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      02-05-2019, 06:35 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by dsad1 View Post
Originally Posted by Grumpy Old Man View Post
I have some Sono's speakers on my covered front porch and back deck above the hot tub. I use a Nest thermostat and Nest smoke detectors. I won't be getting any of that shit that listens to me, Alexa etc. I have a friend into it and it's a bit creepy, both his love of it and the fact that it's always listening. I know that law firms are forbidding them in their offices for security reasons. I'm not paranoid, but I seriously suggest that everyone who's thinking about it think long and hard about what you bring into your home.
It's technically not always listening, you have to trigger it to listen. At least that is what they say, are they lying to us? Very possible. But at the same time your phone, your tv, your computer, you car, can always be listening as well.
Technically, it IS always listening. How else can it pick up the trigger word to respond.

Additionally, there have been a few published criminal cases were an Echo has been involved that had audio to either work for and/or against those involved.

That said, I could care less what they hear. I'm not chopping anyone up so...

Back to the main question at hand, I've started to look into OpenHAB to roll everything together. I don't have a lot but would like to add a bit more. Some Hue lights, some Wiz lights, and a harmony hub.