Amazon Echo Adds Smart Home Integration

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Back in November when Amazon launched Echo—an intriguing hybrid of connected speaker and virtual assistant—we wondered about its potential in becoming a control hub for smart home devices. Today, Amazon announced a software update for Echo, which will add support for a variety of connected home devices from companies such as WeMo and Philips. This will enables users to, for example, turn on Hue lights in the hallway or turn off the coffee maker plugged into Smart Switch by WeMo, all by voice command.