Hive integrates with Amazon Alexa to let you manage your home – simply by speaking to it
Hive, a leader in smart home technology, has today announced a partnership with Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service, allowing people to control their heating, lighting and plugged-in devices – simply by speaking to them.
Working in tandem in the home with Amazon’s voice-activated speaker, Amazon Echo, Hive technology will now respond to spoken commands through Alexa, allowing people to effortlessly manage their home just by saying “Alexa, tell Hive to set the temperature to 22 degrees” or “Alexa, tell Hive to turn the living room light on”.
The Hive team has so far discovered more than 80 different ways that we phrase requests in the UK, meaning Hive with Alexa will understand you if you ask it to ‘bosh my lights on’ and ‘crank the heating up’ – it will even respond accordingly if the power goes to your head and you choose to proclaim, “Alexa, tell Hive ‘Let there be light’”!
Voice control functionality will be available for Hive Active HeatingTM, Hive Active LightsTM and Hive Active PlugsTM, enabling people to turn on or off a fan, the radio, a TV, or indeed anything that you have plugged into your Hive-powered smart home.
Nina Bhatia, Managing Director of Centrica Connected Home, said:
“We are passionate about giving customers easy ways to manage their homes, so we are very excited to introduce voice control to Hive.
People can now manage their home simply by talking to it, whether that’s asking for the hot water to be turned on when the kids come home from school, or turning the lights off as you leave for work.
This is not some kind of far-away future technology. Speaking to your home, and having it respond, has arrived.”
Hive, a British Gas innovation, will work with Amazon Alexa and Amazon’s voice-activated product range, including the newly launched hands-free speaker Echo, from 28 September. More advanced functionality, such as the ability to control multi-zone heating setups, precisely dim lighting and use more conversational spoken commands, will roll out throughout October.