Amazon Echo Show can Now Stream Live Feed from Your Smart Home Cameras

June 23, 2017, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The success of Amazon’s Echo speaker can be attributed to its inclusion of the support for the ever-expanding skills. This was what we believed would make its Echo Show device a hit when it was launched with all its view and show skills last month. And it has now got cracking on it seems.

Amazon has revealed its new functionality for its Echo Show device through its blog post: the ability to watch live feeds of footage from a host of cameras. This follows the prior announcement from Lenovo which revealed the support for live feed stream from its Circle 2 camera on Amazon’s Echo Show.

In short, you will now be able to free your hands from the task of taking up your phone to watch those live feeds from your home cameras. All you would have to do is to communicate with your Alexa, and it will put those videos into its small display.

The revealed batch of cameras now include Next, August, Amcrest, EZViz, IC Realtime, Vivint, Ring and Arlo. That’s a bulky list to start with, and Amazon won’t be willing to take a sojourn on its effort to expand the functionality of its new pet device.

The current revelation will be followed by the rollout of its smart home camera control into the Smart Home Skill API. That would let any developer integrate their camera control with Alexa skills using the standardized Alexa language model. This would encourage more users to unlock the capabilities of integration by enabling users to take a shorter and easier rout to create camera skills.

The aforesaid cameras will be immediately receiving the support for the new API. We can expect more cameras to be present on board with the new empowerment of its Camera Skill API which falls well in line with the company vision of expanding the Echo range of devices to get involved in smart home activities.

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