Alexa’s Got Skills
Alexa devices depend on skills to help out around the house. Like an app for your phone, some skills are built in, and others help out just when you need them. Dinnertime is always hectic, with homework and kids coming and going. Plant an Alexa device in the busiest room of your house, and you’ll wonder how you ever lived without her.
Make a quick announcement
There’s nothing worse than arriving home from the grocery store and having to haul canvas bags of groceries in by yourself. So when you walk in the door, ask Alexa to announce that you need help unloading.
Control your smart home devices
Without pulling out your phone or touching a single button, you can turn on the lights. If it’s feeling a bit too warm in the kitchen, a quick shout will turn down the thermostat a few degrees to make cooking more comfortable.
Get restaurant or bakery suggestions
Sometimes you need an assist from a professional to put on the perfect dinner. You can ask Alexa for recommendations on any local business. For example, if you’re looking for the best artisan bread handmade in deck ovens, you can ask Alexa for the nearest artisan bakery with the best ratings.
Distract or entertain
Alexa is great at playing your favorite tunes from Spotify, but she can also sing you a song, read your Kindle book from the point you last stopped reading, or play a podcast. If you have small children to entertain while you cook, you can get Alexa to say almost anything using the Simon Says command. For a bit of fun, say, “Alexa, sing me a song.” She’ll also read a story, help with addition, or translate from language to language with a short request. Kids of all ages like playing games like Would You Rather or Jeopardy.
Setting a timer while food is cooking is as easy as pie. With a quick statement, the timer is set, and your hands stay free. No fingerprints or messy buttons to turn it on or off that you have to wipe off later.
The absolute worst time to try to make a measurement conversion is when your hands are full and messy from cooking. Alexa provides conversions, and you’ll never have to set down your spoon. Simply say, “Alexa, how many teaspoons are in a tablespoon?”
Update your shopping list
It’s never been easier to manage a shopping list. Every time you pull out a pantry item, you can add a replacement to it without picking up a pencil. Later, access the list from your phone to see what’s needed.
A personal assistant can make evenings in the kitchen run more smoothly. Whether it’s managing the shopping list, coming up with ideas or dinner, or announcing it’s time for dinner, Alexa does it all. She’ll even remind you when it’s trash day! Make dinner easier every night with some Alexa skills and the power of your voice.
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