Ecobee has lengthy been a mainstay of the sensible thermostat area (and a chief rival of Nest). However this yr, it is mixing issues up with the Ecobee Swap Plus, a Wi-Fi-connected mild swap full of smarts of its personal. Together with sensors for movement, ambient mild and temperature, the Swap Plus additionally features a microphone, a speaker and the software program that powers Amazon’s digital assistant, Alexa. Discuss to this sensible swap, and it will speak again.
This integration makes the Swap Plus Ecobee’s second gadget with built-in Alexa voice controls. Couple that with the truth that Amazon’s Alexa fund simply contributed to a $61 million funding spherical for Ecobee, and it is fairly clear who the first platform accomplice is right here. That stated, like different Ecobee merchandise, the Swap additionally works with Google and Apple HomeKit for voice controls by way of the Google Assistant and Siri, respectively. You may also join it with SmartThings, or automate it on the free on-line platform IFTTT.
The associated fee for all of that’s $100, which is fairly excessive so far as sensible mild switches are involved. You may get Lutron’s Caseta Switches and Belkin’s WeMo Dimmer, which each obtained good opinions right here on Proinertech, for much less. Every of these may even dim the lights — Ecobee’s Swap will not. It additionally would not work in three-way setups the place your mild is linked to a couple of swap.