Home automation-WOW Alexa

Alexa lowrez

I tried automating my home some twelve years ago. It was a disaster so I eventually removed all of the hardware and software that never worked well.

A couple of years ago I tried home automation again. The system from Apple it wasn’t quite as bad. I do a lot of cooking so I use the timer function often. About half the time when I tried to start the timer my Apple Watch would send the message “Wait I’ll tap you when I’m ready”. The only way to get it to work was say, “Set timer to five minutes and thirty seconds you stupid piece of s***”. Then the timer would start but the full message including “you stupid piece of s***” would even show up. But the timer would start. It may seem silly but I don’t like to cuss even at a machine. It was frustrating!

Alexz2 lowrezI didn’t give up but I did try something different for me. In the last year I’ve seen a lot of email from Amazon about their echo system so I chose to give it a try. Late Tuesday I received the Echo Plus I ordered from Amazon. What a difference!

When I set it up after supper I was amazed how easy it was. In half an hour I had a workable home automation system going. I had to force myself to go to bed and stop playing.

In twenty-four hours I still haven’t had to cuss at Alexa. I’ve found things I don’t like hearing someone’s voice when I requested instrumental blues music. That is a minor glitch I am having a blast exploring Alexa. It is fun and easy!