Amazon is back with another Echo upgrade and the timing couldn’t be much better. While the children button their uniforms and go to school after the long summer break, the online retailer has published an update that is supposed to get the family ready in the morning.
The new “school morning” routine can be activated on any Echo device and includes an alarm that announces “it’s time to get up for school”. It then turns on the lights, plays a full weather and news report, and displays information about the day including a list of “school reminders”.
To activate this upgrade, Echo owners simply need to scan a QR code (via this link), follow the instructions on their phone and then activate the routine in the Alexa app.
Once that’s done, users with the Echo simply have to say, “Alexa, let’s get ready for school” and do the rest.
“We know families sometimes need an extra hand, so Alexa is always ready to make the morning easier, from triggering multiple alarms, turning on the lights, playing music, or even starting the coffee maker – all with the power of voice . ”Said Eric King, Director of Alexa Europe.
“We developed a new Alexa routine ‘School Morning’ to help parents not only motivate their children to prepare for school, but also to help them cope with their own morning chores.”
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In addition to this new school life, Amazon has also reminded users of a number of other things they can now ask the chatty Alexa assistant to include, including new games to play and cook with.
So, if you have a smart speaker in your home, here are a few new things you can try.
“Alexa, sing a stupid song”
“Alexa, open Song Blast”
Try the new ultimate music quiz on Alexa.
“Alexa, set a reading timer for 30 minutes”
“Alexa, Volume 5”
“Alexa, what is the oldest planet?”
“Alexa, give me a pasta recipe”
“Alexa, what new functions do you have?”
“Alexa, is it sunny in Brighton?”
“Alexa, announce that the film is about to start”
Ask Alexa to make prompts on all compatible Echo devices in your household or the Alexa app.
Alexa, what is the capital of Tanzania? “
“Alexa, wake me up to Capital”
Wake up to your favorite radio and set up your daily routines.
“Alexa, what should I say?”
“Alexa, speak slower”
Adjust Alexa’s rate of speech to make your interactions even more natural based on your preferences. You can also say, “Alexa, speak faster”. To reset Alexa’s speaking rate, simply say, “Alexa, speak at your default rate”.
“Alexa, turn on whisper mode”
Gone are the days of having to wake up your partner to ask Alexa to turn the alarm off. Whisper mode is a feature that allows you to whisper to Alexa, who in turn whispers when they answer you.
“Alexa, translate into Spanish”
Alexa can help you with live translations in French, German, Hindi, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese and Spanish.
“Alexa, create a to-do list”
If you want to know which items are on your list, just ask: “Alexa, what’s on my to-do list?”.