Carrier Releases Amazon Alexa-Compatible Thermostat
Carrier's Côr thermostat is now compatible with Amazon's Alexa-enabled devices, such as the Echo and Echo Dot, enabling users to direct the Côr thermostat to set and change temperature by voice command.
"The Carrier Côr thermostat has steadily increased its capabilities since the launch last year, and compatibility with Amazon's Alexa-enabled devices is the latest exciting addition for homeowners," said Matthew Pine, vice president of marketing at Carrier Residential, in a statement. "Amazon's success with its Alexa-enabled devices, coupled with our longstanding success serving homeowner's home comfort needs will enable both brands to better serve our customers in the rapidly expanding smart home segment."
Amazon has positioned the Alexa voice service to grow by releasing a free set of application program interfaces called the Alexa Skills Kit and Alexa Voice Service that enable developers to add Alexa to any device with a compatible speaker, microphone, and Internet connection with only a few lines of code.
"We're excited to expand hands-free thermostat control with Alexa through the work Carrier is doing with its Côr thermostat," said Charlie Kindel, director of Alexa Smart Home at Amazon, in a statement. "With this launch, Carrier has provided Alexa customers with even more options to cool or heat their homes just by using their voices."