About to walk into a bestbuy. Anything I can buy to integrate that will give me audible Voice alerts when a sensor is tripped??
An Echo Dot is probably the cheapest and easiest. Assuming, of course, that you have a sensor that works with it. (If you are using a smartthings hub, most of the sensors that work with SmartThings can also work with an Alexa routine.)
Alexa routines Let you choose from a chime, dog barking, custom voice announcement, etc.
Breaking News!!! As of August 2018, a SmartThings-connected Contact or Motion Sensor can now trigger an Amazon echo routine if you live in the US, Canada, or the UK !!!
Amazon has now added the ability for some sensors to trigger an Amazon echo routine (not a smartthings routine), which does let you trigger other smart home devices which are not connected to SmartThings without having to speak an echo command! Or you can set it up so that your echo devices will speak a customized phrase, play a doorbell chime, or various other sound effects.
And even better, that contact sensor can be a virtual contact sensor. So you can set up the logic on the SmartThings side however you want, then use webcore to set the virtual contact sensor open or closed as you need it, and that will tr…