You don’t necessarily have to buy an Amazon Echo to control your smart home using voice commands. Not when you can buy a C by GE Lamp to get the job done. It comes integrated with Alexa voice service, so you can order dinner, listen to the news, and execute other commands by talking to it. No additional hub or smartphone is required.
The lamp has microphones and a speaker to hear your commands and talk back. It will go on preorder in early 2017.