Honeywell Introduces Voice-Activated Thermostat

Honeywell today introduced the Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control that activates and controls temperatures.

The Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control uses advanced far-field voice-control technology, which breaks through the ambient noise of a busy household and recognizes commands such as "make it four degrees warmer" or "make it much cooler," even from across the room. Upon installation, the thermostat immediately recognizes the homeowner's voice and adjusts the temperature setting based on his or her request. This is the first cloud-based voice controlled solution that will get smarter over time, adding more commands based on its interactions with homeowners.

"With this hands-free advancement, homeowners can simply speak to their thermostat, and it responds by adjusting the environment to their preferences," said Tony Uttley, general manager of Home Comfort and Energy Systems at Honeywell, in a statement. "We believe the next generation of advancements in connected home technology means people don't have to be tied to their devices. Instead, Honeywell devices are truly an extension of their lifestyle."

The thermostat also offers Wi-Fi connectivity that allows consumers to regulate their energy usage and home comfort through their smartphone. Homeowners can adjust the thermostat by using the Total Connect Comfort smartphone app, a thermostat app available on Google Play or iTunes. Honeywell's Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control will be available beginning November 2013 at a suggested retail price of $349.

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