Amazon acquires Wi-Fi startup Eero, furthering smart home ambitions

Amazon dived even further into the smart home technology pool Monday when it revealed that it was scooping up a home Wi-Fi startup. Presumably, Amazon could also use the Eero acquisition to keep tabs on the web browsing habits of all customers who use …

What you need to know about Alexa flash briefings for real estate

Flash briefings are growing in popularity and proponents believe as Amazon pushes further into millions of homes the audio clips will play a massive role in the future of real estate.

Smart home tech is not just for luxury renters

Renters in 30,000 existing apartments are about to get an array of new smart-home features, including Amazon Echo Dots, installed for free thanks to a new partnership between a major landlord and a tech startup.

‘Alexa, get me seller leads’

HomeyPoints’ founders wanted to bridge old and new by connecting homeowners with an agent through Amazon Alexa voice technology and their voice app, Home Agent.

The smart-home showdown is on

KB Home is rolling out a new smart-home model powered by Google technology in response to the Amazon-powered design recently debuted by Lennar.

Alexa can now provide buyers with listing info immediately

AgentNEO, a voice-activated internet software product for real estate agents, has released an update that will allow Amazon’s Echo device to share listing information with buyer’s agents and their clients.

Smart Homes: The Way of the Future or a Risk to Homeowners?

Glitches of early iterations aside, AI-based technology has come a long way, and has an increasingly active presence in the lives of homeowners who are looking for convenience and savings in a pushed-for-time era. From adaptive thermostats that automatically gauge energy usage and alter temperatures for optimal savings, to smart home speakers that use sophisticated […]

The post Smart Homes: The Way of the Future or a Risk to Homeowners? appeared first on RISMedia.

Voice Activated: Do You Talk to Your Tech?

How many of us are talking to our tech on a regular basis? Ken Olmstead at the Pew Research Center recently highlighted the fact that nearly half of U.S. adults (46 percent) say they use voice-controlled assistants and applications to interact with smartphones and other devices. Just over half (55 percent) say “a major reason” […]

The post Voice Activated: Do You Talk to Your Tech? appeared first on RISMedia.

Voiceter Pro says voice-activated real estate search is here to stay

Amazon has found yet another way to connect with the real estate industry — or rather, talk to it. And Voiceter Pro, an app developer for Google Home and Amazon’s Echo, is helping perpetuate the conversation.

These new devices are helping Amazon’s Alexa control your home

Resembling a suburbanite-friendly version of HAL 9000 from “2001: A Space Odyssey” (but lacking the homicidal tendencies), the new Switch+ is marketed as a lighting control appliance, but also plays music and helps with general lifestyle needs and task…