Step-by-Step Tutorial: How to Integrate Your Kalado Feeder with Alexa Through the Smart Life App

by Jean-luc poochcard
Animated doggy in a scene with a smart water bowl integrated into his sci fi smart home

Introduction

Have you ever wished you could feed your dog with just a voice command? We had a great time looking at the future of smart doggy water systems, and then we looked at ways you can make the future happen today and integrate those systems with your existing smart home setup. If you’re wondering how to get started, wonder no more!

I’ll walk you through the steps to set up and fully integrate a smart feeder with your echo device in this tutorial.

Let’s Get Started!

I remember the first time I tried this out with my dog, Max. I was in the middle of a grueling grooming session with a Komondor pup who was freaking out about me touching his dreadlocks. Just when I had him calmed down I realized that I forgot to fill up Max’s water bowl. Instead of taking the Komondor down from the table, filling up my pup’s own and returning to square one with my grooming client, I just said, “Alexa, fill Max’s bowl.” The next thing I knew, Max was happily slurping away and my big groomee was starting to doze off while I brushed his knots out. It felt like magic!

Requirements

Kalado Smart Dog feeder
This and a smart phone are all you need to get started!
  • Kalado Feeder or any Wi-Fi dog feeder compatible with the Smart Life or Tuya app
  • Amazon Alexa device
  • Smart Life app installed on your smartphone

Step 1: Ensure Compatibility

First, make sure your Wi-Fi dog feeder is compatible with the Smart Life or Tuya app. The Kalado Feeder is highly recommended for this setup.

Head on over to the Google Play Store and download the smart life app.

Step 2: Pair with Smart Life App

  1. Open the Smart Life app on your smartphone.
  2. Click “Add Device.”
  3. Go under “Small Appliances.”
  4. Choose “Pet Feeder” and follow the on-screen instructions to pair your feeder.
The smart life app is optimized to work with Amazon Alexa and Echo devices. It also works with google and IFTT though I haven’t tested those integrations personally.

Step 3: Create a Scene in Smart Life

  1. In the Smart Life app, go to “Scenes.”
  2. Click “Tap to Run.”
  3. Create a new scene called “Dog Feeder.”
  4. Set the action to dispense the number of portions suitable for your dog.

Step 4: Enable Smart Life Skill in Alexa

  1. Open the Alexa app.
  2. Go to “More” and then “Skills.”
  3. Search for the “Smart Life” skill and enable it.
  4. Log in to your Smart Life account to link it with Alexa.

Step 5: Import Scene into Alexa

Once the Smart Life skill is enabled, Alexa will automatically import the “Dog Feeder” scene you created.

Step 6: Create a Custom Routine in Alexa

  1. In the Alexa app, go to “Routines.”
  2. Click the “+” button to create a new routine.
  3. Name it “Dog Feeder.”
  4. Set the trigger phrase, like “feed the dog.”
  5. Add action -> Smart Home -> Control Scene -> Choose “Dog Feeder” scene.
  6. Save the routine.

Step 7: Test It Out

Cute pixar looking doggie with a futuristic smart water bowl.
Smart water bowls and a smart harness? As easy as it was to get the integration with Alexa and Kolado set up, I wouldn’t be surprised if I could get Max’s harness integrated with my smart refrigerator.

Say the trigger phrase to your Alexa device. For example, “Alexa, feed the dog.” Your Kalado Feeder should dispense the food as set up in the Smart Life app.

The first time I used this setup, Max looked at me as if I was a wizard. It’s not just convenient; it’s also a fun party trick to show off your smart home capabilities!

Conclusion

And there you have it! You’ve successfully integrated your Kalado Feeder with Alexa through the Smart Life app. Feeding your dog is as easy as saying a simple voice command. Enjoy the convenience and the extra time you’ll have on your hands!

Since setting this up, I’ve found that I can focus more on my grooming sessions and writing, knowing that Max will be fed on time every time. It’s a win-win for both of us!

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