Lenovo builds smart home assistant
- Author: Latoya Cobb Jan 08, 2017,
Jan 08, 2017, 0:20
Samsung's being one-upped in the smart refrigerator game by LG, thanks to a new fridge with a bigger display and support for Amazon Alexa.
Sure, Alexa has been the voice activated personal assistant on Amazon Echo devices, but is it ready to handle tasks barked at it by phone users?
Ford Motors has also announced that they have teamed up with Amazon to bring Alexa to Ford models with SYNC feature, The Christian Science Monitor reported. With the integration of Amazon Alexa, ADT customers will now be able to arm and disarm their security system using voice commands and a secure PIN, according to a press release. Alexa is now integrated with other devices like Smartwatches, cars, home devices making more useful than ever.
"We don't want consumers picking up their smartphone and texting inside the vehicles", says Don Butler, executive director of Ford Connected Vehicle and Services.
Ford will be using its Sync 3 to integrate Alexa into a vehicle system.
And since the ref uses Amazon's Alexa Voice Service, you have access to more than 6,000 skills that the digital assistant can do.
Huawei is hoping to grab a larger share of the USA smartphone market by adding Amazon's Alexa intelligent assistant to its flagship Mate 9 handset. Ford will roll out its Alexa integration in two phases. Also similar to the home version of Alexa, drivers will be able to control smart devices in their home via the mobile app, such as WiFi enabled lights. Ford will introduce the feature in three existing electric Fords: the Fusion Electric, Fusion Energi, and C-MAX Energi, as a free upgrade to its built-in Sync 3 tech platform.