What is a Home Assistant?
It’s not something that will make you a brew (yet!) but it is a digital assistant that can help create shopping list, play music and control other devices. These are not the silver bullet to home automation yet, but they will play an ever increasing part of it. Currently there is only two options in this space. Amazon’s Echo with Alexa and Google Home Assistant. One of the biggest hurdles that could be faced with these devices, is not feeling silly talking to a computer. Once you get use to that it becomes a very useful tool in the home automation world. Although these are essential smart speakers, these are not of the quality an audiophile would ever dream of listening to music through. For the average person it would be acceptable quality of sound. But is not a replacement for a sound system like Sonos.
The Amazon Echo was the first on the scene with a device like this. The technology existed in other forms on devices such as Siri on iPhone, and the Android and Microsoft versions. The Echo runs Amazon version of the digital assistant which is Alexa. The Echo also come in small form factor call Echo Dot which does exactly the same thing in a smaller form factor and is also a third of the price. The down side being the sound quality is poorer.