Considering the amount of Logitech posts and product reviews I do one would think I’m getting paid under the table, I am not. Truth be told I have been a huge Logitech fan since my very first PC. Their products have always been reliable, affordable and durable; what else could a girl ask for?
Today Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) announced its collaboration with Amazon Alexa to bring Alexa voice control to the Logitech ZeroTouch™ Air Vent and Logitech ZeroTouch Dashboard smart car mounts for Android™ smartphones. Now, you can use Logitech ZeroTouch™ and the power of your voice to interact with Alexa and your smart home devices including lights, locks and thermostats – on the road, right from the driver’s seat.
Logitech ZeroTouch™ smart car mounts let you use your voice to place calls, text back and forth and engage with apps, such as Yelp, all without using your hands. Now, with Alexa, you can do more while keeping your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road, including:
- Quickly access the weather, news or more than 8,000 Alexa skills, such as to-do lists, ordering products from the road, or listening to a joke
- Ask Alexa to change your compatible thermostat from the road, so when you get home, your house is heated or cooled
- Tell Alexa to turn on your compatible smart lights on your way home from work
- Listen to your favorite Kindle books from the road during a long drive
- Ask Alexa to lock the front door when you’ve already left the home
I feel like Logitech should start partnering with automotive companies as well to have this as a add on when you buy a new or used car so it promotes people to use hands free features while driving. I live in Austin and I swear I see more people texting and on the phone not using Bluetooth or hands free more so than in California!
In addition to Alexa, Logitech ZeroTouch has also introduced the ability to read out and respond to emails, accept or decline calendar invites, and read out calendar meetings for the day. To connect your car, simply snap your phone to the magnetic air vent or dashboard mount to activate the Android app, and speak freely. Another clever partnership since I’m full of ideas would be that Logitech partner with the Texas DMV, again Austin drivers are awful and the Logitech ZeroTouch™ Air Vent and Logitech ZeroTouch Dashboard should just be mandatory. I may be a tad over dramatic.
The newly updated ZeroTouch app with the Alexa feature is now available in the U.S. and UK for free on the Google Play store. Users need an Amazon account to access the newest Alexa feature within the ZeroTouch app. The Logitech ZeroTouch™ Air Vent and Logitech ZeroTouch™ Dashboard are available at Logitech.com and Amazon.com for a suggested retail price of $59.99 or $79.99 respectively.
Unfortunately iPhone users will have to wait and see if they make something for iOS, sorry guys! I am hoping to get a sample to do a full product review so keep checking back or on my twitter. For more information, please visit Logitech.com.