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Testing out the new August skill for AlexaWe put Amazon's Alexa in charge of locking the deadbolt.
[MUSIC] Hey everyone. So we're here to check out the new integration between Amazon Alexa and the August Smart Lock. So we have a first generation August Smart Lock on the front door there. Over here in the table, it's a little dark I'm not sure you can see, got an Amazon Echo Dot device. So the idea is that now you can do some basic controls through Echo to control the August Smart Lock with your voice. So to give you an idea of the setup here. So, we've got the lock on the door, we've got the Dot on the table there and down here we've got the August Connect, which is the piece you're going to need in order for this to work. And what that does is it's a bridge Between the lock and the Wi-Fi network and that's how Alexa talks to the lock is through Wi-Fi. So there are only a few commands we can do here. Here's one. Alexa, tell August to lock the front door. I asked August to lock front door. To update the status, would you like me to check the state of the lock? Alexa, tell August to check the state of the lock. [MUSIC] August checked the front door and it was locked. What would you like to do next? So one thing you can't do yet with Alexa and August is unlock the door. August tells us that's coming but they still need to work out some of the security detail so heads up for that. It may also eventually become a native integration with Alexa, so you won't have to do that extra Alexa tell August. Step you can simply say, Alexa lock the front door, and it should work. Those are the basics of the new integration between August and Alexa. Thanks for watching. [SOUND]