OK, so for the last two decades Swiss Smarthomes have been the sole preserve of the rich . eg Projects costing a minimum of 15,000 Sfr have been the norm
Luckily for you, the smart home business has been disrupted by the introduction of many new low cost smart home technologies, including the Amazon Echo family of voice controllers. The Echo is already installed in 3 million American homes , making it the largest voice operated assistant there is. Its launch in Europe ensures you need not be left behind by the wonderful world of voice activation.
The Issue - OK so getting Alexa to Play your Music or Read your Books, or even tell you a joke is easy , BUT figuring out how to integrate a Smart Hub ( Which one ? ) and Control your Lights , Sockets , Thermostats ( Which Brands ? ) , TV , DVD Player , Home Security, etc etc is not . Your Home is unique , as is your budget . Unless you want to spend hours poring through Manuals, Books or IOT Recipes, looking for Compatible Options, you need help Its just not Plug & Play right now, and most likely never will be.
Who Are We ?
We are Geeks. This website is in English , as our proposition is twofold.
Firstly , Using Amazon Echo skills coupled with Smarthome hubs and other gizmos we automate your lighting, heating TV etc . We can provide the technology , ( Echo is not currently shipping to Switzerland , so we can help with that ) or just the consulting service you need to get the best solution set up .
That may be a moving feast, as IOT ( Internet of Things ) is a rapidly changing area , and we will stay ahead of the curve for you . eg
We promise you wont need to care what IEEE 802.15.14 is !! ZigBee versus ZWave, who cares ? We will..
Secondly , hone your use of English, as our founder is English speaking, and a long time fan of everything Amazon, from Prime to Kindle, to Audible.com to Amazon Music Unlmited…. He’s been running Amazon Fire TV and Echo in Zurich for many long years .
Why Now ?
You can get started with an Amazon Echo Dot plus Philips Hue , costing less than 200 Sfr . Voice control your Music Collection through Spotify or Amazon Music.
We will guide you in adding more and more Skills to your Amazon based platform.
If you want to really explore SmartHome integrations with Alexa, then we would get you set up with a SmartThings Hub from Samsung. This Hub is rated No 1 , but not easily available in continental Europe.
Your kids will love Alexa. She now speaks both English and High German, and you can switch her between them.
What about Google ?
Belatedly , Google has entered the home voice activated market, 3 years after Amazon, with Google Home . Its pricey compared to Echo Dot OK and lacks all the Amazon Echo integration . It is one to watch though , especially if Google changes policy, and offers Google Assistant on all Android Phones.
What about Apple ?
Forgetaboutit , as Home Kit is closed , pricey and proprietary . You want value for money ? Then love Amazon and don’t shop at Bahnhofstrasse 77.
If you happen to have an Iphone , there is an IOS version for the Alexa App, just so you don’t miss out
What Now ?
If you want to dip your toe in this water, use the Contact button above, or call us on 079 375 2253 Our initial guidance ( in English) by phone, is free. If in doubt :
Voice Control your Home with your new Amazon Echo