Likely the most practical thing Amazon could’ve done with this device, the company now allows developers to integrate their security cam footage and display it live via a command on the recently introduced Echo Show. In case you aren’t familiar, the Echo Show is basically an Amazon Echo but with a screen strapped on that allows users to view more information than what’s shared audibly. Weather forecasts and live news feeds are some examples of this capability at work.
Using the new Smart Home Skill API, security camera manufacturers can integrate directly into Alexa to allow users to view what’s going on in front of their cameras. Companies like Ring, Arlo, Nest, August, EZViz, Vivint, Amcrest, Logitech, and IC Realtime have already integrated into Alexa. Their skills will be as easy to use as saying, “Alexa, show me the front door camera.”
What’s more, even if you have a standard Echo, you’ll still be able to hear a live audio feed coming from the security camera you choose. It’s a pretty savvy feature that should come in handy for anyone who uses it.
The Echo Show will launch on June 28th for $229.99 on Amazon.com.