"Alexa, hit the heat": Getting Amazon Echo to work with Nest
Hey, I'm here checking out how the Amazon Echo works with the Nest learning thermostat.
Now these are two very popular smart home devices, but they don't directly work with one another out of the box.
You have to sync them both up with the free online automation service IFTTT.
Now to do this, you're going to need to activate both the Amazon Echo channel and the Nest channel on IFTTT And in the amazon [UNKNOWN] channel you can actually specify exactly what you wanna say to trigger a recipe.
So I can make a recipe that says whenever I say trigger the [UNKNOWN] [UNKNOWN] 68 degrees that's what will happen.
But you need to make a recipe for each degree and each setting you want to go to.
So here in the [UNKNOWN] smart home we've got twenty or thirty recipes to control all the possible things we might say.
That gets a little bit [UNKNOWN] but it did work flawlessly in our test.
And in all it is a really good example of how Amazon has successfully leveraged third party integration to help make echo a more useful smart home device.