Amazon today launched its smart plug in India that works with Alexa and helps customers instantly add voice control to their existing range of appliances such as lamps, table fans, electric kettle, room coolers, televisions, mobile chargers, air-purifiers, sound bars etc. Amazon Smart Plug can control compatible home appliances that have a physical power on/off switch. This product does not support heavy appliances such as AC, geysers, water pumps, or heaters. The Amazon Smart Plug can be paired with a compatible Alexa device (like Echo smart speakers) for hands free voice control.
Setting up the Amazon Smart Plug is extremely simple – it will just have to be plugged into an electrical socket and setup using the Alexa app within minutes. Once connected, customers can ask Alexa on any Echo, Fire TV or Alexa built-in device or the Alexa app to turn on/off the power. For instance, just ask, “Alexa, turn off the fan” or “Alexa, turn on mosquito repellant”.
With its 3-pin Indian socket design, 6A power rating and a state retention feature, the Amazon Smart Plug is designed for Indian customers. The state retention feature ensures that appliances go back to their last state (on/off) in case of power outage and resumption.
Customers can create customized routines on their Alexa app to automate their day-to-day activities. For example, customers can schedule to turn off their night lamp at sunrise and turn on their electric kettle in the kitchen without moving a finger. Or they can create a schedule to turn on air-purifier intermittently through the day. You can connect the festival lights to Amazon Smart Plug and set up an Alexa schedule to turn them on every evening. Go to the settings on your Alexa app, select the routines options and follow the steps to set up an Alexa routine.
With the Amazon Smart Plug, customers can control their connected appliances even when they’re not near to their appliances by using the Alexa app. For example, turn on the aquarium filter while not at home, or turn off the TV remotely while being in back to back meetings to regulate kids’ TV time.
This smart plug is priced Rs. 1999 and can be ordered on Amazon.in today. It is also available across Amazon kiosks in Mumbai and Bangalore as well as in select Croma and Reliance Digital outlets. Amazon Smart Plug is available for just Rs. 999 when purchased as part of the bundle with Echo Dot.