It’s no lie that with fibre connectivity, we are able to connect more devices in our home than ever before. With the boom in connectivity, companies such as Amazon and Google have created products that fit seamlessly with these new home networks such as the Alexa Echo. Got yourself an Alexa for your home? Here are 9 things you should do to make it work for you.
Connect your tunes
The primary purpose of the Alexa is that it is a speaker, so, obviously, the first thing you should do is connect your music. The Echo supports 5 streaming services: Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn.
If you have an Amazon account, your music should be automatically connected. To connect other services, just open the app on your smartphone.
Listen to the news
While we can access news via multiple channels, we don’t always have the time. It’s better to listen to the news while you are driving or doing something. Since inception, the Echo supports news sources such as Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, AP, Slate and The Daily Show. Add the news sources you want and then say “Alexa, what’s the news?”.
Connect your smart home
The coolest thing to do with Alexa is to connect your smart home, and chances are is that is actually what you purchased it for.
Alexa integrates with Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, WeMo, Nest, Ecobee, Insteon and TP-Link smart home gadgets. Then it’s just “Alexa, Lights Off!”
If you are feeling a little adventurous and want to connect your TV etc to Alexa, you can get a Logitech Harmony Hub and connect it up. You need to be a little tech savvy, so if you don’t think you can do it, contact us.
If you have a FitBit, Alexa can help you track your fitness goals. Alexa will be able to tell you all sorts of fitness stats including steps taken, distance covered, etc. Fitbit has a full list of all the voice commands you can use with Alexa.
We are not sure if you can do this in South Africa yet, but it’s worth a try. All you need to do is connect your pizza account and say “Alexa, ask Pizza Hut to place an order”. If this works for you as a South Africa, let us know in the comments!
Book an Uber
What’s great about Alexa is that it’s a personal assistant for your home. Activate your Uber on Alexa and you can use your phone for important things such as phone calls.
Activate Uber and say “Alexa, book an Uber”
Shop often from Amazon? Making it simpler may seem like a bad idea, but this is just one more step into modern convenience.
You need to have Amazon Prime’s one click shopping set up, you’ll be able to surf through 1000’s of items. You won’t see the product description, but if you know what you want or purchased something before, it’s perfect.
Test your general knowledge
Test your trivia knowledge with friends in a wide range of categories ranging from sports to travel to world history. Once you’ve enabled the Jeopardy J6 Skill, starting a game is easy, just say “Alexa, play Jeopardy”.
Give Alexa a friend
This article was inspired by Mashable.com