E-commerce portal Amazon has launched a new smart device in India. It is called the Amazon Smart Plug and works with Alexa-compatible devices. With the device, users can control various home appliances such as lamps, table fans, electric kettles, mobile chargers etc by giving voice commands.
‘With Amazon Smart Plug, customers can add smart voice control to any appliance without the need to upgrade it. Customers in India are increasingly experimenting with home automation and we want them to have simple yet affordable solutions to make their existing appliances smart using Alexa’, Parag Gupta, Head of Amazon Devices, India said in a statement.
Amazon Smart Plug specifications and features
The Amazon Smart Plug is designed for Indian users. It has a 3-pin socket and a 6A power rating. There is a state retention feature that handles power cuts smoothly by ensuring that appliances go back to their last state (on/off).
The smart device can be set up easily by plugging it into an electrical socket and setting up with the help of Alexa app. It is compatible with Amazon Echo, Fire TV or Alexa built-in device]’ and must be connected to a 2.4GHz WiFi network. To turn on or off any home appliance, users can give voice commands like ‘Alexa, turn off the fan’ or ‘Alexa, turn on mosquito repellant’.
Users can also create customised schedules to automate their day to day activities like creating a schedule to turn off a night lamp at sunrise or switching on the electric kettle in the kitchen. With the Amazon Smart Plug, users can control their connected appliances via the Alexa app when they are away from home.
Amazon says that the Smart Plug isn’t compatible with heavy appliances like ACs, geysers and water heaters as it might result in the appliance and plug failure. With the Amazon Smart Plug, users can make their home smarter without upgrading their appliances.
Amazon Smart Plug price in India
The Amazon Smart Plug is priced at Rs 1,999 on the shopping portal. It will also be available for purchase across Amazon kiosks in Mumbai and Bangalore as well as in Croma and Reliance Digital outlets. The smart device can be availed at Rs 999 as a part of a bundle with the Echo Dot.