Just out of interest, has anyone else on here invested in the Amazon Echo system yet? I've dipped my toe in the water over the past few weeks and bought a few toys to play with. It's been amazing, and a bit mind boggling at the same time, but everything is now set up and working fine (which was a surprise! ).
For anyone that doesn't know, the system is basically a voice activated controller which can be used to ask questions, control lights and heating, play music etc using the wake up word "Alexa". Full details can be seen here: https://www.amazon.com/Amazon-Echo-Bluetooth-Speaker-with-WiFi-Alexa/dp/B00X4WHP5E
My kit so far comprises:
2 Echo Dots (1 in the main bedroom, and 1 in the lounge)
A Philips Hue bridge and 6 Smart bulbs
A Philips "Hue Go" colour changing lamp
I've got bulbs in 2 bedside lamps and 1 in the ceiling pendant light in my main bedroom. No plans to add any more upstairs at the moment. Downstairs there are bulbs in 2 table lamps in the dining room, and 1 in a table lamp in the hallway, plus the Hue Go lamp in the lounge, which adds a nice colour wash onto the walls. I will add a few Smart plugs to power a couple of table lamps in the lounge at some stage, but they are proving difficult to source at the moment, probably due to high demand... Other than that, I'll stick with what I've got for now, and see how it goes. My "investment" at the moment is around 300-ish quid, but the costs can soon get out of control if you're not careful (a bit like watch collecting in that respect... )
I've also hooked up an old Panasonic home cinema amplifier and speakers/sub woofer, with a bluetooth receiver (which I already had), and that works perfectly as well.
I'd be interested to hear of anyone's experiences, good or bad, or even if anyone is daft enough to fall for all the marketing hype like I have