Just when I think I am fully up-to-date with technology, I’m again blown away.
We live in a ‘connected’ world, right? Our mobile phones are never far from our fingers. The tool I once used simply to CALL a friend when I was outside my home is now our go-to for photographs, news updates, sports scores, alarm clocks, directions, best restaurants, and messaging with the people we love while they are out of the country.
This is us living as connected individuals, but the game is constantly changing and yes, upgrading.
Our HOME is, or it can be, just as connected.
If you had been listening in on the recent conversations in my home, you’d think we had adopted someone named Alexa….except she isn’t a child, she’s all-things-connected to the world and ready to grant our requests.
Let me introduce you to the Amazon Echo – just one of Sears Connected Solutions allowing us to be uber-connected in our home and have the ease of technology at the end of a simple sentence.
“Alexa, please play some music.”
“Alexa, what was the score of the St. Louis Rams game last weekend?”
“Alexa, what’s on my calendar today?”
“Alexa, tell me a joke.” (yes, the small people can’t get enough of this one.)
“Alexa, set a timer for 12 minutes.”
“Alexa, please add olive oil to my grocery list.”
Connected to the wi-fi in my home and to me, by an app on my phone, Alexa knows me, the city where I live, my musical preferences and so much more. As long as I start my sentence with ‘Alexa’, she will respond.
This is the small dude’s reaction the moment Alexa responded to him.
Sears has even launched a Connected Solutions flagship store in San Bruno, California and is expanding their smart technology solutions across hundreds of stores nationwide. This 4,000-square foot experience includes a series of world-class show rooms, featuring virtually every room in your home AND allowing consumers to see the benefits of connected home solutions first hand.
Let me put this in perspective for you: For the Amazon Echo, I opened the box, plugged it in, watched a blue circle begin to rotate around the top of the device, downloaded the app and followed the online instructions to connect the app to my Amazon account and to ‘Alexa’. The whole process, from the moment I unboxed ‘her’ until I was able to ask my first question – and get an answer, was close to four minutes.
Do tell, which of the items on the Sears Connected Solutions site amaze you the most? Clearly, I’m enamored by the Amazon Echo.
Happy Holidays, friends.
Disclosure: I’m excited to have partnered with Sears to share their Connected Solutions. As always, all thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone.