Canary has introduced integration with Alexa, which allows users to view their live camera feeds on certain Amazon devices.
Canary announced the integration with Amazon’s Alexa for all users, as the Alexa skill works with Canary All-in-One, Canary View, and Canary Flex cameras. Live viewing of Canary feeds can be done on Amazon’s Echo Show, Echo Spot, and compatible Fire TVs.
This being Alexa, the skill uses voice activation. You can ask, “Alexa, show me the front door,” “Alexa, show me the basement,” or another similar command, and the Amazon device should let you view your live Canary security video feed directly. Any Canary devices set to private will not be able to stream video.
[What to know more about Alexa and how it can integrate with your home? Check out our article Ten Alexa Skills To Turn Your House Into A Smart Home and Using Alexa To Increase Your Safety — And Serenity.]
Canary gives simple directions on using the Alexa skill right away: “To get started, open the Amazon Alexa app on your phone or tablet, navigate to Skills, search for Canary, and tap on Enable. From there, sign in using your Canary credentials, and follow the prompts.”
The skill creates an easy, hands-free way to view video in an instant in certain areas of the house, instead of calling up the Canary smartphone or tablet app every time you want to view your feed while at home.
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Canary already announced plans to add more features to its cameras this year when it introduced Person Detection in December. The company calls its AI-powered suite of intelligent tools Canary Vision. We’ll see what else comes of that specific suite, but we expect Canary — and other companies — to continue to pursue integration with other devices.
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