I have a smart TV and a smart phone, but I have not made any progress moving toward a smart home yet. The only thing that I use my smart TV for is watching Netflix and I hardly ever turn on my smart phone. I have been thinking about getting the second-generation Echo Show which looks divinely delicious, as it basically gives you Alexa with a smart display, but it is pricy, selling for $169.99 at the moment. I like the clock feature, but I could get that with the much cheaper Echo Show 5 at $49, or even the Echo Dot for $22. I am in no hurry, so I can take my time to decide being the fastidious person that I am. I don’t want to live inside a shell like a snail for the rest of my life, so I will try to decipher which device bests suits me, although the further behind I get, the bigger this task becomes.
Can Alexa do anything uplifting for me? The new Amazon Show has an integrated smart home hub, which would allow me to connect smart bulbs, switches and other devices that use the ZigBee wireless protocol straight to this device without the need for another hub and this would allow me to join in on the smart home revolution. I don’t have any smart cameras or doorbell and driveway sensors, but once I get used to the new device, maybe I can hook some things up to give me added security. If I go out at night, I can have Alexa leave the lights on for me till I return. I don’t plan on using the front-facing camera for video chats like Skype, but it is a nice feature.
It would be nice to have something that will let me see weather forecasts, create a shopping list, look at upcoming appointments in my calendar, browse a to-do list, or allow me to listen to my favorite music. I probably will not take advantage of the Echo Show’s onboard Wi-Fi adapter to connect to my home network which would facilitate communication among devices like my desktop computer or my printer, but since my home has wired ethernet, I can plug a USB-to-ethernet adapter into its rear Micro-USB port and benefit from the reliability of that connection and its fast response. Having a ZigBee smart home hub will allow me to say, “Alexa, discover my devices”, and the Echo Show will discover and set up all compatible devices so I can control them with my voice or manage them on-screen and then I could take pride in how smart I am.
Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Decipher, for Roger Shipp’s Daily Addictions prompt – Snail, for the Daily Spur prompt – Pride, for FOWC with Fandango – Task, for December Writing Prompts – Divinely delicious, for Ragtag Community – Fastidious, for Di’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Leave Response Join and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Uplifting.