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Straight out of the box, Alexa can already perform a wide range of tasks, like set timers, read the news headlines and weather forecast, tell jokes and answer general knowledge questions. Dig a little deeper, and you will unearth the skills catalog, which is full of additional things Alexa can be programmed to do.
Some skills work entirely on their own, while others are required to make Alexa interact with something else, such as an online service like Spotify, or a smart home product like a Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner. Unlike smartphone applications, which require a good understanding of computer programming, Amazon has made it easy for anyone to create an Alexa skill.
Called Alexa Blueprints, the system helps users build an Alexa skill that is personalized to you, without doing any coding at all. However, like many phone apps, some include additional subscription costs to unlock their full potential.
Just like an app store, you can read the description and check out star ratings and reviews of every skill before you enable it. Some skills are essential and work well, like those for using Spotify, Sonos, and the Roomba vacuum cleaner we mentioned earlier.
Some skills from high-profile organizations like the BBC (one-star average review score) and Amazon -owned Ring (2.7 stars) have had their fair share of problems and criticism. Often this stems from a faulty update which broke the skill's core functionality, resulting in a flood of one-star reviews.
Even if the skill is fixed quickly, it takes a long time for new positive reviews to bring the average back up again. Another example is the Xbox skill, which lets you turn your console on or off by asking Alexa, and you can even record a snippet of gameplay and save it by speaking to the assistant.
It's a multi-step process and required when hooking up Alexa with other devices, but only needs doing once for each skill you enable, and is simple enough to follow. By enabling, this skill can be accessed on all your available Alexa devices.
We offer a collection of tools, APIs, reference solutions, and documentation to make it easier to build for Alexa. Amazon today announced a long-form speaking style for news and music content within third-party Alexa skills (i.e., voice apps).
Starting this week in the U.S., developers can use the style, which is optimized for large amounts of textual information, to read aloud web pages, articles, podcasts, and storytelling portions of games. The new speaking style could improve experiences by making verbalized text sound more natural, and by extension boost overall user engagement.
Amazon says the long-form speaking style is powered by an AI text-to-speech model that incorporates natural pauses while transitioning from one paragraph to the next, and even from one dialog to another. That’s akin to a recently launched Google Assistant feature that reads long-form content on websites and within Android apps using a more natural and human like voice.
The company’s model consists of a generative neural network that converts a sequence of phonemes into a sequence of spectrograph, or visual representations of the spectrum of frequencies of sound as they vary with time, coupled with a decoder that converts those spectrograph into a continuous audio signal. VentureBeat's mission is to be a digital town square for technical decision makers to gain knowledge about transformative technology and transact.
Amazon ’s Echo speakers that come with the power of Alexa, have really changed the way people interact with devices at home. Personally, Alexa is the only device that my kids interact with on a regular basis.
While Siri has stagnated, Google and Amazon have really built devices and services that you can talk too to get information, play games, etc. And used to perform tasks like control your smart devices or order a pizza.
And since the service runs in the cloud, it constantly gets smarter and there is no need to upgrade your hardware. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the most useful commands and skills that you can use with your Echo device and Alexa.
As a result, this feature automatically reorders coffee when it starts to get low. Consumers that are active at work when they’re on-the-go will find the Chat Bot Skill pivotal to increasing productivity.
By enabling the Chatbot skill, workers can audibly request Alexa to post on their behalf. Just by saying Alexa, open Capital One,” a consumer is able to check their account details: from checking your current balance to viewing available credit and cash on hand to seeing credit card due dates and recent transactions.
Just by saying, Alexa, ask Opening Bell, a consumer is able to check the stock market. Enable the cleaning function along with the NATO Bot vac Connected, the iRobot Roomba 690, 890, and 960, or the Samsung Powerboat VR7000 series.
Alexa is a savvy trainer to that is ready to talk the consumer through their workout. Setting up voice profiles enables Alexa to distinguish who is issuing the command.
” Alexa replies with upcoming events from the voice profile’s calendar. Therefore, tell Alexa exactly what you need to remember and it will remind you of that said task and time.
For instance, the user can create a routine for the phrase Good Morning. Currently, they only work for smart home devices, news, traffic and weather updates.
Delete specific recordings, by going to the Amazon Echo app > Settings > History. Additionally, visiting Amazon ’s Voice Shopping page briefs the consumer of the appropriate sentences to say to trigger purchases or add items to your cart.
It also delivers answers to commonly asked questions about the Red Planet. Providing basic first aid answers, The Mayo Clinic released a skill checklist for first-aid from minor scratches to CPR.
Most importantly, after selecting a recipe, the ingredients and directions are sent to the user’s Alexa app. The Big Sky skill offers local forecasts based on the user’s street address.
Using information from Dark Sky, data such as wind speed and humidity is provided. A 5-minute briefing of the day’s headlines, which is updated every hour, is available on The NPR News Now skill.
Likewise, CNN, the Associated Press, and the BBC offer similar skill functions as well. With Alexa, a consumer has immediate assistance in finding their phone using their voice.
The Elle magazine’s Castro Twins skill provides one of the most popular horoscope readings. Once the skill is enabled, the user is able to receive personalized horoscopes from the Castro Twins.
Serving inspirational quotes from famous people, from Maya Angelou to Christopher Walker, users are never at a loss for wise words. Uniquely, the quotes are spoken by the individuals themselves rather than via Alexa, which enriches the experience.
It’s possible to search by name, subscribe to podcasts, skip ahead or back, and pause an episode. With such podcasts like Serial, Radio Lab, This American Life, S-Town, The Moth, The Daily, TED Radio Hour, and This Week In Tech.
In detail, Alexa pilfers your address book to find compatible devices, and then it offers the option of calling or texting them. ” Multiple people and their respective Amazon accounts can be added to an Alexa household profile.
It’s important to realize that additional members doesn’t mean there are separate shopping or to-do lists. It’s also worth noting that this command allows those additional members' permission to use the primary Prime account to order items.
Just by asking, a consumer can order millions of products from Amazon Prime through Alexa. Once a consumer has set up an account with Uber or Lyft and the payment options are fulfilled, they can request a driver from Alexa.
While your wish is Alexa ’s command, the ride fare is debited automatically from your account. Furthermore, the consumer can check the status of their order on the Domino’s Tracker updates.
To be noted, the user needs to tell the company the addresses for the contacts, the arrangement style, and the preferred size. Training gets a lot easier when the user asks, Alexa, start the 7-minute workout.
” This function suggests reportedly tested exercises that’ll increase metabolism, improve energy and reduce fat. For the consumer who needs to make the most of their time, Alexa ’s Personal Trainer function is a great tool.
Just like an assistant, Alexa is capable of helping consumers book travel on Kayak.com. By specifically telling Alexa the budget you’re working with, a more concise search is made.
To utilize this travel-savvy feature, a consumer need only inquire Alexa, ask Kayak where I can go for $400. These playlists are based on specific activities, eras, artists, and even your mood.
If the user has Amazon Music Unlimited, then they’ll also need to go ahead and subscribe to the Family Plan. Then by going to Multi-Room Music section in the Settings' menu on the Alexa app, users can follow the directions.
By asking Alexa, play Trivia games,” a user transforms into a player. Other games are available like Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock, Chess, 20 questions, Bingo, Jeopardy, and Tic-Tac-Toe.
Another popular game that is an Alexa skill is Yes Sire, where you are the lord of a realm and have to make many decisions. New moms will love the Everyday Health’s What to Expect skill for Alexa.
In essence, it provides daily and weekly tips, guides, and advice for expectant parents. In the long run, it’s capable of providing advice for the first year of your newborn’s life, too.
This is accomplished by telling Alexa to play a song, radio station, or music genre at a particular time. ” The message will send to the respective Echo device and Alexa app on the recipient’s phone.
Select Hyundai autos with the Blue Link feature can be started remotely. The driver can change the interior temperature and turn on the horn and lights, by using the Blue Link Skill.
Another one of my favorites is Ambient Sounds, which consists of thunderstorms, rain, ocean, bubbling brooks, and lots more. Quick calculations or conversions, especially while cooking or dealing with foreign currencies can be problematic.
Difficult tasks are solved by asking Alexa, how many ounces are in a liter? Just by saying Alexa, tell a bedtime story to parents have an instantaneous storyteller at beck and call.
A key point to remember is that the consumer needs a connected device like a Demo smart plug for this skill to work. Other companies like Lu tron, Samsung SmartThings, Philips Hue and Control4 offer similar skills for turning off the lights too.
” Although details are not included, it will tell the consumer the expected arrival date of their delivery. Utilize this intercom option to pipe into Echo speakers that are placed within a house.
Providing a direct line of communication to the Echo devices around the house, messages are relayed quickly. By connecting Alexa to a Logitech Harmony remote, voice-activated commands eliminate the need to push buttons.
Additionally, Dish customers are quite capable of controlling their satellite TV box using Alexa as well. I’m sure this list will be out of date within a year, so I’ll be sure to come back and update it with new features and skills that Alexa will gain.