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This smart home assistant works with natural language

(TECH) Soy is selling a new way to talk to your home. For Soy, you control and interact with your smart home through messaging. Users message Soy to control and interact with their smart home.

Regardless of what you call it – the connected home, the smart home, or the Internet of Things – the future is coming where almost everything inside your home is connected. Soy is selling a new way to talk to your home. How exactly can you ‘talk’ to your home? For Soy, you control and interact with your smart home through messaging. Users message Soy to control and interact with their smart home.

No jargon necessary

One of the most unique features of Soy is that it works with natural language. That is to say, users message Soy in natural language, to control and interact with their Smart Home. This means if you want to turn your lights off, all you have to do is message Soy, “turn off the lights.” Similarly, if you want to setup a schedule to turn your lights on everyday at 8pm, all you have to do is message Soy to “turn on lights everyday at 8pm.”

It’s that simple. You don’t have to mess with specific jargon or nomenclature that isn’t intuitive.

According to their website, “Soy was born with the idea that your Smart home is more than a collection of Smart Devices inside your house. Instead, your Smart Home is a friend and assistant that makes your life easier. Soy is that friend.”

Works with the Smart Things hub

As of now, a lot of smart home devices aren’t as intuitive or easy to use. Most require you to dig through layers of pages, buttons and rules to perform simple or complex tasks. Likewise, they also aren’t integrated so you can control them right from your phone or smart device.

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At this time, Soy works with the Smart Things hub. These include Android, August, Hue, iOS, Lifx, Samsung, SmartThings, SMS, Telegram, Wink, ZigBee, and Zwave. Other products are expected to be added in the future.

Visit their website to find out more information. If you want to receive the latest updates on Soy, you can join their mailing list by signing up for the beta. This way you can make sure you’re always in the know on this nifty smart home device.


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Nichole earned a Master's in Sociology from Texas State University and has publications in peer-reviewed journals. She has spent her career in tech and advertising. Her writing interests include the intersection of tech and society. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Communication and Media Studies at Murdoch University.


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