Amazon clearly has big plans for Echo as more than just a wireless speaker that can deliver information. The company sees the device as a command hub for the home and a sort of central brain that can do all sorts of things.
These first home automation functions are likely just the beginning as Amazon rolls out more ways to control your house through Echo. The company is also opening up the platform to developers, which should result in increased functionality via third-party apps.
Echo is huge for Amazon because it replaces the smartphone, tablet, or computer as the home's central control device. That's great for the retailer, but it also could be very good for the future of home automation. Voice command, which Echo does very well, is a much more natural way to control a house than typing on a device.
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