12/17/16 Weekly Summary

Here’s the LME 12/17/16 Weekly Summary: links to all of the previous week’s posts along with a brief summary of each. Click through on the links to view the full post for any you’re interested in.



12/12/16 Stupid Alexa Tricks
No theme this week, just some fun queries and phrases to try on Alexa.

12/13/16 AlexaDev Tuesday – Alexa Skill Prototyping With Sayspring
Developer Mark C. Webster explains Alexa skill prototyping with Sayspring, a new tool he created and is making available for free to individual developers.

12/14/16 – Smart Home On A Budget: Alternative Alexa Devices
Alternative Alexa devices make it even more affordable to get started with smart home on a budget, by choosing devices with added tech functionality.

12/16/16 Freebie Friday: Classic Lit & Lincoln Audiobooks
An Abraham Lincoln collection, an entire library of classic literature, plus an Audible drama title for Amazon’s UK customers only.


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Echo owners looking for an alternative to Philips/HUE in the smart home starter kit area will want to take a look at the Samsung SmartThings Hub and Outlet Bundle (UK visitors click here). Samsung lists over 100 smart home devices that are compatible with their SmartThings Hub, such as Cree smart bulbs, GE smart switches, dimmers and outlets, Kwikset smart locks, Leviton smart bulbs, switches, dimmers and outlets, and more. Alexa can communicate with the SmartThings hub, and the SmartThings hub communicates with the various connected smart home devices. If you’d like to do some further research, see the Smart Things posts in the Home Automation subreddit for tips, questions and answers from Smart Things Hub owners.

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