Ambient computing is the concept that everything around you is both intelligent and computerized, from your lights to your stereo system to your thermostat.
The Alexa platform from Amazon is touted as offering this capability to future-proof your home.
Although ambient computing is still in its early stages, Alexa continues to improve its abilities in the area. Unlike Apple’s Siri, it remains open to third parties, bringing it closer to the point where it makes technology work for us automatically.
At present, Alexa can answer basic search or system-related questions and play music from Spotify and other streaming services. It’s also establishing the foundation for a future-proof home, due to the fact that a growing number of accessories are compatible with the Amazon platform. Alexa also allows smart-home owners to control all compatible accessories with their voice, which is more convenient that searching an iPhone for the app that opens the garage door.
Alexa is positioning itself as the best platform to dominate ambient computing. Although it’s not expected to happen in the immediate future, Amazon has gone the extra mile to set the stage for something more impressive than simply playing your favourite Netflix series with an Alexa voice command.
Below are four primary Amazon advantages that could see Alexa become the guiding force as ambient computing develops.
Alexa is widely integrated
An increasing number of companies are integrating Alexa into their products. At the last CES tech industry conference, these products included:
- Cars from Ford and Toyota
- Whirlpool dishwashers and ovens
- Kohler bathtubs
- Speakers from several audiovisual firms
A voice assistant is necessary for ambient computing to be successful. If Alexa is not present when you call for it, it has essentially failed. By getting its computing platform into everything a future-proof home might need, Amazon is enjoying a head start.