The home technology world has fully adopted the phrase “smart” and has seemingly attached it to everything from speakers for home audio to light bulbs for lighting control. Everywhere you look, you see and hear the word smart used to describe nearly everything in the world of technology. The latest buzz in home technology revolves around voice control of all these smart devices.
While smart devices have become the norm, having a true smart home requires a professional system that ties all these individual devices into one place. With that accomplished, the next step for any homeowner who wants the best in home technology is to add voice control. Physical remote controls still have their place in the home, and FPA certainly recommends them for every room with a TV, but voice commands truly enhance the home experience.
Voice control has slowly creeped into everyone’s world. With the explosion of smart phones, nearly everyone has a voice assistant in their pocket. Over the last few years, Amazon brought voice control into the home with their Alexa products. Cost is no longer a barrier to adding a voice assistant to any home. Unfortunately, most consumer products were never intended to be the smart home hub for your voice controlled home of the future. They were designed to sell products easier or provide easy access to music streaming.
Alexa, and others, have made controlling smart devices accessible to nearly anyone. But, they fall desperately short of being reliable and easy to use when controlling a complete home automation system. While there are still improvements to be made, professional voice control solutions do exist and should be considered standard when adding voice control to any professionally designed home technology system.