A few weeks ago we received a gift from our son, three Amazon Echo Dots or Alexa, smart speaker/virtual assistant. I must say there was a time that I would not have one of these in the house. I was not too sure about something that could be “spying” on you and listening in to what you say. After learning more about it and seeing how friends and family enjoyed it, I have changed my mind.
You don’t have to have more than one of these little speakers but if you do you can use them in different rooms plus, they work together as an intercom. Our house is small and we would normally never need an intercom but with Tom’s hearing getting so much worse this has been very helpful.
We have only started learning some of what this can do but already we are glad to have it. I have it set up with access to a calendar I have on my computer and Alexa will remind us of appointments or I can ask if we have any plans on a certain date and she will tell me. We can ask anything you would ask Google and she’ll give us an answer. We can make phone calls through her and she keeps a shopping list for us. If we receive an Amazon delivery, she tells us when it arrives so we don’t have to worry about it sitting outside. My favorite use for Alexa is in playing music. You can request any kind of music and she will play it. There are many things you can do with it involving controlling lights, heat and other such things but many of those require special plugs, etc. We are working up to that!
We’ve also just had fun with it. We were joking around when we first got it set up and Tom (with his little boy humor) said “I wonder if Alexa farts?” Immediately she began making farting noises! Anytime you say her name first, it wakes her up and she does what you asked if possible. If you have children you might not want to teach them this Alexa ability because I know when my boys were young this would have gotten old fast! Alexa will also play quiz games and such with you. She likes to tell jokes but they are usually bad and I don’t recommend you let her sing either. One of our cats, Sophie, is fascinated with Alexa. I think she is trying to find the person that goes with the voice.
I just realized this post sounds like an advertisement for Amazon Echo but I promise you it is not. I had been curious about this speaker for so long and wondered what it could do so I thought others might be curious too. Is it a necessary item? No. It is a fun convenience plus as I said, ours was a gift. Maybe our kids are trying to keep us up to date with the new gadgets, or possibly just keep us busy and out of their hair! 😉