The Shade Store apparently sell at least two different systems. There's Lutron-based stuff, and then there's their own brand. For their own brand there are at least 2 different bridges, don't need if they use the same underlying protocol, though I think so.
The easy option is to just buy the bridge, which can then be operated from your smartphone. The V1 ...
One possible way would be to have the IFTTT send some sort of async message to your device or set some state somewhere that you can later async read. Some choices would be email, SMS, pubnub, google pubsub, airtable
Yes, you can individually name devices and control them independently of each other.
You can also create groups of devices and control the groups.
As for if you can manually turn sockets on/off this will depend on the manufacture.
For some reason it would appear that Alexa is trying to find the distance between you and either San Fransisco and Los Angeles... Perhaps Alexa is finding some place near you which is called Los Angeles or San Fransisco (like a restaurant or anything)?
I would suggest asking "what's the distance between San Fransisco California and Los Angeles ...
Alexa has updated their software to directly support garage openers. Now I can hook up the garage opener through Hubitat as a garage opener (no more having to trick things using virtual devices) and Alexa sees the garage opener as a garage opener (no more tricking).
This allows her to directly open and close the garage opener and report back its state. I ...