In a world in which technology is improving at a rapid rate, keeping up with all the latest gadgets that make life easier can be a tall task. November marks the 2-year anniversary of the release of the Amazon Echo, one of the first smart speakers that responds to the name "Alexa." It was the first major-brand smart speaker that featured a voice-driven user interface, capable of voice interaction, music playback, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, and providing weather, traffic, and other real time information. Recently, Amazon Echo and Control 4, the leader in smart home automation and home entertainment systems, partnered together to deliver hands-free home automation. It is a match made in heaven, as Control 4 allows customers to control numerous aspects of their home – from room temperature and shade position, to lighting control, security, and playing music – it truly does it all. This new integration means that Control 4 dealers such as Atlanta Audio & Automation can demonstrate the awe-inspiring abilities of the marrying of these two technologies.