I recently purchased an Amazon Echo and ever since I’ve been enthralled by Alexa – the voice service that powers the device.
I’m not entirely sure why, but I’ve never used Siri all that much. Maybe it’s because I’m often in public places, around people I know or don’t, when I need to use it and it just feels odd to hold my phone up and ask it questions. It’s probably a generational thing, but I just don’t use Siri.
The Echo is entirely different. My Echo is in my home, waiting for me on my mantel. Only my family and friends are around me. And… I don’t have to hold it. I just say, from almost any room, “Alexa…” and then whatever I want and she responds with incredible accuracy.
I say Alexa, play some music and she starts up a playlist from Amazon Prime.
Alexa, what’s my commute look like? She tells me the fastest route to work.
Alexa, tell me the news. She streams NPR, BBC or whatever list of news stations I like.
Alexa, what’s the weather this weekend? Alexa, tell me a joke. Alexa, do you know Sky Net? And on, and on, and on. I think my current favorite is: Alexa, Tea, Earl Grey, Hot.
But this is a developer’s blog and this post is about more than just new tech.