An episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” interacted with our home entertainment system this evening.
The Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Generation) is a hands-free, voice-controlled, internet-connected device that can play music, control smart home devices, provide information, etc.
It is now possible to change its wake word from “Alexa” to “Computer”, just like the Enterprise D’s voice-controlled computer. As a result, the worlds of Star Trek and today’s technology collided.
Our new Echo Dot responded to Geordi La Forge’s command (look for the blue ring to appear on the bottom right when he says “Computer”).
If you don’t see it the first time, replay the clip; it’s only 12 seconds long.
I am working on getting our X10 home automation to respond to voice command as well; more about that when I succeed.