The Amazon Echo and other standalone voice control devices are currently staples for controlling connected smart home gadgets. But that might change soon with the rumored Ecobee4 thermostat, according to a report today, April 17, by Dave Zatz.
Zatz's report claims Ecobee has a new thermostat in the works -- the Ecobee4 -- that will have Alexa voice control capabilities integrated into the thermostat's hardware. An Ecobee representative said, "We cannot comment on rumors or speculation" when I reached out for comment.
Ecobee has been closing in on the Nest Learning Thermostat ever since it introduced its . Not only does the Ecobee3 work with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Samsung SmartThings, Wink and IFTTT, it also comes with a remote sensor. This device helps to track whether or not you're home, as well as offering a second data point for ambient temperature readings. Nest still doesn't offer that functionality.
Ecobee is also appealing to a broader audience as it introduces newer models like theat a lower price than the original Ecobee3 (and the Nest).
The Ecobee4 wouldn't be the first smart thermostat to offer built-in voice capabilities.preceded the Alexa-, Siri- and Google-Assistant-integrated smart home. Still, it worked in much the same way. Using the wake phrase, "Hello, Thermostat," gave you a series of voice control options such as, "Make it (1-10) degrees warmer/cooler" and "I'm feeling hot/cold."
We'll continue to track down details on the rumored Ecobee4, so check back soon.