Powering your smart home: the top 5 benefits of Amazon Devices

Living in a smart home can make life so much easier and more enjoyable.

An abode equipped with advanced technology and automation systems that can be controlled remotely can bring a host of benefits that vastly improves your way of life.

Thanks to Amazon Devices, living in a smart home is no longer a pipe dream.

Amazon Devices are a range of electronic devices produced and sold by Amazon.com, designed to be used in the home and are often integrated with Amazon’s services and products.

These devices power the smart home in five ways:

Smart home control

With Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, you can control a vast array of smart home devices from lights to thermostats to security cameras, all with your voice. Alexa can integrate with a wide range of devices and platforms, allowing you to easily automate and manage your home.

Amazon devices can also be controlled through smartphone apps, making them easy to use and convenient for a wide range of activities.

This is particularly useful to persons with disabilities or mobility issues. Voice-activated assistants provide greater accessibility and independence by enabling tasks such as turning on lights or adjusting the thermostat without the need for physical effort.


Amazon offers a range of devices for streaming music, movies, and TV shows, including the Echo Dot, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Cube. With these devices, you can easily access your favorite streaming services and control playback with your voice.

Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote
Fire TV Cube with Alexa Voice Remote Pro


Amazon’s Echo devices also make it easy to shop for products with just your voice. You can add items to your shopping list, order products, and even track packages, all without ever having to pick up your phone or computer.

All-New Echo Dot (5th Gen, 2022 release)
Echo Studio (Charcoal) with Amazon Smart Plug

Home security

Amazon’s Ring brand offers a range of home security devices, including video doorbells, security cameras, and alarm systems. With these devices, you can monitor your home and receive alerts on your phone when there’s any suspicious activity, giving you greater peace of mind.

Ring Video Doorbell 
Ring Alarm Pro, 8-piece kit


Amazon devices can enable health monitoring by providing users with a range of tools and resources to support their wellness goals. Whether through sleep tracking through Halo Rise or managing overall fitness with Halo View, Amazon devices are designed to help users take control of their health and wellbeing.

Halo Rise
Halo View


Finally, Amazon’s devices can help make your daily routines more convenient. For example, the Echo Show can display your calendar, weather forecasts, and news headlines, while the Echo Auto lets you control your smart home devices and listen to music while you’re driving.

Echo Show 15
All-New Echo Auto (2nd Gen, 2022 release)

Thanks to Amazon Devices, your home can be designed to be a more convenient, efficient, and secure living space that can adapt to your needs and make your life easier. It is a home that is connected, automated, and controlled by technology, providing a more seamless, comfortable and enjoyable living experience.

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The Jelly List: Book adaptations to stream on Amazon Prime Video

Adapting books to the screen has always been very challenging. Video is a vastly different medium from books, wherein the directive is to “show, not tell.” Scenes and internal dialogues painstakingly detailed in novels will be hard to interpret on the screen. Also, some novels, even though widely successful, might not have enough of a following to justify the expense in producing and marketing a feature film or a series on network television.

Fortunately, the massive popularity of over-the-top (OTT) services gave rise to book adaptations specifically for online and on-demand video streaming. Freed from the constraints of content and length for film and scheduling constraints of network TV, and taking advantage of the data gained through subscriptions and online transactions, multi-episode series covering increasingly edgy and conplex topics are being produced. These result to more freedom in storytelling and to more expansive and lived-in worlds for book lovers to reaquaint themselves with and for non-readers of the books to discover and grow to love.

Amazon Prime Video, the video-on-demand service operated by online retailer Amazon.com, has joined the fray in producing book adaptations that are sure to capture new audiences as well as further endear the works to their existing fans. Novels being adapted into Amazon Original Series include:

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchet

Two of fantasy literature’s rock stars – Neil Gaiman and the late Terry Pratchett – collaborated on Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch. The novel was a hilarious ride through the adventures of an angel and a demon who became friends and their efforts to stop Armageddon as heralded by the birth of an unwitting AntiChrist.

Its adaptation stars Michael Sheen as Aziraphale the Angel and David Tennant as Crowley the Demon. The miniseries premiered on May 31, 2019 and has received rave reviews on Rotten Tomatoes owing to Sheen and Tennant’s “very nearly holy (or maybe unholy?) chemistry.” Despite a petition – erroneously addressed to Netflix at that – to cancel the series, the production has received a slew of nominations in the Saturn Awards and the Primetime Emmys.

Jack Ryan based on the Jack Ryan Novels by Tom Clancy

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan character has had quite a good run in cinemas with winning portrayals from some of Hollywood’s top actors: from Alec Baldwin in Hunt for Red October, Harrison Ford in Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger, Ben Affleck in The Sum of All Fears, and Chris Pine in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.

John Krasinski now portrays Jack Ryan in the Amazon series as a former Marine and financial analyst wrenched from the security of his desk job after discovering a string of dubious bank transfers and sets about matching his wits against rising a extremist named Suleiman. The series premiered on August 31, 2018 and has already been renewed for its second and third seasons.

The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick

Philip K. Dick’s novel The Man in the High Castle depicts an alternate reality wherein the Axis powers win World War II. Here, the United States was divided among Japan and Germany as the spoils of war: the Greater Nazi Reich in the East and the Japanese Pacific States to the West. Set in 1962, several years after the war, characters are tantalized by the writings of “the man in the high castle,” which hint at the truth that the Axis actually lost the war.

The series incorporates fantastical elements such as having “multiple Earths,” as can be seen in films collected by the titular “man in the high castle,” a mysterious leader of the resistance. The show’s pilot has been said to be “Amazon’s most watched” and has gained praise on Rotten Tomatoes as “unlike anything else on TV, with an immediately engrossing plot driven by fully developed characters in a fully-realized post-WWII dystopia.” The series premiered on November 20, 2015 with three seasons already released. It has also already been renewed for its fourth and final season.

Really, it’s a great time to be alive for book lovers who want to see their favorite tomes come alive on-screen.

What book do you want to see adapted to a series? Let me know in the comments.

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