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Smart home solutions might already seem like magic to you, what with being able to turn on your
lights with just a clap of your hands. Or being able to set timers for appliances so that they can switch
on and off by themselves at just the right time.

But if there’s one thing that really takes the icing on the cake with home automation systems, that
would be the voice control feature. It really does feel like magic when all you have to do is speak a
few words and hey presto, your wish is your smart home’s command!

Want to delve a little deeper into the different ways you can use voice control to command your smart
home? You’ve come to the right place!

How Voice Control Works for Smart Homes
Now, as ‘smart’ as the many devices in your home automation system might be, they aren’t equipped
by themselves to be able to understand your verbal commands. That’s where a voice assistant such
as Amazon’s Alexa comes into play. 

Voice assistants like these are built using specialised voice recognition software. So Alexa can pick
up the words you say, understand the meaning of your command, and then translate that into
instructions. These instructions are then communicated to the relevant device in your smart home
system that you are trying to command. 

What Can you Command with Voice Control?
Pretty much everything. If your home automation system is well-integrated, you should be able to
control anything from the lights to the air conditioner and your sound system. 

If you’re not sure how to set up a seamless voice control system in your home, speak to our team
here at Shinrai. We’re happy to assist. Whether you’re looking to implement a brand new home
automation system that features voice control, or need help introducing voice control into your existing
system, our team of experts can help. 

The Convenience of Voice Control
This is pretty much self-explanatory. 

Let’s say you’re enjoying a lazy day in bed and you want to turn down the lights, but you’ve left your
smartphone out of reach? No problem. You don’t have to drag yourself out of bed to get to the smart
home app on your phone to be able to turn the lights off. Just say the word (or rather the right words),
and you’ll be able to control the bedroom lights while you’re in bed!

Considering that people are trying to reduce screen time on their phones and tablets, especially
before bed, voice control empowers you to go smartphone or tablet-free and still be in control of your
smart home. 

Being able to control your smart home hands-free is also a bonus that comes with voice control.
Imagine that you’re busy in the kitchen, knuckles deep in cookie dough or whatever you’re whipping
up that day; you’re favourite song comes on and you’re itching to turn the volume up on your playlist
that’s blasting out of the speakers nearby. Without voice control, you would be fumbling with your
smartphone touchscreen and smearing flour and dough all over it. With voice control, you would just
have to say the word and keep jamming to your favourite beat as you get ready to pop your next
batch of cookies in the oven.