These new devices are helping Amazon's Alexa control your home

Ecobee and Noon are two companies offering Alexa-controlled, easy-to-install smart lighting systems that learn movements and respond to a range of requests
  • The ecobee Switch+ and Noon's smart switch are easy-to-install lighting kits that replace existing light switch plates and connect directly with Alexa.
  • The ecobee Switch+ can be bought for $99, and the Noon for $149.

Resembling a suburbanite-friendly version of HAL 9000 from “2001: A Space Odyssey” (but lacking the homicidal tendencies), the new Switch+ is marketed as a lighting control appliance, but also plays music and helps with general lifestyle needs and tasks such as weather reports, traffic updates and adding items to shopping lists.