The Amazon Echo continues its fast paced expansion of capabilities with the latest update which now allows it to control Wink compatible smart home products. When the Echo gained Philips Hue and Belkin WeMo support, it was its first step into smart home conrol. The Wink Hub, which is now supported by the Echo, opens the voice controlled speaker to a wider selection of products using a variety of protocols like: Z-wave, Zigbee, and ClearConnect. If you’re not sold on Philips’ Hue line of products, for example, this new support for Wink greatly expands the number of smart products that can be controlled by the Echo. At right around $10, GE’s Wink compatible smart bulb is a much more affordable option than Philips’ $80 two bulb Hue kit.
Now that the Amazon Echo is out of beta and available for purchase by anyone, the quickly growing number of compatible devices is sure to accelerate. The recent release of Echo and Alexa developer tools should make for some interesting new features as well.