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And you can use those Alexa skills to figure out if you're too busy to think about taking your meds or checking the weather before you leave the house. Read on to find out how these surprising tips can enrich your daily routine.
Alexa can talk to her cats and dogs.
Worried about your furry best friends when you're at work all day? They probably miss you too. Why should not Alexa entertain her while you're gone? You need to download a skill in the Alexa app. Meow! for cat lovers and shot! For dog lovers.
Alexa acts as a virtual cat or dog and converses with her pet by meowing or barking. Alexa can start the "conversation" and as soon as your pet responds, the virtual assistant continues to mimic the animal noises. Just say "Alexa, activate Meow or Bark" and your pets will be entertained throughout the day.
If you prefer to talk to your pets, you can always use the drop-in feature to wag your dog's tail. You must enable this feature in the Alexa app on the Communicate tab. Once activated, you can say, "Alexa, drop by the Echo Plus ($ 150 at Walmart) ."
Alexa, what should I wear today?
Not everyone has time to check the weather in the morning. If you're under time pressure, ask Alexa if you should wear rain boots or sandals, pants or shorts, a jacket or a T-shirt. Activate the Dress Right feature in the Alexa app to get the wardrobe information you need.
First, say "Alexa, ask Dress Right about an outfit idea" or "Alexa, dress right, ask me what to wear today." It will then give you the weather forecast and an outfit based on the weather. For example, Alexa might ask you to wear a white dress or a gray shirt and linen shorts.