Bring your home to life like never before: Hive brings voice-control to your heating, lights and plugs

Hive integrates with Amazon Alexa to let you manage your home – simply by speaking to it

Hive, a leader in smart home technology, has today announced a partnership with Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service, allowing people to control their heating, lighting and plugged-in devices – simply by speaking to them.

Working in tandem in the home with Amazon’s voice-activated speaker, Amazon Echo, Hive technology will now respond to spoken commands through Alexa, allowing people to effortlessly manage their homes just by saying “Alexa, tell Hive to set the temperature to 22 degrees” or “Alexa, tell Hive to turn the living room light on”.

The Hive team has so far discovered more than 80 different ways that we phrase requests in the UK, meaning Hive with Alexa will understand you if you ask it to ‘bosh my lights on’ and ‘crank the heating up’ – it will even respond accordingly if the power goes to your head and you choose to proclaim, “Alexa, tell Hive ‘Let there be light’”!

Voice control functionality will be available for Hive Active Heating, Hive Active Lights and Hive Active Plugs, enabling people to turn on or off a fan, the radio, a TV, or indeed anything that you have plugged into your Hive-powered smart home.

Kass Hussain, Director, Hive Product & Technology, said:

“We know from our customers that giving people effortless ways to control their homes makes everyday life easier and better, which is why we couldn’t be more excited to introduce voice control to Hive.

People can now experience the magic of managing a home simply by talking to it, whether that’s asking for the heat to be turned up on a chilly day or for the radio to be turned off as you rush out of the door for work in the morning.

It may sound a bit Star Trek, but being able to speak to your home and have it respond to your every need is truly life-changing stuff.”

Hive, a British Gas innovation, will work with Amazon Alexa and Amazon’s voice-activated product range, including the newly launched hands-free speaker Echo, from 28 September. More advanced functionality, such as the ability to control multi-zone heating setups, precisely dim lighting and use more conversational spoken commands, will roll out throughout October.

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