Somfy Systems, Inc., a manufacturer of tubular motors for interior and exterior window coverings, has introduced voice control for its motorized window coverings.
The myLink app is now Alexa-enabled, allowing owners to control connected products with voice commands and an Alexa-enabled device, like the Amazon Echo or Echo Dot, both of which officially became available in Canada starting December 5. Users can raise or lower shades, exterior screens, or rolling shutters, open or close blinds or draperies, and extend or retract an awning using simple, natural phrases.
"Enjoy the wow factor of watching your home spring into motion with a simple voice command," says Alex Keichinger, Home and Building Product Manager for Somfy North America. "Now Alexa users can enjoy the convenience, privacy and energy saving benefits of motorized window coverings."
Somfy's new Amazon Alexa skill allows for voice control of all Radio Technology Somfy (RTS) motorized products controlled by the myLink app, as well as scenes and schedules. A wide range of natural language commands can be used. For example, to open your living room shades, say, "Alexa, tell myLink to raise living room shades."
Scenes and schedules can be set up in the myLink app, and are also easy to control with natural, easy-to-recall phrases. If you create a morning scene, simply say, "Alexa, tell myLink to play Good Morning scene," and your shades will let in the morning sun. Or say, "Alexa, ask myLink to enable Goodnight schedule," and enjoy worry-free automation.
In addition, Somfy has enhanced the myLink hub with firmware updates, a sleek new design, and improved performance. The Amazon Alexa skill will work with both current and legacy myLink hardware.
"Somfy's compatibility with Amazon Alexa shows our commitment to innovation and means controlling your motorized products just became even easier," adds Keichinger.