealed the original Echo speaker. To celebrate, they’re offering discounts on numerous Alexa devices. The Amazon Tap is $50 off at $79.99, which matches the lowest price it has been. You can save $33 on a 3 pack of Echo Dots by using promo code BDAY3PACK at checkout. Normally, Amazon only gives $20 off of a 3 pack. You can save $50 on a 3 pack of 2nd-gen Echos using promo code ECHO3PACK, but that’s the usual discount that has been around ever since the new model was revealed. Other bundle deals include the all-new Fire HD 10 tablet + Echo Dot for $149.98, which saves you $50, the Fire TV Stick + Echo Dot for $69.98, which saves you $20, and the all-new Cloud Cam + Echo Show for $299.98, which saves you $50. Read more ›
Ecobee just announced their brand new ecobee4 smart thermostat with Alexa built-in, but what was more surprising was the announcement of an all new product to facilitate, what they’re calling, “whole home voice.” The new product is an ecobee smart light switch with integrated temperature, occupancy, and daylight sensors. As if that weren’t enough, the light switch has microphones and speakers for full built-in Alexa functionality. Read more ›
Ecobee has officially announced the ecobee4 smart thermostat with built-in full Alexa capabilities. To be clear, this isn’t just a smart thermostat that can be controlled by Alexa, but rather, it’s like having an Echo Dot attached to your wall that happens to also directly control your home AC and heater in a smart way. The ecobee4 has a microphone, speaker, and lightbar to facilitate Alexa communication, as well as a touchscreen and smartphone app for its standard thermostat interface. Read more ›
It’s now pretty much confirmed that the soon to be released Ecobee4 smart thermostat has full-blown Alexa capabilities built right in. Blue light and all. Dave Zatz, who first revealed the next-generation thermostat’s big new feature, has posted an image of what appears to be official documentation outlining the thermostat’s Alexa functionality. Just like the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot, the Ecobee4 will have far-field voice recognition that will always be listening for the Alexa wake word. Read more ›
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My buddy Dave Zatz from zatznotfunny.com has uncovered evidence that the unannounced Ecobee4 smart thermostat will have Alexa capabilities built-in. Dave first speculated the next-gen thermostat would have Alexa when he found the device’s FCC report and noted that the new model appears to have gained a rear-facing speaker. In addition to the image above, which shows off an Alexa blue light bar on top of the device, Dave has found marketing materials that confirm Alexa is in tow. Read more ›
Amazon’s Alexa has been able to directly control smart thermostats for over a year now, but one glaring omission has been its inability to tell you anything about the thermostats current state. While you could always ask Alexa to set a temperature, you couldn’t request what the thermostat was set to or request to hear the actual current indoor temperature, leaving many to resort to using third-party Alexa Skills for those tasks. Amazon has now finally updated their Alexa Smart Home Skill API to support thermostat requests. Read more ›
It seems like every week Alexa on the Amazon Echo and Fire TV is gaining more and more ways to control smart home devices, and this week is no exception. Ecobee, makers of the 2nd most popular wifi thermostat, second only to Nest, have announced that Alexa on the Amazon Echo can now be used to control the Ecobee3 thermostat. As you’d expect, owners of the Ecobee3 can say “Alexa, set my thermostat to 72” or other similar phrases to easily change the temperature. It’s unclear at this time if Alexa on the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick will also gain this new ability.