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    environmental control unit?voice-activated

    I'm not sure if this is the proper placement for this post, but I'm looking for input. I'm using a voice controlled environmental control system by Tash (sicare pilot). From what I'm understanding, it is not even available to purchase anymore. I would appreciate any input someone could provide me with what they are using to mainly control TV, lights, possibly bed, and fan. I would want it to be 100% voice-activated and preferably independent of the computer. Thank you in advance.

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    The Amazon Echo, when used with smart switches and plugs can control a multitude of devices.

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    Lots of ECU manufacturers have gone out of business in the last few years, and others have discontinued their products. Voice activated systems are few and far between.

    A search on AbleData.com will show you a few that are available.

    http://www.saje-tech.com/ecu.html

    https://www.ablenetinc.com/catalog/product/view/id/265/

    http://www.qtiusa.com/product_description.aspx?ProdID=4

    http://www.broadenedhorizons.com/voiceir

    http://www.belkin.com/us/Products/ho...me-automation/

    (KLD)

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    I have a Harmony Hub in my living room. Using voice commands with the Amazon Echo in my living room I can turn the living room TV on, off or mute, as well as turning on my Roku player going to Netflix, HBO, Showtime, etc. I can also turn on my AVR by voice, as well as my DVD player.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PN View Post
    I have a Harmony Hub in my living room. Using voice commands with the Amazon Echo in my living room I can turn the living room TV on, off or mute, as well as turning on my Roku player going to Netflix, HBO, Showtime, etc. I can also turn on my AVR by voice, as well as my DVD player.
    I was wondering if you knew whether or not the Echo Dot would also work with the Harmony Hub?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tinern View Post
    I was wondering if you knew whether or not the Echo Dot would also work with the Harmony Hub?
    I'm struggling with setting up my equipment. I purchased a Harmony Hub and the Echo Dot. I have a Samsung Smart TV 43 inch nu 6900 series 2160p 4k and DirecTV
    I want to access my Amazon Prime Video.
    I purchased everything at Best Buy. I told the salesman I needed everything to be hands-free. He originally was directed to a Fire Stick. I would love any input. I very technology
    challenged.

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    I've been having a problem getting my TV to turn via voice lately. As soon as I figure it out, I'll try to help you out.

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    I've been using a Quartet ECU for 25 years. It's still running strong. I can control my tv, cable box, phone lights, door openers, thermostat etc.

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    Wow make life much more simple and a lot less costly...by pass all the extra cost and simply do it from your cell phone with Apple Home or Android phones with products like Nest for your heat and AC, light switches, ceiling fans etc. We have added a wemo switch because my Wife forgets to unplug her curlers so we can check when we are away from home and just turn them off.

    We also use it to control are TV, we have cameras so we can keep an eye on our home, open the garage and the list keep going.

    Very simple to set up and a lot more cost effective as technology grows!


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