Stupid Alexa Tricks – For Starters Edition

One of the Echo’s coolest features is the way the Alexa voice response system/software is set up. It doesn’t take long for you to start thinking of Alexa as a real person.

You may feel silly talking to Alexa at first, but by the time you’ve tried these phrases on her and discovered she’s actually got a pretty great sense of humor, the two of you will be fast friends!

I won’t spoil the fun by revealing her responses. If you don’t get a response the first time you try any of these, be sure to mute any background noise and step a little closer to the Echo.

“Alexa: what is love?”

“Alexa: what is the meaning of life?”

“Alexa: where are you?”

“Alexa: do you like green eggs and ham?”

“Alexa: one fish two fish”

“Alexa: what does the fox say?”
(you can repeat this one, she has more than one answer)

“Alexa: who’s better, you or Siri?”

 

Next time: Stupid Alexa Tricks – TV & Movie Quotes Edition. If you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe (box in the upper right-hand sidebar) so you won’t miss any future entries in this series.

 

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And now…

The Belkin WeMo Switch is one of the first “smart” devices that the Echo can interact with and control. Setup is easy, you just plug it in, download the free app, enter your preferences in the app, and you’re good to go! The WeMo receptacle will control anything you plug into it, so you can have lights turn on and off at pre-set times for the sake of convenience or security, or control them via Alexa voice commands. Note that this whole ‘smart home’ thing is a work in progress and early adopters are subject to a period of working the kinks out, but this device was first released way back in July of 2013, nearly two years ago, so don’t pay too much attention to early, negative reviews.

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