Amazon Expands Alexa Smart Home Capabilities to TVs, AV Receivers, and IR Hubs
Late last week, Amazon rolled out a new set of smart home capabilities for its Alexa voice assistant service aimed at making entertainment more, um, vocal. In a statement, Amazon announced a suite of entertainment controls had been made available in the Smart Home Skill API for Alexa. Added functionality includes things like volume control, powering products on and off, switching inputs, and more, and they apply to a range of products that include cloud-connected TVs, AV receivers, IR hubs, and connected speakers.
At launch, the new skills were available for entertainment devices from Sony, Logitech Harmony, and BroadLink with Denon, Crestron, LG, and Pulse-Eight coming soon.
“Customers are increasingly using voice interfaces as a hands-free way to manage their lives,” Amazon said in a statement directed to developers and manufacturers. “By using Alexa’s built-in entertainment device controls, you will make it easier for your customers to engage with your device using voice.”