Amazon’s Echo device You can do a lot of cool things out of the box, but if you want to add other features, you can go to the Alexa Skills library. These mini apps allow you to add new voice commands, connect to third-party apps, and even play games. There is a problem: many are not very good. To eliminate the annoyance, we have provided a list of the best skills that are actually worth enabling on your Echo.
7 minutes of exercise
Finding time to exercise during the day is one of the more unbearable tasks than it actually feels. The 7-minute exercise can solve this problem by starting a short guided exercise with a single voice command. Tell Alexa to “start a 7-minute exercise”
Headspace: guided meditation
Meditation can have a profound effect on your health, but for most people, doing things alone is not easy. That’s where guided meditation apps like Headspace come in handy. Tell Alexa that you are ready to meditate and this service will begin to guide you to gradually relax, focus and center. You need to have a Headspace account in the usual app, but once all the settings are complete, you can start a meditation session without touching your phone.
Smart speakers and displays are excellent cooking companions because they can guide you through cooking recipes. This makes AllRecipes one of the most useful skills you can enable. This skill will guide you to browse recipes found online or recipes you have saved in your personal recipes.
Our grocery store
The OurGroceries skill is a useful auxiliary application for AllRecipes that allows you to track the current groceries in your pantry, add items to the shopping list and delete items while in use. If you are already using Alexa to help you track recipes and cooking, then tracking groceries is not too far away, so you don’t have to wonder if there is milk in the refrigerator.
If you want to put a cocktail, but are not sure what is the use of stock, Mixologist can help you. It can find cocktails by name, search for drinks that use specific ingredients you own (such as rum or tequila), or find random drinks that you may not have tried before. This is a convenient way to expand the beverage menu without too much effort.
When you are ready to leave home and need to take a taxi, Alexa can provide you with Uber or Lyft with just one command. Both apps allow users to inquire about different types of rides (including budget rides or premium rides) or check the status of your rides. Lyft can even let you rate the driver after he has left you. Just make sure that Alexa hears the five-star rating correctly.
Ask my friend
Alexa is equipped with commands that allow you to send messages to others or call them, but they can be a bit finicky. This is great for daily communication, but “Ask My Buddy” aims to simplify things to a simple purpose: urgent messages. When you say “Alexa, ask my friend to send help”, you can set up this skill to send text messages or call specific people. This feature is useful if someone of you is having trouble moving around in the home and can only call for help but cannot connect to the phone.
One of the most convenient use cases for smart speakers is the ability to control lights with voice. With the help of Philips Hue or LIFX’s smart lighting skills, you can set light brightness levels, change colors, and use voice commands to turn lights on and off. Once you turn off the bedroom lights from the comfortable quilt, it will be difficult to go back to other places.
Sound of sleep and relaxation
If you have a Spotify or Amazon Music account, you may already have access to a library of white noise sounds that can be played in the background or when you are trying to sleep. However, you do not need to pay a separate service fee. “Sleep and relax sounds” comes with a library of environmental noises, such as rain, cicadas, trains, or various other sound scenes. You can use these sounds to add commands.
One of the most popular game shows in TV history, Danger With your own Alexa skills, you can play it along with the currently playing episode. Every working day, the skill will provide accompanying questions and categories in the plot, so you can play together.
Skyrim very special edition
In the interesting Alexa skill category, Skyrim very special edition It’s a version of the popular fantasy RPG game, everyone thought it was a joke until it wasn’t. You can use voice commands and verbal descriptions to activate skills and follow missions, fight and explore the land of Skyrim. It feels like one of those old-fashioned word adventure games, with a modern feel.
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