Amazon is working on a pair of smart glasses with Alexa capabilities, according to a report by the Financial Times. The retailer is said to also be working on a home security camera that works with the Echo Show’s ability to view live camera feeds, which is a feature that will also be coming to the Fire TV and newly revealed Fire HD 10. Read more ›
Amazon currently has the Arlo 5 Camera Security System on sale for $399.99, which is the new lowest price this kit has ever been. While the Amazon page may say this discount is $230 off the retail price, the regular price of this camera kit is usually around $550, so this sale is really saving you about $150. These are among the top cameras I recommend for Amazon device owners because Arlo was a launch partner with Amazon when they added security camera support to Alexa. Currently, you can view a live feed of these cameras through the Echo Show, but support for viewing the feed on any Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition television is coming very soon. You will also be able to listen to a live audio feed from these cameras through any Echo or Echo Dot soon as well. Read more ›
Sam Machin has built his own camera that’s compatible with Alexa’s live feed viewing feature. He’s the one who created the first web interface for Alexa, as well as a $10 Echo and other interesting Alexa hacks. Using a Raspberry Pi, a camera module, and some code that he has published on GitHub, Machin has rolled his own camera that can be called up at will on the Echo Show. He has provided instructions on GitHub for how to make your own Alexa compatible camera.
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.