For Ecobee's newest smart thermostat, the Ecobee4, the company has ventured even more deeply into the world of IoT functionality. Though the company's previous thermostats could be controlled via IFTTT skills with devices like the Amazon Echo, the Ecobee4 has a built-in microphone and speaker so that Amazon's Alexa smart home assistant can act directly through it (as opposed to requiring a third-party device.)
The Alexa functionality for the Ecobee4 is especially helpful in light of Ecobee's previous models, as it means that the company has already invested in creating a series of skills for Alexa. Further, consumers can use their Ecobee4 to do things completely unrelated to its primary purpose as a thermostat: think setting alarms, playing the news, or even controlling other IoT devices.
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