Alexa can stream music, control your smart gadgets, order articles from Amazon and even integrate into IFTTT . All of this is fantastic, but there is a whole world of skills that enables third parties to make Alexa even more useful. In fact, there are currently more than 70,000 skills .
However, it is not necessary to go through them all. Here are some of Alexa's most helpful, clever, and entertaining abilities available today.
Editor's note: This article was originally published on July 27, 201
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Alexa skills themselves are very helpful. Even with an updated skills section in the Alexa app and the ability to add skills only with your voice, recognizing new and useful skills is a less than desirable experience. So much so that Amazon has actually created a skill called Skill Finder that will allow you to discover new abilities. Start it by saying "Alexa, open the skill finder" or "Alexa, tell the skill finder to give me the skill of the day."
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With the Capital One skill, you can check your credit card balance or make a payment if one is due. This is safe: The skill performs security checks and requires you to log in with your username and password. When you then open the skill, you must enter a four-digit code to confirm your identity. Be careful when using the ability of who is near you – anyone who listens, as you say your personal key says, can access your bank or credit card information just by asking Alexa.
In the morning, try Opening Bell . With this ability you can ask for a stock price using the company name instead of the ticker symbol, e.g. B. "Alexa asks for Opening Bell for the price of Google".
Similar to Opening Bell, TD Ameritrade has a capability that allows you to review "US-traded stocks, ETFs, mutual funds and major US indices – 75,000 securities" by asking only for it , Say, "Alexa, ask TD Ameritrade for the price of Amazon."
Since cryptocurrency is so popular (and volatile) nowadays, during your Flash Briefing with your current investment, you can keep up with the skill Cryptocurrency Flash Briefing . When prompted to play your Flash Briefing, this skill retrieves the current prices for Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, BitcoinCash, and Litecoin.
You can use IFTTT to move additions to Google's Amazon To-Do list on Google Calendar or you can use the Quick Events skill. Say something like "Alexa, tell Quick Events to go to the grocery store tomorrow at 6" to add an event to your calendar.
If you are in marketing or just looking for ideas that go beyond the box, enable the ability Giant Spoon . Probably, the ideas will not always apply to what you are working on, but in my use they have sparked some interesting ideas.
Smart Home and Auto
Out of the box, Alexa has support for IFTTT, but not Yonomi. Support for Yonomi is activated by a skill. Yonomi is very similar to IFTTT, but was developed specifically for the smart home. Yonomi will generate virtual devices for each scene you create, so the command sounds more natural, such as: B. "Alexa, turn on Sunset."
You can also monitor your vehicle with Alexa using Automatic . Skill. Automatically is a dongle that you install in the OBDII port of your car, which is connected to your smartphone and tracks the status of your vehicle. You can connect your automatic account with Alexa and ask for the current fuel level, where your car is currently located or how far you have traveled in a certain amount of time.
The Harmony from Logitech will allow you to control your entertainment system with your voice through a Harmony hub-based remote. You can say things like "Alexa, turn on the TV," "Alexa, turn on Netflix," or "Alexa, turn on the Travel Channel."
The Anova Precision Cooker now has an Alexa craft, named Anova Culinary . With this ability, you can look up cookery guides and cook with your voice. You can say things like, "Alexa, please Anova, help me to cook steak" or "Alexa, please Anova, raise the temperature by 2 degrees."
Similarly, the Joule has an Alexa ability called the Joule: Sous Vide by ChefSteps . This skill may be reminiscent of your previous cooking settings when you say, "Alexa, please Joule, like cooking steak last time." You can also set the temperature and check the status of your cooking session by simply asking.
Food and drink
If you are like me, you have no idea which wines are suitable for which food. Fortunately, the skill MySomm will tell you. Just ask, "Alexa, do you ask Wine Gal what belongs to a pot roast?"
The same goes for beer and skill What beer? . The summon for this particular skill is smart and makes the wording natural and easy to remember. Just say "Alexa, ask, what kind of beer is there with Ramen?"
To improve your bartending skills, activate The Bartender . You can ask what a drink is made of and it will tell you the ingredients and the recipe. The answers are a lot you can afford for a single answer at a time, but this ability can definitely help you disassemble your favorite cocktails.
To check which internal temperature is considered safe when cooking various meat products, use . Meat thermometer . Say "Alexa, ask the meat thermometer for the best temperature for a steak."
For recipes and food recommendations, try Best Recipes . You can find recipes with up to three ingredients and limit the results to breakfast, lunch or dinner. To start, say, "Alexa, say Best Recipes, I'm hungry" or "Alexa, Ask Best Recipes what's for dinner."
Similarly Meal Idea gives you recipe ideas that require solicitation of everyday items that you probably already have in your pantry. It is recommended to make things like bone soup (canned tomato soup and elbow noodles) and a salad of lettuce greens, canned beets and goat's cheese. At least one of them sounds great.
One of my personal favorite skills is Dominos . You can place your Easy Order of your domino by simply typing "Alexa, open Domino's and submit my Easy Order." You can also track the status of an order by saying, "Alexa, open Dominos to track my order."
If Pizza Hut is your Jam, there is also an ability for it. First, activate the skill, link your account and say, "Alexa, tell Pizza Hut to place an order."
With Starbucks, you can place an order with Alexa using the Starbucks Reorder feature. Once you've activated the skill, you'll need to link your account. The skill will not work unless you have previously placed a mobile order on the Starbucks app for Android or iOS. It can place an order at one of the last 10 Starbucks locations that you personally visited. You can also check your balance and switch between your five previous mobile orders.
Those familiar with the 7-minute training will be pleased to learn that there is a skill available for the famous training available on Alexa speakers. Say "Alexa, open the 7-minute workout." The training begins. You can stop and resume training as needed.
There is also a skill for a 5-minute plank training . This skill will guide you through five minutes of different planks with a break of 10 seconds each.
If you wear a Fitbit Tracker on your wrist, you can activate the Fitbit skill. With this ability you can ask Alexa about your progress or how you slept the night before. However, before you can use the skill, you must link your Fitbit account by going to the skills page on alexa.amazon.com and linking your accounts.
To track your food, you can use track from Nutritionix which allows you to record your food intake with your voice or ask for calorie scores of foods. (Alexa does the latter by default.) Say things like "Alexa, tell Food Tracker to list a cup of almond milk," or "Alexa, ask Food Tracker how many calories are contained in two eggs and three bacon slices" [19659013 With the guided meditation you receive a daily different meditation routine, which lasts between three and eight minutes. If you are not digging for the current routine, you can say "Alexa, play next" to jump to the next exercise.
Not impressed by Alexa's standard weather forecasts? You want to use the help of Big Sky . With the Dark Sky API, Big Sky delivers hyper-local weather forecasts that let you know when the rain starts or stops for a specific address or humidity, wind speed and direction. For Big Sky, however, initially requires a small setup.
If you're less interested in the actual temperature and more emphasis on how it feels outside, try the feel like skill. If the temperature is less than 50 degrees Fahrenheit and the heat index is over 50 degrees Fahrenheit, you can cool the wind.
And if you do not have time to hear a full, extended prediction, Fast Weather is your best bet. Just say "Alexa, fast weather". You get an uncomplicated forecast without wasted words – such as "Rain probability. High: 58. Low: 31."
If You Want to Research for a Future Occasionally While traveling, you can use the Kayak skill to estimate fares. You can say, "Alexa, ask Kayak where I can go for $ 400" or "Alexa, ask Kayak how much it costs to fly from Los Angeles to Dublin." The skill asks for additional information and finally offers you a range of options and price ranges.
If you need a ride to the airport, you can order a over from Alexa just by asking. Say "Alexa, please Uber to get me a car." Tell me, that does not sound like a future.
There is also a skill for Lyft that works in the same way, unless you can ask for prices. Say, "Alexa, ask Lyft how much a Lyft Plus costs from home to work."
Before you start your next flight, be sure to check the waiting times at your airport. The skill Airport Security Line gives you wait for over 450 airports in the US. Say something like "Alexa, ask Security Line, what's the wait at SFO Terminal 2?"
If you're looking for movie recommendations, the ability to Valossa Movie Finder can help you find movies by context or by genre and date. You can say things like "Alexa, Movie Finder to find comedies from the 1980s," or "Alexa, Movie Finder, asking what the best war movies are."
For a similar experience when searching for TV shows and air time, try TV Guide.
If you are interested in history, the craft This Day in History will give you a daily history lesson. Just say "Alexa, open this day in history." To get historical information on another date, just say "Alexa, ask this day in history what happened on April 2nd."
With the Radio Mystery Theater skill, you can hear radio puzzles from before. Just say "Alexa, open Radio Mystery Theater" to get started, and say "Alexa, next" or "Alexa, previous" to jump between episodes.
Take the burden and let Alexa sleep your kids The Craft Short Bedtime Story . Not only can Alexa read bedtime stories, you can also customize them for your own children by customizing the names in the stories (and telling stories) using the website.
After your children sleep Alexa can help you fall asleep with the ability Ambient Noise and her accompanying skills. There are several sounds to choose from, all of which have their own abilities. You can fall asleep to the sounds of a thunderstorm, rain, sea, wind chime, babbling brook, rain on a tent, city noise and much more. For all available sounds just say "Alexa, ask Ambient Noise for a list."
If you want to learn something surprising every day, read the skill Reddit TIL . It will pull one of the TIL posts (today I learned) from the current Top 25.
Podcasts and Radio
AnyPod is an Alexa capability for podcast power handset. Alexa's built-in podcast features are somewhat limited. For example, you can only ask for a podcast. With AnyPod, you can subscribe to your favorite podcasts, play your subscriptions, or request a specific episode.
Similarly, if you use the Stitcher ability, you have more podcast monitoring controls. You'll need to link your Stitcher account, but then you can access your podcast playlists, play your favorite podcast, or play the Stitcher homepage.
You do not know what to hear? Try the skill Learn Something Radio . It attracts 99% Invisible, NPR, Freakonomics, Hidden Brain podcasts and more.
Or you can listen to the TED conversation with Alexa TED Talks with Alexa. You can also choose what type of TED talk you want to hear. Just say "Alexa, ask TED Talks to find conversations about nature" or "Alexa, ask TED Talks to play the last conversation."
Looking for in your Pokemon Go game ? Activate Trainer Tips to learn more about different Pokémon. Just say "Alexa, ask trainer tips to teach me something" or "Alexa, ask trainer tips, what's weak against fire" to learn more about your favorite Pokemon.
Warner Brothers have created a selection game for Alexa called The Wayne Investigation in which you examine the deaths of Bruce Wayne's parents, Thomas and Martha Wayne. Start the game by clicking "Alexa, open The Wayne Investigation" and follow the instructions. Every choice you make affects the outcome of the story. This is one of the best examples of a style of play that fits Alexa perfectly.
Another adventure adventure game is The Magic Door playing in a mythical world with dragons and wizards. It has recently been updated with a new adventure.
Earplay is a similar adventure game in which your answers influence the outcome of the story. Instead of being a spectator, you become part of the radio drama. To start, say: "Alexa, start early."
And for you Harry Potter fans out there Potterhead Quiz will test your knowledge of the Potter Empire.
If you are big Bang Theory fan, you can play Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock .
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