Amazon Alexa Can Control the Complete Room Entertainment System With Logitech Harmony Remotes

October 27 2016, 03:10
Logitech announced a new Amazon Alexa skill that enables voice control of the entire living room entertainment experience using a Logitech Harmony Hub remote control with Alexa-enabled devices such as the Amazon Echo or Echo Dot. When the skill is enabled on Amazon Echo or Amazon Echo Dot, users can start and stop Harmony Activities, control entertainment devices, or even select favorite channels, using only their voice. 

Do you thought that new voice-controlled connected devices would bring be the end of dedicated remote controls? Think again. Now with the new Control Logitech Harmony hub-based remotes with voice control, powered by Amazon’s Alexa, users can simply say “Alexa, turn on the TV,” or “Alexa, turn on Netflix” to control the TV as well as other entertainment and smart home devices, and Harmony “makes it happen.”

“This new capability is both practical and fun for our users,” said Renee Niemi, general manager of the smart home business at Logitech. “We’ve been working closely with Amazon to deliver robust voice control of your smart home using a Harmony hub-based remote and an Alexa-enabled device - and if you don’t have Harmony yet, just say ‘Alexa, order a Harmony Hub’ and have one delivered.”

With Harmony Activities, different actions and more than 270,000 devices can be combined to bring an entire scene to life. For example, users can say, “Alexa, turn on my evening activity,” and Amazon Echo or Echo Dot and Alexa will use Logitech Harmony to start a series of actions that user has previously defined, such as turning the TV to HBO, bringing down the blinds and dimming the smart lights — all at once.

“The Alexa experience just got smarter, thanks to our friends at Logitech,” says Rob Pulciani director of Alexa at Amazon. “Logitech Harmony is an innovator in entertainment and smart home control, and together through this new Alexa skill and the Harmony hub-based remote, we’re bringing voice control of the living room entertainment experience to Alexa and Harmony customers.”

Logitech continually creates new experiences for Harmony remotes, so users always have access to the latest home entertainment and control experiences. These updates are delivered for free and over the air to the company’s remotes, so users can be assured that their purchases will continue to deliver the key features they will want tomorrow.

The Logitech Harmony Alexa skill will be available now in the U.S. and will be available in the UK in the coming months (English only…). To take advantage of this new capability, users just need to launch the Alexa app on their smartphone and select Smart Home from the left-hand navigation menu, Get More Smart Home Skills, and search for ‘Harmony.’ A Logitech hub-based remote such as the Logitech Harmony Elite or Logitech Harmony Companion is required. 
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