Netatmo has a new way to communicate with smart home devices: a Facebook chatbot that will take your orders and answer your questions.
The Smart Home Bot sits between you, the user, and the collection of Netatmo and compatible devices in your home. The questions it can answer and the orders it will follow depend on the devices you have.
Netatmo says you can ask questions like, “What is the current weather like?” or “Who’s at home?”
So some of the new chatbot’s usefulness won’t be seen in the U.S., but it could still be a handy way to interact with your smart home, especially if you use Facebook Messenger a lot.
To get started, just fire up Facebook Messenger and start chatting with “Netatmo Smart Home Bot.” The service is free and a beta of the English-language version is already running. Other languages are promised to follow.
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