I’m planning to experiment with voice control for home automation and would welcome opinions on whether to first try Google or Amazon’s products (or any alternatives). I had read in a review that Google had a slight edge with
voice control. Eavesdropping is not desired.
Initial applications would be control of lighting and heating controls in one room. Later, possibly making outbound voice calls (e.g. for emergency use). Also later, voice access to photo and video libraries on NAS. There is an Amazon Firestick in the room. There is no need for shopping on Amazon. WiFi connectivity should not be an issue. Another speaker would be added to another room later. If the speaker could sound when the WiFi connected doorbell (alarm triggers and video feed to Blue Iris) is pressed that would be great. (A compact speaker unit is better but not at the expense of performance on any of the above.