A lot of useful info here, thanks a bunch.The current landscape seems to be that it is fairly easy to get Alexa to talk to “hubs” or devices that have their own apps. For example, I plug a floor fan into a smart socket from TPLink, It hops on my network and I install their Kasa app on my iPhone. Then I use the Alexa app on my phone to interact with the Kasa app. So I tell Alexa to turn on my fan, but it is Kasa that does the turning on.
Apparently I can get a smart thermostat that comes with an app, and then link that app to Alexa and I can ask Alexa the room temperature.
Right now there do not appear to be sensor devices that will hop onto my network and talk to Alexa directly.
But this may be possible with some extra coding and a “helper” app.
If this view of the landscape is correct I am wondering if this means plug-n-play “Alexa ready” sensors are coming soon, or is Amazon holding back for fear of undercutting the hub-based ecosystems like SmartThings.
Again, thanks for great input…Stephen