So, you've probably heard of the Amazon Echo, aka Alexa, and you may have seen it as a prize in our sweepstakes options, but what exactly is it? Frankly, it kind of looks like a supersized can of air freshener. But, Alexa has much more to offer than you may have considered.
Read on to discover the super cool features Amazon Echo offers and why you should enter our sweepstakes to win it.
The Amazon Echo is a virtual assistant that responds to your voice. Instead of hitting a button, like you might do with Siri on your iPhone, you simply say "Alexa" and tell her what you need. Alexa's "ears" are sensitive and she'll be able to hear you no matter where you are in the room.
New apps and upgrades are continuously being integrated to improve functionality and add new features. Before my own Alexa died an untimely death (due to an overzealous large dog or a spectacularly accident-prone cat...not sure which was the culprit), I'd barely scratched the surface, mainly using it to listen to music as I prepped dinner or to figure out volume conversions. Besides these noble applications, I've realized I missed out on so much more!
Here are some practical things you can ask/tell Alexa.
- Get the daily forecast.
- Get the approximate time of your commute to work.
- Add items to your calendar.
- Add items to your shopping or to-do list.
- Summon an Uber or Lyft.
- Call or message family and friends.
- Order pizza from Domino's.
Create the perfect environment.
- Cool the house to 72 degrees.
- Turn the living room lights to 75%.
- Turn the bedroom fan off.
- Play classical music.
- Take an audio adventure. Check out The Wayne Investigation or The Magic Door for starters (fun for the whole family!).
- Listen to an audio book.
- Play a game like 20 Questions or Bingo.
- Ask Alexa silly questions for surprising answers. Try, "Alexa, what is your quest?"
- Having a bad day? Alexa takes verbal abuse like a champ. I highly recommend avoiding physical confrontations. Alexa's pretty awesome, but she won't survive a body slam.
Why enter the Amazon Echo sweepstakes?
Entry into the Amazon Echo sweepstakes is only 200 Points (equivalent to $2.00). That's 800 Points less than the regular cash-out threshold and $178.00 less than the purchase price.
Odds in our previous technical gizmo sweeps have averaged 1:366.
Don't wait! This sweepstakes ends June 30, 2017.
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Note: Some of the listed features may be subject to subscription fees, or may require additional purchases to operate with compatible connected devices from WeMo, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Nest, ecobee, and others.
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