Amazon Unveils Model New Alexa-Enabled Gadget That Might Rival Dyson


Amazon has introduced a new gadget in its online shop. the Smart Air Quality Monitor. As the name suggests, this smart home gadget is designed to keep track of the quality of the air you breathe in your home. It fulfills a role very similar to that of the latest generation of Dyson air purifiers, which constantly monitor the number of allergens and particles in the air. But while the filters in the Dyson can remove those tiny particles from the air around you, the Smart Air Quality Monitor was designed simply to monitor levels of dust, carbon monoxide and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). While it can’t extract anything, it will instantly warn you if any of them reach problematic levels – this is how you can open a window.

Although the Smart Air Quality Monitor is Alexa-enabled, it does not contain a far-field microphone array or speaker. So you need to pair the device with an Amazon Echo to unlock voice commands for use with this new smart home gadget. Having an Echo Show with a touchscreen display means you can follow long-term trends from the comfort of your own home.

Better still, you can use the temperature sensor included in the Smart Air Quality Monitor to trigger Alexa routines. For those who didn’t know, Alexa Routines let you chain a number of tasks together with a custom trigger phrase. Alexa can, for example, switch off all lights in your house, read out all upcoming calendar appointments and weather reports for the following day and deactivate Internet access via Amazon’s Eero router for younger household members when you say “Alexa, me”. I’m going to bed now”.

By using the temperature sensor as an input, you can have Alexa shut down smart thermostats and turn off ceiling fans when the Smart Air Quality Monitor detects that the room has exceeded a certain temperature. All of this can happen in the background without any action on your part.

Smart Air Quality Monitor is pretty affordable. At £ 69.99, it’s about half the price of a similar Smart Indoor Air Quality Monitor from Netatmo, which costs around £ 109.99. Google’s second generation Nest Hub smart displays offer some data on outside air quality, including pollen count, but this feature is currently only available in the US. And these intelligent displays cannot give you any insight into what is happening in your home.

Amazon’s Smart Air Quality Monitor is available for pre-order today, with the first devices arriving on December 8, 2021.

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