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Voice control

Voice control
« on: November 07, 2016, 08:58:41 AM »
Voice control is becoming a very popular topic in the trade press lately. I've tried it and have found that it still needs some work, though.
For home theater use I can imagine: "I said, TURN DOWN THE VOLUME!"

Re: Voice control
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2016, 09:03:24 AM »
I would like just for light control in the HT room, using simple commands.

Lights on when entering.
Lights off when movie starts.
Lights on at movie end.

I have been considering trying this.
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Re: Voice control
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2016, 09:22:45 AM »
What are you planning on using? We use Insteon for all of our lighting and outlets, and have a scene switch when we walk in the HT, and I control everything via apps on my tablet. One of these days I will get CQC up and running again to control it all. I know one of the easiest ways to do voice control is Alexa...all you need is lighting that can be controlled via a hub that is compatible with Alexa (Insteon is one).
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Re: Voice control
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2016, 09:34:38 AM »
What are you planning on using? We use Insteon for all of our lighting and outlets, and have a scene switch when we walk in the HT, and I control everything via apps on my tablet. One of these days I will get CQC up and running again to control it all. I know one of the easiest ways to do voice control is Alexa...all you need is lighting that can be controlled via a hub that is compatible with Alexa (Insteon is one).

Considering Amazon Echo (Alexa), but may wait to see what Google Home brings to the table. Amazon Echo will work with Harmony and I think the insteon switches and dimmers will work with Harmony's Home Hub Extender. I can control my Z-wave lighting that way right now, using iPhone, tablet or Ultimate remote.
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Re: Voice control
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2016, 09:39:31 AM »
Considering Amazon Echo (Alexa), but may wait to see what Google Home brings to the table. Amazon Echo will work with Harmony and I think the insteon switches and dimmers will work with Harmony's Home Hub Extender. I can control my Z-wave lighting that way right now, using iPhone or a tablet.
I bought my wife the Echo when it came out and she said she would never use it...she uses it everyday for music, grocery lists, etc.. It was the best gift i have ever gotten her. We also use it for our lighting in the Living Room (where Alexa is). I have a ISY994i hub that I use, and I have an extra one I will be getting rid of soon.
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Re: Voice control
« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2016, 01:02:25 PM »
I always thought voice control would be cool but my experience with it has kinda soured me on it. I've used lots of various devices, the most prominent being the Xbox One, and they all seem to have trouble understanding me. My voice is pretty plain too so I'm not sure why.
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Video: JVC RS500, 138" Elite EZ Frame 2:35:1 Screen, Oppo UDP-203, DirecTV Genie,
Audio: Denon X4000, Mains: Paradigm Prestige 85F, Center: Paradigm Prestige 55C Sides: Paradigm Monitor 7 V6, Rears: Polk TSI100, Atmos: ELAC A4 (2) Subwoofer: HSU VTF3 MK4.
Other: Monster Power HTS-5100, GIK Acoustic Room Treatments, HD Fury Linker

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Re: Voice control
« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2016, 02:55:03 PM »
The Amazon Echo seems to do pretty good on voice control...apparently they have come a long ways in accuracy.
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Re: Voice control
« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2016, 01:14:01 PM »
The Amazon Echo seems to do pretty good on voice control...apparently they have come a long ways in accuracy.

I may try one out. They seem to have some good deals now with Black Friday coming up.
Equipment list:
Video: JVC RS500, 138" Elite EZ Frame 2:35:1 Screen, Oppo UDP-203, DirecTV Genie,
Audio: Denon X4000, Mains: Paradigm Prestige 85F, Center: Paradigm Prestige 55C Sides: Paradigm Monitor 7 V6, Rears: Polk TSI100, Atmos: ELAC A4 (2) Subwoofer: HSU VTF3 MK4.
Other: Monster Power HTS-5100, GIK Acoustic Room Treatments, HD Fury Linker

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Re: Voice control
« Reply #8 on: November 28, 2016, 11:25:34 AM »
Amazon had a great Black Friday deal on the Amazon Dot... I almost bought one, but I saw that it only works via your speakers or AVR. I want one that I have a choice between using my AVR for audio, and the internal speakers. The reason being is that sometimes my wife just wants to ask it a question, and there is no need to have the AVR turn on for it to respond, plus the additional time it takes for audio to come out of the AVR.
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Re: Voice control
« Reply #9 on: November 28, 2016, 12:32:06 PM »
just ordered one for the inlaws for xmas...they will be my guinea pigs haha...even though its me who will have to set it up

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Re: Voice control
« Reply #10 on: November 28, 2016, 01:49:13 PM »
just ordered one for the inlaws for xmas...they will be my guinea pigs haha...even though its me who will have to set it up
As I recall...all you will have to do is setup an email account, and input your wifi password to use. If you want to use Amazon, or other services you will need to setup the account info for each account for them. It is real easy. I think your inlaws will love it.
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Re: Voice control
« Reply #11 on: November 29, 2016, 06:32:06 AM »
awesome;....I bet one will be in my house shortly after haha

Re: Voice control
« Reply #12 on: December 02, 2016, 12:42:13 PM »
The Amazon Echo seems to do pretty good on voice control...apparently they have come a long ways in accuracy.

The Amazon Echo is very good (not perfect) in understanding you.  I bought one a while back, and I recently got the Dot.

Re: Voice control
« Reply #13 on: December 02, 2016, 12:44:41 PM »
Considering Amazon Echo (Alexa), but may wait to see what Google Home brings to the table. Amazon Echo will work with Harmony and I think the insteon switches and dimmers will work with Harmony's Home Hub Extender. I can control my Z-wave lighting that way right now, using iPhone, tablet or Ultimate remote.

I have the Dot setup in the living room, trying out some lights from Philips Hue Starter Pack.  I'm trying it because it's what I intend to move up to the theater room when it's that time!  I'm enjoying it.  There's so much you can do. 

Re: Voice control
« Reply #14 on: December 02, 2016, 12:47:06 PM »
... I almost bought one, but I saw that it only works via your speakers or AVR.

It has a small speaker built in to speak back to you.  You can run it to your AVR via cable, or when I want (in my living room, for now), I can say, "Alexa, connect to my speaker", and she'll pair with my LG soundbar via bluetooth!