Amazon’s Alexa and Echo: What and Why? The Possibilities are Endless

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Smart home trends are becoming more and more, well, trendy these days. Being able to control all aspects of your house by simply using technology is now every homeowner’s dream. And when it comes to making that dream a reality, the Amazon Echo, with virtual assistant Alexa, is as good as it gets. Alexa can do almost anything, from answering questions and playing that playlist you don’t want anyone else to know about to providing weather updates to help you plan your next party. And that’s just the tip os the iceberg. Read on to learn all there is to know about Alexa.

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What Exactly Is The Amazon Echo?

Let’s forget about all of the things the Amazon Echo can do and first take a look at what it is. The Echo is a hand’s free speaker that is voice controlled. Tall and slim, inside this ingenious contraption are seven expertly tuned speakers that can immerse a room with 360-degrees worth of sound. By itself, it’s pretty cool. But when you add Alexa to it, the Echo appears to be an invention from another planet.

Alexa is the voice activated software that allows you to control absolutely everything in your world through the Echo. By simply speaking at a normal volume, you can order a pizza while Nickelback is blaring through the speakers; Alexa will hear you loud and clear and your pizza will be there in 25 to 30 minutes. What makes her scary cool, though, is that she is always learning.

The more you use Alexa, the more she becomes yours. If you talk to her often enough, she will begin to learn your personal preferences by detecting your own unique vocabulary and speech patterns. Seriously, is there anything she can’t do?

 

What Amazon’s Alexa Can Do and Why You should get One

 

  1. Play any Music you Desire.

Whether you feel like hearing a specific artist, a certain genre, or a variety of tumes, Alexa can find it for you. For example, if your rich and somewhat conservative in-laws are over, all you have to do is ask Alexa to play music appropriate for a dinner party. She will take over and find the perfect list of songs for you and your guests. Make sure to do it in front of them so they can be impressed.

 

  1. Call anyone you need from any distance.

Busy with the kids and need to call your husband? Not a problem! You can still answer the phone and send messages while you scrub the crayon sketches off the wall. While you’re at it, feel free to ask Alexa the best solution to take care of that too.

  1. Continue to learn and grow.

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Alexa catalogs your requests, interests, and questions to become more in tune with you. Over time, she will get to know you and your secret desires. If you live alone, now you have someone to talk to. Just make sure it’s not too much.

  1. Instantly get your weather report

Alexa doesn’t need eyes to see the weather. Before you decide what to wear for the day, make sure to find out if it’s going to rain or how hot it’s going to get.

 

  1. Tell you how to get where you’re going

Now you never need to stress over directions and the possibility of awful traffic again. Alexa will always know the fastest way for you to get where you need to go. She is the one backseat driver you won’t mind listening to!

 

  1. Control your TV

Alexa also knows what time Game of Thrones is starting, so you’ll never miss an episode again. You can ask her or set a reminder for her to let you know when it’s showtime. You will be the first to know who dies in the latest episode; no more spoilers on social media to ruin it for you.

 

  1. Work with kids Biig and Small

I mentioned kids earlier, but did you know the Amazon Echo is useful for “kids” of all ages? Alexa is the new best friend to those in their 20’s who have just flown the nest. We all know how hungry we were and desperate for a home-cooked meal. Say goodbye to the ramen noodles from your college days, Alexa can help you whip up some real food. All you have to do is ask.

 

  1. Keep you in the loop

Like to keep up with current events? Now you can hear about that politician’s latest shenanigans, or how the world can no longer sustain humankind all from the comfort of your bathroom while you get ready in the morning.

 

  1. Take control of your home

One of the best features of the Amazon Echo is Alexa’s ability to control everything in your home – Your Personal Smart-Home Hub. Now when you wake up on a cold morning, tell Alexa to turn up the heat while you wait under the covers.

If you have one of those rooms where the light switch is all the way by the door, you will never have to try and navigate your way through the dark again since Alexa can turn on the lights for you.

What Else Is There?

Amazon has created something amazing with the Echo, and now they’ve added that magic to some other devices, starting with the Echo Look; the Look is the newest and best way to fulfill all your fashion dreams and desires, helping you “look” your best for any occasion.

If you prefer sending messages, be sure to check out the Echo Dot. What makes this device special is that you can send messages through Dots; so, if your friends or family have Dots, you can talk instantly and hands-free to them at all times. And for those of you who would love to take the Amazon Echo with you wherever you go, now you can with the Echo Tap.

It has all of the same features, in a smaller, travel-friendly size. Blessed with Dolby speakers, you will be able to hear your favorite music no matter where you are.

If You’re Not Convinced Yet, Read This

All of this is why you need an Amazon Echo, and Alexa, in your life. She is the key to having your very own first smart home. Just imagine how awesome it will be to do things like dim the lights with your voice for the perfect ambiance or order an Uber to take you to the airport. And of course, you can do all this while listening to music, since Alexa can play anything you’re in the mood for. Just voice your thoughts out loud, and Alexa will be there at your beck and call.

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