Handheld remotes? Those are so 2016.
In a recent video, Stacey Higginbotham of Stacey On IoT shows you how to control your TV using an Amazon Alexa or Google Home. You can ask them to “Turn on Netflix” or “Turn off Entertainment System”. Your request can turn off or turn on multiple entertainment system components (e.g. the receiver, TV, Roku) at one time using the Logitech Harmony Hub.
But it’s not instantaneous. Stacey shows how long it can take for the various components to talk to each other and make the action work.
Have a look, and you can see more Internet of Things videos on Stacey’s channel.
My name is ken and I am looking for something easy for my mo when is 92 yrs old. It needs to be as simple as possible. Want to know if I get her an Amazon Alexa can she go from her tv to roku without her having to use her remote? Her eyesight is very bad not to mention her hearing. Or can she she go to Netflix without having to say roku and then Netflix, etc?
Stacey Higginbotham says
To do this you would need to have an Echo or a Google Home device plus a Logitech Harmony device. She may be able to do this with the appropriate Chromecast or Fire Tv devices but that wouldn’t control the Roku.