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Alexa?

When I bought my first Amazon Alexa and got it working, I was simply amazed.  All those words and following all of mine (well, mostly) just staggered me.  I had dealt with voice recognition (Dragonspeak, the old version) and was not amazed as you had to train the machine to understand you.

Today, we are moving along moment-to-moment improving the way this type of software works.  In a very short time, since I bought Alexa, the software has, already, grown leaps and bounds.  Things I couldn’t get her to understand, she does easily now and with more detail.  I don’t pay anything for my Alexa on a monthly basis.  Alexa, right out of the box, does almost all of what I required her to do.

Like?

  1. Timer – Alexa sets up to 3 timers for me to remind me in a few words what I wanted.
  2. Alarm – Alexa sets up to 3 alarms for me to remind me it’s time to do something.  I have 3 Alexas in my home in 3 rooms.  Since I bought them, they are semi-connected and know a bit of what each other is doing.  You can set it up for more; I just haven’t.  But. now, I can cancel an alarm in my bedroom from my living room or computer room.
  3. Looks up nearly everything.
  4. Talks to me if I need a quick “hello” or “Hope you’re doing well.”
  5. Will sing, tell jokes etc…
  6. Plays music for me.
  7. Tells me the time (great for when you are nearly asleep and don’t want to look at that glowing clock).
  8. Does measurements for me (like telling me how many tablespoons are in a cup to how much a does a gallon of honey weigh?).
  9. Always polite.
  10. She will order things on Amazon, if you like.
  11. Accepts compliments.
  12. Talks to me when I am not sleeping well.
  13. Tells me the weather for my town or anyplace else on Earth.  For example, right now – Stockholm, Sweden is 42 degrees F and the weather sounds better than here.
  14. Will give me a one week forecast for my town.
  15. And dozens of other things.

I was just sitting and thinking about this and decided writing the post would do me some good as I am always praising Alexa.  The cost for a small 3rd generation on Amazon is $35.

If you have Amazon Prime (for me $99/yr) you get free 2 day shipping and I get to watch all those movies (that and Netflix have me set).

Now, if I could just figure out my TV remote…

Namaste,

Scott

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