Amazon is challenging Google's Nest with a $60 Alexa-enabled Smart Thermostat. The thermostat is Energy Star certified and allows users to control their home's temperature and use Alexa to set custom routines for heating and cooling.
The Smart Thermostat is a first for Amazon, which billed the gadget as part of its larger sustainability efforts. The company said it worked with Resideo, the company that makes Honeywell Home thermostats, to create the product, which was designed to be compatible with “most” existing 24V HVAC systems.
So far, Amazon hasn't said much about the device itself, though it appears to be relatively basic compared to some smart thermostat setups. Though the thermostat can be controlled with Alexa, it requires a separate Echo or other Alexa-enabled device to use. The device is also compatible with Hunches, an Alexa-powered feature that allows the assistant to act based on your previous actions without the need for a separate command. For example, the thermostat could automatically adjust the temperature if it has a "hunch" that you've left the house or gone to bed.
But at just $60, the price could be a big draw for those who already use Amazon's smart home products. Additionally, some people may be eligible for rebates via their utility provider, which could bring the price down to as low as $10, Amazon said. The Smart Thermostat is available now for pre-order, and will start shipping November 4th.
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