Any gadget that supports Amazon’s incredibly powerful Alexa voice assistant catches my attention pretty quickly. The latest is the Nucleus, a smart home intercom with a video camera that lets you chat with members around the house. It’s like the intercoms we all remember from the 80s and 90s, but souped up with all sorts of features, including Alexa.
“MOM! The Meatloaf!”
Nucleus sports the basics that you’d expect from any modern intercom system, including a wide-angle HD camera, a built-in microphone that lets you chat with folks on phones and on other Nucleus units, Wi-Fi/Ethernet and remote access through a Nucleus application. With Alexa, you can ping Amazon’s voice assistant from any room that has a Nucleus, just like adding another Amazon Echo to the room. That’ll let you control the lights with your voice, check sports scores, play music and more. Also, Nucleus doesn’t require any sort of fancy setup, just connect the units to Wi-Fi and you’re good to go – no crazy wires running through the walls.
The Nucleus is incredibly attractive for folks like me. I’m currently sitting in my man-cave on the third floor, and a Nucleus would make it easy to chat with people downstairs. The Nucleus launches in stores today, including in Lowes and on Amazon for $249 each or $199 each if you buy a pair.