One of the great features unique to the Amazon Echo Show is that it can be used to view live feeds from your home security cameras. That feature won’t be exclusive to the Echo Show for long because Amazon has announced that it will soon be coming to the Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition televisions. You will soon be able to say “Alexa, show my [camera name]” to the Fire TV’s voice remote and immediately see a live feed of that camera on your television. Alexa’s ability to view security cameras on the Echo Show has only been available for about a month, but there are already dozens of compatible cameras that work with Alexa, with more manufacturers being added regularly. The most popular Alexa compatible security cameras are from Ring, Arlo, and Nest.
Amazon today announced additional details about the new security camera capabilities of Alexa. Along with that announcement, it was revealed that Alexa devices without a screen, like the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot, will also have access to live feeds from security cameras. Obviously, since those devices don’t have screens, you won’t be able to view a camera feed using them, but you will be able to say something like “Alexa, listen to the baby’s room” to hear a live audio feed of a particular security camera. While that’s not nearly as useful as viewing a camera, it’s better than nothing. This is also a good indication that easy access to security cameras using Alexa will be coming to other Alexa-enabled devices, like the Fire TV and Fire tablets.
Amazon has today announced developer details about their security camera integration with Alexa. The Amazon Echo Show will be released next week and we already know you’ll be able to call up a live feed of your security camera by simply asking Alexa. This announcement doesn’t reveal any new features, but it does show more camera manufacturers are on board. Support for Arlo and Ring cameras were already revealed with the announcement of the Echo Show, but now we know that cameras from Nest, August, EZViz, Vivint, Amcrest, and IC Realtime will also be support. With the new developer options, other security camera manufactures should be able to easily add Alexa support as well. Nothing official has been said about security camera access through Alexa on devices other than the Echo Show yet, but I fully expect you’ll be able to ask Alexa on the Fire TV to view a live feed of your security camera in the coming months.