New integrations with Amazon Alexa and IFTTT will offer unique functionality into the daily routines of families
Today, Circle Media Labs Inc., a leading developer of products used by families to manage connected devices, debuted two additional Connections to its smart family platform to better integrate into the natural routines of families.
Assistant with Alexa
Through Connections, Circle with Disney products will connect with Amazon’s Alexa to give parents the ability to ask questions about their kid’s screen time usage by voice alone. Kids will even be able to get in on the action by asking about their time limits and bedtimes. Families can also get real-time monitoring of usage by asking a command such as, “Get the total usage” or ask by category like online shopping or YouTube.
Automation with IFTTT
Connecting with IFTTT enables Circle with Disney to be connected to hundreds of smart home apps and devices unlocking a world of possibilities. For example, users can make lightbulbs change color when your kid’s bedtime begins, pause the internet™ if the weather is suitable for outdoor play, and even reward them for reciting the first ten digits of Pi.
“These 2 latest integrations represent a major leap forward for the smart family,” said Lance Charlish, chief executive officer, Circle Media, Inc. “By integrating more naturally into ways in which families are already using technology, these Connections offer easy ways to not only keep screen time in check but ensure the family is practicing healthy habits.”
These latest Connections join the FamilyTech’s apps, “MotherShp,” “ChoreMonster,” and “Landra,” to give kids the opportunity to earn screen time by doing the chores they’re already completing. By completing tasks, they’re able to be rewarded with extended time limits on their devices and even late bedtimes, effectively making screen time a form of currency.
Pricing and Availability
Connections are included with an account with Circle with Disney. Circle Home – is available for $99 at all major retailers in the US, including Amazon, Best Buy, Target, and Walmart. The free Circle companion app can be downloaded for iOS or Android from the Apple App Store or Google Play. Monthly subscription for Circle Go is $4.99 for up to 10 mobile devices.