Z-Wave is a wireless technology that lets smart devices talk to one another. Household products, like lights, door locks and thermostats are made “smart” when Z-Wave connectivity is added inside the product’s design, giving them the capability to communicate and perform the desired function. Z-Wave operates wirelessly and securely and devices can be easily accessed and controlled on your phone, tablet or pc.
The Amazon Echo was developed as a system that can bring Amazon products and services along with other vendor’s services together under a voice recognition platform that is fun and easy to use. There are companies providing new services for the Amazon Echo every day, and several of these are leading Z-Wave hub manufacturers that have integrated the Echo in with their products. So while Amazon did not design the Echo to work directly with Z-Wave, you can find several Z-Wave manufacturers who are already working within the Amazon Echo platform.
Yes, if your Z-Wave enabled smart home app has an iOS version that allows you connect to your Apple Watch.
Apple’s HomeKit is a new entrant to the smart home market which is still in the early stages of development. The future for HomeKit and Z-Wave looks very promising, and Z-Wave has been working with Apple to build an integration of the two systems.
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