Connecting everything up is as simple as visiting the Alexa channel and following the prompts. It’ll first request access to Alexa, which requires logging into the Amazon account linked with the Echo, and then ask to integrate with the chosen service. Currently, the channel hosts recipes that allow interaction with Hue lights, Samsung’s SmartThings hub, smart thermostats, Evernote, Spotify and Google Drive.

The beauty of IFTTT is that the community can create their own recipes, which are then shared with other users. The channel provides a basic list of options but tinkerers may be able to come up with other truly useful ideas.