Control Your Harmony Remote With Amazon Alexa

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Aiming to simplify one of the most basic but frustrating smart home tasks, Logitech today unveiled an Amazon Alexa skill for its Harmony universal remotes.

It will enable owners of a Harmony remote and an Alexa device like the Amazon Echo to turn entertainment devices on or off and tune in to TV channels using only voice commands.

Logitech has long catered to home theater enthusiasts with its Harmony line. The remotes are known for their programmable buttons that can prepare a home theater setup for movie watching or other activities with a single push, eliminating the hassle of multiple device-specific remotes.

The Harmony Alexa skill harnesses that simplicity. You'll be able to say "Alexa, turn on my evening activity," to start a series of actions that you've previously defined with Harmony, such as turning the TV to HBO, bringing down the blinds, and dimming the smart lights.

The Alexa skill is available now for Echo and Echo Dot users in the US, and is compatible with Logitech hub-based remotes like the Logitech Harmony Elite or Logitech Harmony Companion. You'll need the Alexa app installed on your smartphone or tablet to activate the Harmony skill.

Logitech says it has worked closely with Amazon to ensure that its Alexa commands are compatible with more than 270,000 different entertainment and smart home devices. Adding the skill to Alexa is free.

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