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A recent thread prompted this...

I have an Echo Dot. I'm looking for useful, beneficial ways to utilize it.

Please post some of your favorite (big or small) uses for the Echo Dot.

Note I also have Fire Sticks and an Ecobee3 Lite to incorporate into the uses.

Much thanks in advance!
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Here are the top 3 things:

I use it as a timer.
I use it to turn on and off lights
I'll play music on it.
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Turn off the TV when I forget.
Be lazy when I can't find the remote or don't want to get up and get the remote.
Music.: You can create groups to link multiple ones around your house so if you're having a party or something you can play everywhere.
Timers.
Create the random reminders for the next day that I only remember when I'm laying in bed about to fall asleep.
Turn lights on and off, especially useful if we go away for an extended period of time. We can schedule a lights to turn on at various times throughout the day.

Edit:
Haven't had to use it yet thankfully, but it is nice to be able to know I can call someone by voice in case of an emergency and I'm unable to get to my phone.
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Multiple kitchen timers at once while your hands are covered with raw meat:
"Alexa, start a 5 minute broccoli timer."
"Alexa, start a 25 minute chicken timer."

Updating your shopping list while pouring the last of the milk:
"Alexa, add milk, eggs, and pizza to shopping list."

Starting music:
"Alexa, play classical music in the living room."

Adjusting the thermostat without getting out from under the blanket:
"Alexa turn the thermostat to 70 degrees."

Pausing the TV as you walk out of the room (or when you're grabbing a beer and hear the game coming back on):
"Alexa pause TV"
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Play Music
Timer
Cooking Measurement Conversions
Alarms
Reminders
Call home when wife doesn't answer her cell phone
Song trivia games
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My main use is as a music playing device. Since I have an Echo and two Dots, I can synch them and have music playing in three rooms at once which is nice. I also use it as a timer and a calendar reminder. I play "Question of the Day" and "Jeopardy" which are both free and keeps me trivia sharp.

One thing which it get used for heavily but not by me is my kids asking it "what the temperature is today" so they can dress appropriately for school and sometimes using it to answer random questions they have about various things. Saves wear and tear on my brain.
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By far my top four uses for Alexa are:

-Playing music
-Setting reminders
-Info look up
-Weather reports/forecasts

Also:
-Calling people on my contact list
-Spelling help
-Occasionally use them as an intercom

I have been buying Alexa smart plugs when I see them on a good sale; adding them to my network will be a project, soon.

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runner3081 wrote: Thu Apr 22, 2021 12:58 pm
Call home when wife doesn't answer her cell phone
Can you expand upon what this means? You're not using it like an intercom, are you?
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gr7070 wrote: Thu Apr 22, 2021 1:07 pm
runner3081 wrote: Thu Apr 22, 2021 12:58 pm
Call home when wife doesn't answer her cell phone
Can you expand upon what this means? You're not using it like an intercom, are you?
Not the person you are responding to, but I've used the drop-in feature to reach other devices around the house to get a hold of people. Functionally the same as having an intercom system.

Edit: you can also use the Alexa app on your phone to drop into a device in your home.
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gr7070 wrote: Thu Apr 22, 2021 1:07 pm
runner3081 wrote: Thu Apr 22, 2021 12:58 pm
Call home when wife doesn't answer her cell phone
Can you expand upon what this means? You're not using it like an intercom, are you?
Alexa app on my phone to drop in and get a hold of her at home.

We have three dots and a Google Home around the house.

On another note, my sister-in-law was checking on our house one time when we were on vacation. She texted when there. I dropped in and scared the crap out of her :)
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I have two Echos and 3 Dots that I use to control lights, listen to classical music and NPR. I get notifications when Amazon packages are delivered and weather alerts. Combine with Amazon wall clock for timer in kitchen. Four of them are in a group so I can move from room to room with seamless music.
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In conjunction with spart plugs, I can turn on/off living room lamps. One of the lamps turns on automatically at dusk and turns off at 10:00 pm.

Music
Notifications when packages are delivered
Talk to my parents. Since it is a "speaker phone", the whole family can participate
Random questions while watching TV. Alexa, how tall is Lebron James? Alexa, is Willie Nelson still alive?
Weather
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For years I have fallen asleep listening to late night talk shows. I tell the Alexa what station I want followed by "play for one hour" so it will automatically turn off. Obviously, you could set it for any time frame you want.
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runner3081 wrote: Thu Apr 22, 2021 1:19 pm
gr7070 wrote: Thu Apr 22, 2021 1:07 pm
runner3081 wrote: Thu Apr 22, 2021 12:58 pm
Call home when wife doesn't answer her cell phone
Can you expand upon what this means? You're not using it like an intercom, are you?
Alexa app on my phone to drop in and get a hold of her at home.

We have three dots and a Google Home around the house.

On another note, my sister-in-law was checking on our house one time when we were on vacation. She texted when there. I dropped in and scared the crap out of her :)
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I use mine to control my Sonos and for audible as well.
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My mother likes to say, "Alexa saved my life." She is 88 and my brother programmed our phone numbers into Alexa. When my mom fell last year in her kitchen and broke her hip and arm, she had trouble getting her cell phone out of her pocket and was so shaky she couldn't use it so she called to Alexa and asked her to call my brother and Alexa did and my mom was able to tell my brother through the Alexa speaker that she had fallen. My brother also programmed it so she can ask her to turn lights off and on around the house and, since she is supposed to keep doing her physical therapy exercises, he programmed Alexa to say every day at 12:30pm: "Get off your butt and walk." :D I don't have one nor feel I need one but it is a great help to my mom.
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First thing in the morning, I ask Alexa to play my "daily briefing" while I wait for the coffee to be made. This gives a snapshot of the weather and also a news update from local and national sources.

I also use it as a calculator when I don't feel like grabbing my phone or a calculator.
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gr7070 wrote: Thu Apr 22, 2021 12:35 pm Please post some of your favorite (big or small) uses for the Echo Dot.
I have an Echo Dot with Clock. It's on my nightstand. I use it as a souped-up clock radio.

"Alexa, what's the weather like today?"
"Alexa, play [my favorite radio station]"
"Alexa, play [one of the podcasts I enjoy]"
"Alexa, play [soothing music] for 30 minutes" so that I can fall asleep...

I do fancier things with the Echo Show we have in the kitchen.
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runner3081 wrote: Thu Apr 22, 2021 1:19 pm
gr7070 wrote: Thu Apr 22, 2021 1:07 pm
runner3081 wrote: Thu Apr 22, 2021 12:58 pm
Call home when wife doesn't answer her cell phone
Can you expand upon what this means? You're not using it like an intercom, are you?
Alexa app on my phone to drop in and get a hold of her at home.

We have three dots and a Google Home around the house.

On another note, my sister-in-law was checking on our house one time when we were on vacation. She texted when there. I dropped in and scared the crap out of her :)
What is this "drop in" feature, and how do you activate it?
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UpperNwGuy wrote: Thu Apr 22, 2021 3:27 pm
runner3081 wrote: Thu Apr 22, 2021 1:19 pm
gr7070 wrote: Thu Apr 22, 2021 1:07 pm
runner3081 wrote: Thu Apr 22, 2021 12:58 pm
Call home when wife doesn't answer her cell phone
Can you expand upon what this means? You're not using it like an intercom, are you?
Alexa app on my phone to drop in and get a hold of her at home.

We have three dots and a Google Home around the house.

On another note, my sister-in-law was checking on our house one time when we were on vacation. She texted when there. I dropped in and scared the crap out of her :)
What is this "drop in" feature, and how do you activate it?
https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer ... FSP9QEWKAD

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runninginvestor wrote: Thu Apr 22, 2021 12:48 pm... it is nice to be able to know I can call someone by voice in case of an emergency and I'm unable to get to my phone.
Can you tell more about the set up and commands to allow phone calls?
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InMyDreams wrote: Thu Apr 22, 2021 4:39 pm
runninginvestor wrote: Thu Apr 22, 2021 12:48 pm... it is nice to be able to know I can call someone by voice in case of an emergency and I'm unable to get to my phone.
Can you tell more about the set up and commands to allow phone calls?
I can't recall if I did anything to set it up. But I have the Alexa app on my phone, so it may be pulling contacts from there. Otherwise, if I say "Alexa call ____" it prompts me if it recognizes. I just tried a weird one from my contact list on my phone, and it recognized it so I'm guessing it does pull from there. I can also spell out a number for her to call.

I would guess if you used that prompt to try and call someone from your contact list, the device would walk you through how to set up calling if it doesn't natively setup.
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We use OurGroceries as skill for groceries as it allows you to organize shopping list by aisle.

Our top uses:
OurGroceries
Alarm
Add IFTTT (if this, then that) skill for cascade of actions. For example, the alarm triggers turn on nightstand lamp, stair lights, and starts coffee (smart outlet).
Timers for cooking
Weather
Music (Amazon music, pandora, tuneIn for radio, NPR)
Use as Bluetooth speaker for audio books and podcasts while cooking etc.
Light control (make third floor 40% for movie, turn on stairs, etc)
Commute time
Turn on home alarm (ours doesn’t allow disarm just arming)
Turn on and off blink cameras

And the number one use... Alexa, what time is it?
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5 devices. Very basic uses:

Listen to Spotify
Turn on electric kettle for my coffee every morning
Turn on/off a bedside light when I am ready to retire for the evening
Turn on/off four different outside flood lights--and adjust the colors if I want
One device displays the time (and time remaining on timers) in the bathroom
Timers for varying daily tasks
Turn on/off an electric devices in various rooms
One enables A/V visits between DW & DD
Find out daily local weather--current & forecast
Provide us with entertainment by activating various sounds to see our dogs' reactions
Set alarms
Maintain shopping lists at specified stores

I admit that I initially thought they were quite gimmicky, but now it would be difficult to part with them.
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Doom&Gloom wrote: Thu Apr 22, 2021 5:30 pm 5 devices. Very basic uses:

Listen to Spotify
Turn on electric kettle for my coffee every morning
Turn on/off a bedside light when I am ready to retire for the evening
Turn on/off four different outside flood lights--and adjust the colors if I want
One device displays the time (and time remaining on timers) in the bathroom
Timers for varying daily tasks
Turn on/off an electric devices in various rooms
One enables A/V visits between DW & DD
Find out daily local weather--current & forecast
Provide us with entertainment by activating various sounds to see our dogs' reactions
Set alarms
Maintain shopping lists at specified stores

I admit that I initially thought they were quite gimmicky, but now it would be difficult to part with them.
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jebmke wrote: Thu Apr 22, 2021 5:32 pm
Doom&Gloom wrote: Thu Apr 22, 2021 5:30 pm 5 devices. Very basic uses:

Listen to Spotify
Turn on electric kettle for my coffee every morning
Turn on/off a bedside light when I am ready to retire for the evening
Turn on/off four different outside flood lights--and adjust the colors if I want
One device displays the time (and time remaining on timers) in the bathroom
Timers for varying daily tasks
Turn on/off an electric devices in various rooms
One enables A/V visits between DW & DD
Find out daily local weather--current & forecast
Provide us with entertainment by activating various sounds to see our dogs' reactions
Set alarms
Maintain shopping lists at specified stores

I admit that I initially thought they were quite gimmicky, but now it would be difficult to part with them.
Eventually, you won't even have to get out of bed.
Eventually?!?!?!

Heck, I'm shooting for the end of the year :beer
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runner3081 wrote: Thu Apr 22, 2021 1:19 pm
gr7070 wrote: Thu Apr 22, 2021 1:07 pm
runner3081 wrote: Thu Apr 22, 2021 12:58 pm
Call home when wife doesn't answer her cell phone
Can you expand upon what this means? You're not using it like an intercom, are you?
Alexa app on my phone to drop in and get a hold of her at home.

We have three dots and a Google Home around the house.

On another note, my sister-in-law was checking on our house one time when we were on vacation. She texted when there. I dropped in and scared the crap out of her :)
Very much appreciate all the replies! We use many of the recommendations and will add a few more for sure.

The drop-in I definitely hadn't heard of. Just played with it. Kinda cool!
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JoeRetire wrote: Thu Apr 22, 2021 3:27 pm I do fancier things with the Echo Show we have in the kitchen.
Would be interesting to hear some of these fascist items.

I'm not opposed to augmenting our setup.
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We have echo devices throughout the house. If I don't know where my husband is (or vice versa) and one of us needs the other for something, rather than yell, we ask Alexa to make an announcement. Alexa prompts for the announcement, and then each echo device in the house repeats that announcement. It's very handy when dinner's ready and your spouse is somewhere in the house but you're not sure where.
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Aside from many things already mentioned, to arm my Ring alarm system as I am getting ready to leave the house. "Alexa, I am leaving" (I have one located in Echo in garage for that reason mostly and one in the kitchen next to garage door exit). This is way simpler and more convenient then typing in code and hitting Arm Away button, especially as I may be leaving with stuff in my hands. I do not use it to disarm since it will require to verbalize the security code, instead I use Ring-connected Z-wave lock on house entrance door from garage that disarms Ring automatically when I enter the code into it.

Also recorded a routine to automatically arm Ring alarm in stay mode for the night at midnight. "Alexa, arm"

Alexa Show 8 in bedroom is used to show image from Ring cameras, eg "Alexa, show front yard"

Also, one of my Echos is wired into master unit of pre-existing house intercom system through AUX port. That opens the whole new range of possibilities. Eg, I can "drop in on" it from any other Echo and make an announcement though the entire house, with every floor/room/basement/garage/patio where intercom units are installed -- eg being able to talk to kids wherever they happen to be at, playing Amazon Music in every room of the house, addressing Alexa from any of the rooms through intercom unit, etc. Basically, it is like having Echo in every space of the house, though I only have 3: two Echos (at master unit and garage) and Echo Show 8 in the bedroom.
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gr7070 wrote: Thu Apr 22, 2021 10:43 pm
JoeRetire wrote: Thu Apr 22, 2021 3:27 pm I do fancier things with the Echo Show we have in the kitchen.
Would be interesting to hear some of these fascist items.

I'm not opposed to augmenting our setup.
Sorry, I don't know any fascist items.
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InMyDreams wrote: Thu Apr 22, 2021 4:39 pm
runninginvestor wrote: Thu Apr 22, 2021 12:48 pm... it is nice to be able to know I can call someone by voice in case of an emergency and I'm unable to get to my phone.
Can you tell more about the set up and commands to allow phone calls?
No setup unless you want to call by name.
"Alexa, call (999) 999-9999" works.

If you want to call by name, add Contacts:
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We have two Echo Dots. The one in our bedroom turns on the stereo each morning just before the news comes on, then turns the stereo off an hour later, after we are both up and out of the bedroom. The one in our kitchen gives us voice control over our kitchen radio and also voice control, separately, over our garage spotlight and coach light.
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Alexa, "Ask me the question of the day."

A problem I have is that whenever my Wi-Fi connection is lost, Alexa cannot reconnect. It will reboot only if I manually unplug/re-plug the power. This makes it practically useless for any ongoing tasks.
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JPH wrote: Fri Apr 23, 2021 7:08 am Alexa, "Ask me the question of the day."

A problem I have is that whenever my Wi-Fi connection is lost, Alexa cannot reconnect. It will reboot only if I manually unplug/re-plug the power. This makes it practically useless for any ongoing tasks.
This is strange. All 3 of mine reconnect without a problem. Sometimes with a small (minutes) delay but they all do. Perhaps yours needs to be replaced. Also, if you set alarm, and it loses connection, the alarm still sounds on time.
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We had a Roomba knockoff tied to Alexa called Deebot (it has since broken and contemplating on buying another) and you could make it automatically clean by saying “Alexa, tell Deebot to start cleaning.” It was awesome.
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JPH wrote: Fri Apr 23, 2021 7:08 am Alexa, "Ask me the question of the day."

A problem I have is that whenever my Wi-Fi connection is lost, Alexa cannot reconnect. It will reboot only if I manually unplug/re-plug the power. This makes it practically useless for any ongoing tasks.
I consider my wifi to be pretty mediocre, yet Alexa is never unable to reconnect on its own.
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UpperNwGuy wrote: Fri Apr 23, 2021 7:20 am
JPH wrote: Fri Apr 23, 2021 7:08 am Alexa, "Ask me the question of the day."

A problem I have is that whenever my Wi-Fi connection is lost, Alexa cannot reconnect. It will reboot only if I manually unplug/re-plug the power. This makes it practically useless for any ongoing tasks.
I consider my wifi to be pretty mediocre, yet Alexa is never unable to reconnect on its own.
This is my biggest gripe. Differentiating between Wi-Fi connection and internet connection. If you do not have an internet connection you cannot use the voice control since they send your voice input to the cloud for recognition. Which is frustrating because even without internet, you are still connected to your other smart devices through the Wi-Fi connection. I can't wait for the generation of devices that has enough power on board that they can do voice recognition without an internet connection.

Will probably not see one that is offline only though, since they won't be able to get voice recognition data and behaviors to then bundle and repackage and sell for profit.
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runninginvestor wrote: Fri Apr 23, 2021 8:11 am
UpperNwGuy wrote: Fri Apr 23, 2021 7:20 am
JPH wrote: Fri Apr 23, 2021 7:08 am Alexa, "Ask me the question of the day."

A problem I have is that whenever my Wi-Fi connection is lost, Alexa cannot reconnect. It will reboot only if I manually unplug/re-plug the power. This makes it practically useless for any ongoing tasks.
I consider my wifi to be pretty mediocre, yet Alexa is never unable to reconnect on its own.
This is my biggest gripe. Differentiating between Wi-Fi connection and internet connection. If you do not have an internet connection you cannot use the voice control since they send your voice input to the cloud for recognition. Which is frustrating because even without internet, you are still connected to your other smart devices through the Wi-Fi connection. I can't wait for the generation of devices that has enough power on board that they can do voice recognition without an internet connection.

Will probably not see one that is offline only though, since they won't be able to get voice recognition data and behaviors to then bundle and repackage and sell for profit.
I apologize. I should have written mediocre internet connection rather than mediocre wifi.
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UpperNwGuy wrote: Fri Apr 23, 2021 8:33 am
runninginvestor wrote: Fri Apr 23, 2021 8:11 am
UpperNwGuy wrote: Fri Apr 23, 2021 7:20 am
JPH wrote: Fri Apr 23, 2021 7:08 am Alexa, "Ask me the question of the day."

A problem I have is that whenever my Wi-Fi connection is lost, Alexa cannot reconnect. It will reboot only if I manually unplug/re-plug the power. This makes it practically useless for any ongoing tasks.
I consider my wifi to be pretty mediocre, yet Alexa is never unable to reconnect on its own.
This is my biggest gripe. Differentiating between Wi-Fi connection and internet connection. If you do not have an internet connection you cannot use the voice control since they send your voice input to the cloud for recognition. Which is frustrating because even without internet, you are still connected to your other smart devices through the Wi-Fi connection. I can't wait for the generation of devices that has enough power on board that they can do voice recognition without an internet connection.

Will probably not see one that is offline only though, since they won't be able to get voice recognition data and behaviors to then bundle and repackage and sell for profit.
I apologize. I should have written mediocre internet connection rather than mediocre wifi.
No, I think that's my bad, I wasn't saying the wifi/internet distinction is a gripe :oops: The device not being able to be used without internet connection is the gripe, even as it's connected to all the other devices through WiFi
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JoeRetire wrote: Fri Apr 23, 2021 6:19 am
gr7070 wrote: Thu Apr 22, 2021 10:43 pm
JoeRetire wrote: Thu Apr 22, 2021 3:27 pm I do fancier things with the Echo Show we have in the kitchen.
Would be interesting to hear some of these fascist items.

I'm not opposed to augmenting our setup.
Sorry, I don't know any fascist items.
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JoeRetire wrote: Thu Apr 22, 2021 3:27 pm I do fancier things with the Echo Show we have in the kitchen.
Would be interesting to hear some of these fancier items.
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serbeer wrote: Fri Apr 23, 2021 7:14 am
JPH wrote: Fri Apr 23, 2021 7:08 am Alexa, "Ask me the question of the day."

A problem I have is that whenever my Wi-Fi connection is lost, Alexa cannot reconnect. It will reboot only if I manually unplug/re-plug the power. This makes it practically useless for any ongoing tasks.
This is strange. All 3 of mine reconnect without a problem. Sometimes with a small (minutes) delay but they all do. Perhaps yours needs to be replaced. Also, if you set alarm, and it loses connection, the alarm still sounds on time.
I'd try a factory reset once you've run out of options.

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I have a GE Cafe Induction range which I can control with my echo dot. Also have Amazon music unlimited with a special $3.99 subscription for a dot. The dot can then connect to my music system with Bluetooth which enables me to play everywhere.
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gr7070 wrote: Fri Apr 23, 2021 9:50 am
JoeRetire wrote: Fri Apr 23, 2021 6:19 am
gr7070 wrote: Thu Apr 22, 2021 10:43 pm
JoeRetire wrote: Thu Apr 22, 2021 3:27 pm I do fancier things with the Echo Show we have in the kitchen.
Would be interesting to hear some of these fascist items.

I'm not opposed to augmenting our setup.
Sorry, I don't know any fascist items.
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That's a heckofa autocorrect!

Trying that again...
JoeRetire wrote: Thu Apr 22, 2021 3:27 pm I do fancier things with the Echo Show we have in the kitchen.
Would be interesting to hear some of these fancier items.
- Recipes
- Timers
- all of my saved photographs (mostly of the grandchildren)
- podcasts
- radio stations
- background music
- weather reports
- etc, etc.

Turned out to be handier than I thought.
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In no particular order:

timers
listen to my audiobooks
listen to podcasts
use it to text my family members
listen to music
get weather and news reports
ask when my Amazon orders will be delivered
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Grocery list updates and kitchen timers. It is great to always have your list on the app
Just purchased an echo show, use it to access the ring camera views, much faster than the app and you can surprise the UPS guy :)
Control multiple lights
Tells me when my pizza is 2 minutes out
Rain/sounds white noise for sleeping
The drop in makes a great whole house intercom, my wife just had surgery and she can just call me on the echo instead of yelling, lol
Play Sirius XM throughout the house, the show has surprisingly good speakers
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To the above I would add that I keep my "to do" list on Alexa.

"Alexa, add to my to do list to mow the lawn" --- or whatever.

There's an option to have it email me the current to do list anytime I ask for it via Echo device. I can also view it and eliminate items from it by touch (slide) using an Echo show.

As my wife and I age and inevitably our brain chemistry degrades, I hope that this can help a bit with the "forgetful old person" issue.

I like having some smart lights that I can control, but for me that means wiring in new light switches, as we want to be able to control lights in a conventional way too. But that way, the "alexa guard" feature that comes on when I arm my Ring alarm system can randomly turn lights on and off when we're away.

I like charging certain battery powered devices up to somewhat less than 100% to extend battery life, and can do that via voice routines using smart plugs.

While I wish Alexa routines were more richly programmable, the basic stuff available can be useful. Typical in two bathrooms now for me is to turn on the bathroom fan via a routine that automatically turns it off again after X minutes.
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I use Amazon Echo to assist a 99-year-old family member who lives alone far away from me. Using the Alexa app in my Android phone, I drop in on him every day to chat. I could use it to check on him if I can raise him on the phone or email for any reason. But the biggest benefit is from an Alexa app called, "Ask My Buddy" from askmybuddy.com, which we use is a couple of ways. I have set up "Ask My Buddy" so that it has the contact info for the local family members and me. Then, each day in the morning the family member broadcasts an I'm-alive message to the configured recipients by saying "Alexa, ask my buddy to check in" which is then sent to all of us by email, voice, and sms. Then, twice a month we schedule a test of an emergency call for help for which he says, "Alexa, ask my buddy to send help." By practicing we can at least hope that under the stress of an actual emergency he might remember how to call for help. If not, and he then fails to send the I'm-ok message the next morning we would contact him.

We have located Echos in every room of his apartment.
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cbeck wrote: Fri Apr 23, 2021 11:15 pm I use Amazon Echo to assist a 99-year-old family member who lives alone far away from me. Using the Alexa app in my Android phone, I drop in on him every day to chat. I could use it to check on him if I can raise him on the phone or email for any reason. But the biggest benefit is from an Alexa app called, "Ask My Buddy" from askmybuddy.com, which we use is a couple of ways. I have set up "Ask My Buddy" so that it has the contact info for the local family members and me. Then, each day in the morning the family member broadcasts an I'm-alive message to the configured recipients by saying "Alexa, ask my buddy to check in" which is then sent to all of us by email, voice, and sms. Then, twice a month we schedule a test of an emergency call for help for which he says, "Alexa, ask my buddy to send help." By practicing we can at least hope that under the stress of an actual emergency he might remember how to call for help. If not, and he then fails to send the I'm-ok message the next morning we would contact him.

We have located Echos in every room of his apartment.
That is a great idea, thanks for sharing!
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Kitchen timers
Turning on and off multiple lamps
Turning up in the heat in our basement with our Alexa-enabled Honeywell thermostat
Music
Weather forecast
DW makes video calls with our kitchen Alexa Show to her mother
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