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Our 5 favorite Alexa-enabled devices aren’t even made by Amazon

February 23rd, 2017 at 8:24 AM
Best Alexa Accessories 2017

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No one could have possibly known when Amazon first unveiled the Echo speaker that Alexa would quickly become one of the hottest products in tech. The company’s voice-powered virtual assistant began life as a way for Amazon customers to order more products and maybe get answers to a few simple questions here and there, but Alexa has now morphed into a very capable AI assistant with capabilities that expand each day.

Beyond the capabilities Amazon continues to bake into Alexa, third-party hardware makers also now have access to Amazon’s assistant. And guess what: they’re making awesome products that Amazon never even dreamed of. In this post, you’ll find details on our current five favorite Alexa-enabled devices and as it turns out, not one of them is made by Amazon.

Nucleus Anywhere Intercom

  • Nucleus is a family communication device that connects you with the people you love, whether they’re downstairs or across the country.
  • Make instant calls from room to room, home to home, or mobile to home.
  • Connects to the internet via WiFi, Ethernet, or Power over Ethernet
  • Designed for Everyone: We designed Nucleus with the kids and Grandma in mind, making it easier than ever to set up and just say “hello.”
  • Chat on the go: Use the mobile app to check in with from anywhere. Please note that the Nucleus companion mobile app is compatible with iPhone 5s or later and Android 5 or later.
  • Alexa-Enabled, Just Ask: Ask Alexa to listen to your favorite songs, hear the news, check the weather, control your smart home, and more
  • Private and secure: Built-in privacy and do not disturb modes
  • Ultra Wide Angle HD camera: lets you see the whole room and everyone in it
Nucleus Anywhere Intercom with Amazon Alexa, 2 Pack Price: Buy Now Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission

TP-Link Smart Plug Mini

  • Remote Access: Control devices connected to the Smart Plug wherever you have Internet using the free Kasa app on your smartphone
  • Scheduling: Schedule the Smart Plug to automatically power electronics on and off as needed, like setting lights to come on at dusk or turn off at sunrise
  • Away Mode: Turns your devices on and off at different times to give the appearance that someone is home
  • Amazon Echo Voice Control: Amazon Echo (sold separately) lets you control devices connected to the Smart Plugs just using your voice
  • Compact design blends into your power outlet without blocking adjacent sockets
Kasa Smart HS105 Mini WiFi Smart Plug tplink, 1-Pack, White Price:$9.99 Buy Now Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission

ZeroTouch Air Vent Car Mount

  • ZEROTOUCH: The only car mount with voice control and Alexa integration
  • VOICE AND GESTURE INTERFACE: Control your phone with a wave and the sound of your voice. For Alexa skills, simply wave and say “Alexa….”
  • JUST ASK ALEXA: Wave to activate your phone, then speak as you would with Alexa at home
  • HANDS-FREE: Text, Calling, Chat, Music, Navigation, Email, and Calendar.
  • SNAP AND GO: Magnetically snap your phone into place to activate the app without the need for taps, menus or unlocking
  • COMPATIBILITY: Smartphones running Android OS 5.0 or later and Bluetooth Smart technology (Android only)
  • MAGNETIC AIR VENT MOUNT: Clips easily and securely onto most air vents between 1-5 mm/.04-.20 in. thick
  • CUSTOMER SUPPORT: Allow Logitech to demonstrate its focus on customer service. Contact Logitech Customer Support for technical assistance and satisfaction guarantee
Discontinued - ZeroTouch List Price:$59.99 Price:$7.99 You Save:$52.00 (87%) Buy Now Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission

ChefSteps CS10001 Joule Sous Vide

  • Smallest, sleekest sous vide tool available, at just 11 inches tall and 1.3 pounds. So small it fits in your top drawer.
  • Fastest water-heating capability on the market, with 1100 watts of power and hyper-exact temperature control, precise to 0.2 F / 0.1 C.
  • The magnetic base and side clip mean Joule works in any pot and with a variety of water levels and volumes, from just 1.5 inches all the way up to 10 gallons.
  • No special equipment required: use Joule with the pots you already have, the Android or iOS smartphone you use every day, and any ziplock-style freezer bags. No vacuum sealer needed.
  • Controlled by a free mobile app, or you can use your voice with Amazon Alexa. Guided recipes and exclusive features like Visual Doneness guarantee great results.
  • Works with 120 V outlets only. Due to the nature of our precise heating technology, voltage transformers and converters can damage your Joule and void the warranty.
Breville CS10001 Joule Sous Vide, Stainless Steel Price:$249.95 Buy Now Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission

Logitech Harmony Elite Remote Control

  • The most powerful and intuitive Harmony remote works with Alexa for voice control. All-in-one control of up to 15 home entertainment and connected home devices
  • Full color touchscreen: Simply swipe and tap to control channels, movies, volume, 50 favorite channels and smart home devices like Philips Hue lights
  • One-touch Activities: Touch an Activity like “Watch a Movie” to automatically power on and switch devices to the right settings
  • Harmony app: Turns iOS or Android smartphones or tablets into personal universal remote controls for the whole house
  • Closed cabinet control: Included Harmony Hub lets you control devices in closed cabinets, or even when away from home
  • Convenient charging station: Keeps your remote powered and within reach
  • Easy-to-use design: Find the right button every time, even in the dark, with motion-activated backlit buttons, home control buttons and a comfortable layout
  • Works with over 270,000 devices: Controls your TV, satellite or cable box, Apple TV, Roku, TiVo, Blu-ray player, game consoles, plus connected lights, locks, thermostats, sensors and more
Logitech Harmony Elite Remote Control, Hub and App Price:$780.00 Buy Now Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission

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