Well, this is exciting news for any home automation geek (such as myself) that uses an Amazon Echo for voice control, contact and motion sensors can now be connected to Alexa allowing changes in sensor state to trigger Alexa Routines using the new Contact and Motion Sensor APIs.
Now when I first saw this headline on the Alexa Blog I immediately assumed this would only be for the Amazon Echo Plus and sensors would have to be paired directly with it. Well, I am glad to say I was wrong. Amazon has released the new Contact and Motion Sensor APIs allowing smart device skills to be updated and now bring in these sensors. Now I am a SmartThings user who has been using the Smart Apps Ask Alexa and webCoRE to do most of what this will enable, but I am still excited none the less.
I was pleasantly surprised this morning when I went into my Alexa App and rediscovered devices that my sensors from SmartThings had now been pulled in. Over the next few days, I will be playing around with creating routines based off of them and will report back to you on how everything goes. I have also checked with a Wink System that I have running and unfortunately Wink is not yet utilizing the Contact and Motion Sensor APIs but hopefully, that will change over the coming days.
What do you think about being able to use your smart home Contact and Motion Sensors to trigger Alexa Routines? How will you use this? Let me know in the comments below.
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