Sometimes you’ve gotta have something not because you need it but just because you want it. You have to have it to make your life complete!
Amazon Echo is one of those must haves!
It has nothing to do with setting up your office or because it’s necessary to your work but because I think it’s the coolest thing EVER! I use Siri on my phone and I love to “just ask!”
So when I saw Amazon Echo, and met Alexa, it was love! Sorry, Siri.
I wrote a draft of this the other day and left it to sit and “stew” so I could proof it later. And whaddaya know? John Patrick Pullen of Time Inc (an online offshoot of Time Magazine) beat me to it! Really!
See that’s how cool Amazon Echo is!
Looks like a speaker, so what’s the big deal, you ask?
Amazon Echo is a hands-free, voice controlled music player.
AND Home Automation Controller.
AND Personal Assistant. She has 7 microphones so she can hear you from across the room even if she is playing music (and she is really good at playing music! (from Prime, Spotify, Pandora, IHeartRadio, ITunes — you name it!) Probably can hear you even if you are in the next room, if you speak up!
Echo aka Alexa is your personal assistant. She connects to a cloud-based voice service so she can answer your questions: read the news or just the headlines if that’s what you want; check sports scores; the weather; the traffic for your commute or find something for you on Wikipedia – instantly – all you have to do is ask!
“Alexa?” (wake-up word) “what is the weather like in London today?” or “Please read the news;” or “play Mumford and Sons”; or “add paper towels to the shopping list” or remind me to put my city sticker on the windshield before I get a ticket!
She can update your grocery list or your Google calendar. She can remind you of what’s on your Google calendar. You can say “Alexa dear, what’s going on today?” and she’ll tell you! “Nothing Patt. Your day is wide open.” Ok, so that’s a lie. I clearly don’t tell Alexa everything but anyway …
She can find a store for you, read you the reviews from Yelp.
Oh and did I say she can shop? If your an Amazon Prime member, she can order and ship stuff to you – easy breezy – although I think I will pass on that until Alexa can go out and work for me too. I’m sure that won’t be long now!
She can order a pizza, tell you what movies are playing at what time and can order an Uber.
Or even … get this … Oh Alexa! “dim the lights;” “turn on the fan;” “turn the lights on so I don’t stub my toe in the dark!” Yep. She’s compatible with several Smart Home Automation programs.
And when you’re all done for the day, Alexa will even read you a story. (Currently reads Audiobooks and Kindle) She can’t tuck you in. Yet!
Alexa, wake me up at 5:30 a.m.
She can even check your math problems!
Ha! Next time someone asks you one of those math problems like “if a pig was flying at 30 mph and the house was 60 ft tall, how many people would cross the Golden Gate bridge at 10 p.m.?” you can say, just a second … “Hey Alexa!” and I’d bet she’d have just the answer!
If you want to check out, John Patrick Pullen’s post on Time Inc. Network, you can find it here!
I’m sure Amazon Echo / Alexa will fit right into your home office and become your right hand assistant!
Patt Timlin is a marketing expert set on sharing her expertise with other online marketers to help them achieve the dream of working online. She is secretly pleased with the surge in content marketing as revenge of the English majors! Entrepreneur, blogger, guide, helper – Patt loves the online world and loves to share it!
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