Ecobee made their 4th Generation Thermostat with Alexa built in official today, but it had been rumored for some time now – so it didn’t have much surprise behind it. In fact, everything about the device – including the $249 price tag – was pretty much expected. And if that was the only announcement made, it would definitely appear to be a little underwhelming.
But the company had other plans, and the biggest surprise of the ecobee 4 announcement wasn’t even the ecobee 4 – it was a whole new product.
The company announced their initiative of “whole home voice”, a concept that some people already attempt to achieve with multiple Echo and Echo Dot’s throughout their home. However, ecobee wants to make it easier – while making the home more comfortable as well.
With that in mind, the company announced the ecobee smart light switch, a device which replaces a traditional light switch, allowing for automation of lighting by monitoring daylight and occupancy. The switch also functions as an ecobee sensor (which can replace the separate little white pucks the company currently sells) which allows the ecobee to monitor the temperature in other areas of the home for better heating and cooling.
While all of this sounds intriguing, the standout feature of the smart light switch is that like the ecobee 4, it too also comes with Alexa built in; which will allow the lightswitch to pull triple duty – and has the potential to become a product that signals that the company has a vision that extends beyond smart thermostats.
Although the company didn’t announce pricing or a specific release date, it says it will be available later this year. You can find more details on their website and sign up for announcements regarding the device as well.
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