Using the Amazon Echo/Alexa in Australia
As with my obsession with new gadgets, I couldn't wait to get my hands on the Amazon Echo. Without checking how to actually get it working in Australia, I promptly ordered it from Amazon US via a freight forwarder.
First issue, timezone
Amazon clearly state that the Echo does not work outside of the US, but conveniently there is a timezone that matches up nicely to Melbourne. You can use any in Guam such as
96910. I don't think this will work for Daylight Savings. Will worry about that when it comes around.
You can actually set the correct timezone by making a request to the unit, however I have not tried this yet.
What can you even use it for?
I have some natively compatible devices including:
- LIFX light globes (Melbourne represent!)
- Nest heater controller
What did I even end up using it for?
I wasn't sure at first, but my favourite features and skills so far is:
Alexa, turn off the lightswhen I'm going to bed
Alexa, set a timer for 20 minuteswhen I put the oven on
What I'd like to be able to do
- Lock the front door (and not be able to unlock it by yelling from outside!)
- Set the house alarm
- Order an Uber (I think it try to pick me up from Guam as per my postcode)