Does anyone have any experience with voice activated devices, even simple things like:
1) mains sockets, for turning on/off the radio etc
2) light bulbs
I am thinking about Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, maybe others?
What's available, what have you tried, does it work well?
I'm a technie and don't mind setting things up, but the main thing is that it has to work easily and 100% reliably. It's no good having to say "Alexa, please ask Harmony to turn on the bedroom light" because the more you say, the more annoying it is to use, and the more likely to be misunderstood. The reviews I've read seem to be suggesting that we aren't quite there yet in usability. What's your experience?
When I get more time I might have a go at building one from a RasperryPi and IFTTT.