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Top 5 Smart Home Tech of 2017 (for Amazon Echo, Google Home & Siri!)

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– I’m gonna show you how to make your home smart,
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all of the gadgets that work with the Amazon Echo
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and Alexa enabled products so you can control your TV
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with your voice for under $40 bucks,
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make coffee using your voice,
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control all of your lights, your thermostat,
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your doors home security and convenience,
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plus a big giveaway coming right up.
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(soft tune)
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I know, that’s a lot to get to.
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Hi, I’m the YouTube Deal Guy Matt Granite,
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welcome to my home.
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I find the biggest deals in the world
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by subscriber request and I give
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all of my favorite gadgets away.
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So many of you watching right now have homes
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that you wanna make more smart
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and I’m gonna show you how you can make any room smart
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for under $40 bucks for the most part.
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Few other contraptions are a little bit more expensive
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but I have found deals on everything located
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right under this video screen.
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Just expand the video description box
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and we will get there together.
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Just a word of caution for anyone watching right now,
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if you do have an Amazon Echo in your home
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that goes by the name Alexa, you may wanna mute it
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or I’m gonna drive you crazy over the course
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of the next few demonstrations but they’re important
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and I want you to see them and if you do have something
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that goes by the name Alexa, you know what?
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Leave it on, it’ll be a fun game,
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you can see which of your devices are programmed
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the same as me and we can feel closer together
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because I’m lonely but here we go.
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I wanna begin right now with how I control the temperature
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of my home and how easily it was for me to set up.
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This is my Ecobee thermostat and I have to apologize
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that this is in Celsius, I live in Toronto
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for most of my week.
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The controls on here are great because they are touched
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but you can also use your voice to control the thermostat
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and you can also use Alexa.
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It’s also a very smart thermostat,
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you get weather reports on it,
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it can sync your thermostat based on conditions,
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also you can set different modes to control.
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This is more Eco friendly and more Eco efficient
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than a lot of the other thermostats on the market
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because it adapts, it adjusts.
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It also has a sensor in a different part of your house.
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We have the sensor up here.
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The temperature right up here is a little bit warmer
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than what’s downstairs.
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The sensor takes an average temperature between the two
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and adjusts, keeping your house a little bit more cooled
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or heated based on the temperature that’s actually on
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the thermostat.
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It comes out of its panel very easily,
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very simple to install.
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Another reason I like this is compared
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to the Nest thermostats, this company just seems
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to have better customer service.
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I also like the fact that the prices start
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at about $170 dollars.
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This is the most simple thermostat I have ever used
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that’s also very smart.
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And if you’re wondering what is this box
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under the Ecobee, this is actually my home monitoring
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alarm system, I’ll do a demo of this another day
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and also show you how I’ve hooked this up
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with surveillance cameras.
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A link to the Ecobee located right under this video screen,
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a couple of different models but I do like that you can
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score one for under $170 bucks.
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I wanna now move to the door behind me
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and also show you how I can control the basement door
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from anywhere in the world.
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Why would you want a smart lock?
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Couple of things.
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I use mine to automate who comes in and out of my house
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because I use part of it as a business
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but also, coming back late at night,
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you don’t wanna fidget with a door lock,
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you wanna control it from your car
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if there’s an important delivery, an emergency,
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or someone needs to get into your home,
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that’s a great reason.
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Another good reason, you never have to carry keys again.
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If your door gets locked and you don’t have a key,
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you can open it.
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If there’s a kid coming home early from school
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or a babysitter or someone that needs access,
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this is great.
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Also, in the event of a flood or an emergency,
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you could let someone into your home
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that needs to be there.
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You can program at least 60 codes
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that you can give out to different people
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so they can enter their codes but, more importantly,
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you can control the door from anywhere in the world.
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If my wife’s coming home after her shift in the middle
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of the night, she can lock or unlock the door from a car.
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If you have someone that needs to get into your house
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very quickly, if there’s a flood, an emergency responder,
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you can do this.
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And yes you can yell at your Alexa to do it
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but for me it’s the smart phone control
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which is absolutely phenomenal.
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You can also see if your doors are locked or unlocked.
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How many times have you left your house and thought,
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honey, did we remember to lock the door?
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Well, I can see whether or not the door is locked on here
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and then obviously control my alarm as well.
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This is absolutely awesome.
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Controlling the lights around your home
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with your smartphone or your Echo or your voice
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is really easy.
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Weemo makes a lot of products and I used a couple
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for years but I had to constantly reset them,
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they weren’t responsive half of the time,
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I got very frustrated.
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I did shift, recently, to TP-Link
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and their smart Wi-Fi controls just seem to work
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a little bit better.
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Easy to plug this into any outlet
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and then control that or, if you see on the lamp behind me,
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if you wanna control an individual bulb,
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which is also an option, these are under $25 bucks.
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This bulb is smart so you can control the bulb
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without having to plug a hub in or anything to an outlet,
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this communicates directly with your Amazon Echo,
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Alexa, and your voice.
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I find it absolutely awesome that you can control
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virtually any device in your home by just plugging
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in an outlet that’s under $35 bucks and I have a link
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to this located right under the video screen.
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This plugs in and whatever you plug into here,
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you can control.
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The key to this is just naming the device
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whatever you want to call it when you talk to her
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and this is an Echo Show but you could use this
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with an Echo Dot, various other smart home devices.
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This plugs into any standard outlet
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and then whatever you plug into here,
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you can then control without issue.
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So, for example, this would be the coffee maker,
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you name this outlet coffee maker
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and then you don’t need to just be beside it.
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I can control it from bed,
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I can wake up and say, Alexa, turn my coffee maker on.
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– [Alexa] Okay.
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– And now you guys can hear the coffee maker’s on,
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I could’ve done this from anywhere in the world.
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Very convenient.
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Smart home control isn’t just about convenience.
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For me, it’s also about security.
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This faces an exterior window of my home.
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So, I can, for security issues,
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if my wife comes in the back door, I turn this on for her
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when I know her shift ends or I can program it
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but I can also randomly turn the lights on and off
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in this area, making it look like we’re home
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or the house is occupied when we’re not even here
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and I can do that from anywhere in the world
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or I can, of course, do that with my voice.
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Alexa, turn the couch light off.
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– [Alexa] Okay.
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– Alexa, turn the couch light on.
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– [Alexa] Okay.
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– And then if I’m sitting in a hotel somewhere
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and I’m thinking to myself, you know what?
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We’ve been away for a few days,
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I really wanna turn this light on,
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all I need to do is reach for the app
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and then the same control I have here
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without even using my voice.
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Even on bed lamp control, this is something where
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the echo, which is right behind me,
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actually comes in very handy.
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Alexa, turn the bed lamps off.
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– [Alexa] Okay.
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– [Matt] Perfect.
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Alexa, turn the bed lamps on.
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– [Alexa] Okay.
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– In addition to being able to set,
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Alexa, set an alarm for four a.m. tomorrow.
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– [Alexa] Alarm set for four a.m. tomorrow.
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– One of the conveniences of having both lights
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controlled simultaneously is, in the event that
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I’m sleeping alone at an odd time,
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I don’t need to reach over to both bed lamps
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and I don’t know about you guys
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but for me, I’ve knocked, these are glass lamps,
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I’ve knocked them over in the middle of the night,
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trying to reach for that little piece
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that I need to turn,
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I’ve broken a lot of lamps in my day,
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this is just a way to avoid that
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and it’s really convenient.
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One of my favorite ways to automate your television,
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where if you wanna go completely remote control free
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is the Fire TV stick.
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All you have to do, sorry, she’s gonna say hi.
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– [Alexa] Hello.
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– Hello.
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Sorry, in the middle of a demonstration,
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she didn’t know that but this is great
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because this corresponds with your Echo for under $40 bucks.
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You plug this into the back of your television
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and then with a very quick easy 10 to 15 second setup,
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you can control your entire television using your voice.
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This is the Fire TV stick with the Alexa voice remote
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for under $40 bucks and I have a link to this
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located right under the video screen.
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This is HDMI plug and play at its finest.
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You get Dolby audio, works with your Wi-Fi
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within your household.
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This is the voice remote
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so you can speak directly into it
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or use the conventional controls
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and this is the Fire TV stick,
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it’s really, really small.
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Look at this, not much larger than my finger.
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It requires external power so you can plug this into a
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USB port if you’re fortunate enough to have one
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on the back of your TV, most modern TV’s do,
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if you don’t, you can obviously plug this into a wall,
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it comes with an adapter.
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The Fire TV stick itself plugs into an available
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HDMI port, it’s very small.
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Most modern television will have at least one to three
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of these, this just plugs right in.
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It comes paired with the remote,
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so there’s very little you need to do.
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It’s set up and working in seconds.
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Alexa, play The Grand Tour.
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– [Alexa] Getting The Grand Tour from Fire TV.
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– And as you can see, The Grand Tour immediately ready
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to play on my TV, all thanks to the power of my voice.
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One of my other favorite things about the Fire TV stick
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and Fire TV is you get a voice remote,
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so in the event that you don’t wanna pair it
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with an Amazon Echo, you can just speak directly
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into the remote.
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It’s actually very useful and I wanna show you
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what happens when I try and trip it up.
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I’m gonna ask for a program by the wrong name.
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Play The Man in the High Tower.
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– [Alexa] Here’s The Man in the High Castle.
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– So, sorry, I hit the remote,
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but you get the idea.
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It can even search other collections,
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so you can search through millions of titles
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using your voice.
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Let’s try one of my wife’s favorite shows.
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Play Fuller House.
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– [Alexa] Here’s Fuller House.
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– And it pulls it directly from Netflix
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which is impressive and then one of the other things
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that I like, whether you’re controlling with an Echo
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or something else, is you can just, in a matter of moments,
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control music with your voice as well.
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Play music by Kenny Chesney.
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– [Alexa] Shuffling songs by Kenny Chesney.
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– And then obviously you would get the music.
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We don’t have the rights to that but there you go,
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you get the idea.
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So, this is voice control at its finest.
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All of the links for all of the gadgets
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that I featured and the way to make your home more smart,
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located right under this video screen,
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got the full list ready for you and before today’s
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big giveaway, I wanted to ask all the great people watching,
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and thank you for watching, I appreciate it,
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what do you control in your home?
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Or, if you don’t have a smart home yet,
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what would you like to control?
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I’m sure there’s something that I haven’t done
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or shown you that you’re already using
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and I wanna learn from you guys as well, so,
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leave me a comment, I will read it.
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And now I’m going to giveaway your choice
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of any of the smart home extension gadgets
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that I featured.
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The next subscriber can have his or her choice
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of the Echo Dot, a Fire TV stick, the TP-Link,
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or the smart control for your plug,
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your choice.
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Using TubeBuddy’s random selection tool
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to find a subscriber who’s commented in the last six months,
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congratulations goes to…
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Congratulations Tommy Watkins, yes!
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You’ve, awesome!
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Go, you!
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You’re smart, so is your home!
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Or, if it isn’t, it’s going to be.
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Not you, I assumed you’re always smart
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but your home, I was referring to your home.
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Alright, there we are.
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