It might look like you're uttering a prayer, but the Onelink Safe & Sound invites you to give a voice command to your ceiling. The newest smart smoke detector from First Alert is on display at CES in Las Vegas, and it has an awesome new feature -- built-in voice services through either or .
The Onelink Safe & Sound combines a smart smoke and CO detector with a smart speaker. First Alert will offer two varieties of the Safe & Sound: one equipped with Alexa and one with Google Assistant.
Alexa is Amazon's digital assistant popularized by the Amazon Echo ($100 at Dell). The Google Assistant powers the competitive Google Home ($99 at Walmart). With either model, you'll be able ask this smoke detector to play music, control your smart home, set a reminder, search the internet or perform any of your assistant's skills. It also has a built-in multicolored nightlight.
Onelink describes your ceiling as a great acoustic backdrop for a speaker, and I actually believe that, as the wide uniform surface should help direct sound into the room. Whether or not First Alert can fit a good speaker and microphones into a smoke detector without sacrificing safety is something we'll need to test.
First Alert certainly isn't the first company to build Alexa into a unique device. In fact, we saw ain 2017 ranging from to to to . That said, since your smoke detector has to be there anyway, it might as well do something cool. We're finally starting to see .
In addition to voice-enabled smarts, the Safe & Sound will send you notifications when your alarm sounds. Hopefully, those notifications will arrive promptly, as slow notifications were an issue with the previouswe tested.
The Safe & Sound will only be available as a hardwired detector. First Alert's other smart detector had wired and battery-powered versions. The decision to offer only wired detectors this time makes sense, as an always-listening microphone likely draws a lot of power and could kill a battery quickly.
A smoke detector combined with the abilities of a smart speaker certainly sounds appealing, and as long as the Safe & Sound combines all the pieces into a competent whole, this could be an awesome smart gadget. First Alert hasn't announced pricing or availability for the Onelink Safe & Sound yet. Stay tuned for updates as we find out more info at CES.
Update 7:45 p.m. PT: Adds information on the Google Assistant-powered version of the device.