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Amazon Echo Show 5 Smart Display

A fully functional smart display Echo Show 5 (2019) from Amazon comes out June 26 and is made to help you manage your day, entertain at a glance, and connect you to friends and family. It can do nearly everything that Amazon’s larger Echo Show (2018), but with updated features, bright and colorful touchscreen, loud speaker, and Convenient alarm functions.

The Echo Show 5 has a 5.5-inch screen and a single small speaker in overall compact design, and it comes in black or white. It doesn’t take up much space and it’s easy to see from across a room. The great thing is that this smart display automatically adjusts its brightness for the amount of light in the room and gets dimmer at night so it’s not shining into your eyes when you’re trying to sleep. The 4-watt speaker is powerful enough for casual music listening or podcasts, and Alexa’s voice in it is very clear.

What else can you do on this smart display?

Cook along to step-by-step recipes, update to-do lists and calendars, glance at weather and traffic on your way out, ask Alexa to show you movie trailers or the news, listen to radio stations, podcasts, and audiobooks. Of course, control your compatible devices or manage them on the easy-to-use display, check your security cameras, control lights, and adjust thermostats.

Call your friends and family who have the Alexa app, an Echo device with a screen, or Skype via the Echo Show 5, make announcements to other devices in your home, choose the clock face that fits your style best, use your favorite photos on the home screen, create morning routines to start your day, turn off the microphone and camera with one press of a button.

Live smart!

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Ecobee SmartThermostat

The home is where the comfort is. SmartThermostat from Ecobee knows that and gives you the latest technologies and allows you to control them with a voice. The SmartSensor detects both temperature and occupancy to deliver comfort in the rooms that matter most. This device even knows when you are home and where you aren’t, to save the energy – up to 23% annually on your heating and cooling costs.

The smartphone of thermostats
You can change the temperature, call your friends and family, and control your smart home – all with your voice! Now with improved range (up to 60 feet) and up to five years of battery life. Call your friends and family anywhere in North America free of charge from your SmartThermostat!

This thermostat model looks very similar to 2017’s Ecobee4, but it has many great upgrades, as mentioned, and even more. For example, a faster performance, a louder, better-quality speaker, nicer materials, a completely redesigned remote sensor, intelligent scheduling, and smartphone app control. It works with Alexa, Google Assistant, HomeKit, IFTTT, and SmartThings.

The SmartThermostat also comes with a new magnetic mount and a wall mount included in the box in addition to the stand for more flexible placement options. Each Thermostat includes one sensor in the box; you can buy more in packs of two, the system can support up to 32 sensors at a time.

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Currant uses artificial intelligence (AI) to identify energy usage patterns and suggest changes that can help you save. The Currant App (for iOS or Android) features interactive charts that display your energy consumption and cost by hour, day, month, or year. Currant works via bluetooth and must be paired with Wi-Fi Smart Outlet to control your devices remotely or with your voice. Includes high safety and shows unique design.

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