Face it. Sometimes machines can do things better than us humans. These Alexas skills and services have exceeded anyone’s expectations.
Did you know you could add your default home and work addresses to your Alexa app, and get automatic traffic and commuting information? This can make mornings so much simpler if you’re in a rush and don’t have time to stop and look up the traffic.
First, you’ll want to add your addresses to the device.
Now you can say “Alexa, how’s my commute?” or “Alexa, what’s traffic like on my commute?” or even “Alexa, how do I get to the airport?”
If you’re a sports fan, you can get Alexa notifications about your favorite teams, or set it up so you can ask your Alexa device for updates.
Are you ever looking for a recipe or meal idea and wish someone would give you suggestions? Alexa does just that- and you can even set up your dietary preferences.
Now you can browse Alexa’s skills within recipes and cooking and enable ones that suit your needs – there are tons to choose from. Plus you can enable skills for some of your favorite food delivery spots. One of our favorites is Allrecipes, which will give you recipe ideas using specific ingredients.
Then you can say phrases like “Alexa, open Allrecipes” and ask for a slow cooker recipe using chicken, or an appetizer recipe without meat. The options are endless.
Click here for a full list of prompts you can use for Allrecipe on Alexa.
While you should never depend on your Alexa device in case of a real emergency (always call 911 for help), you can use your Alexa for informational first aid help.
First, enable the Mayo Clinic First Aid skill.
Now you can ask your Alexa questions like “Alexa, ask Mayo First Aid how to treat my baby’s fever”, “Alexa, help for a burn”, or “Alexa, tell me about spider bites.”
You can also set up Red Cross services like Hurricane Alerts or Donate Blood. Just search for red cross in Alexa skills.
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