Have you ever wanted to have something that could allow you to control, not only things in your home, but could answer questions that you ask it. Think, in-home robot without the arms and legs. This is where the new Amazon Echo and the wonderous Alexa comes in. I had heard about the Amazon Echo before and had even seen it working in the past, but I did not have one in my own home until recently.
With Halloween coming soon, Amazon send me an Amazon Echo to create a spooky home and with the Amazon Echo they even sent some WeMo electrical outlets to help me to do just that.
We connected the Amazon Echo and set it up with no problem. Once set up the kids were all over the Amazon Echo and all of us were quickly just calling it Alexa – almost forgetting its’ real Amazon Echo name.
I got right to work in trying to create some Halloween fun. I hooked up the Halloween lights that I had to the WeMo electrical outlets as well as started to ask the Amazon Echo questions to find out the extent to which Alexa could answer my questions. It was a process, and we found some funny answers as well as very informative ones too.
In the end I was able to create a fun way to turn on and off the Halloween lights within our home and them even ask the Amazon Echo for some spooky sounds. You do have to watch how you ask for things with the Amazon Echo, as if you are not careful you will not get the answer you are looking for and I found that to be true multiple times.
The girls loved what I created and we now love having the Amazon Echo and Alexa as a part of our family!
In case you’re not familiar, the Amazon Echo ($179.99) is a new, hands-free device designed around your voice and begins working as soon as it detects the wake word – “Alexa.” You can ask Alexa to provide information, answer questions, play music, read the news, set timers, recite your calendar, check sports scores, ask for traffic and weather updates, and much more. You can also use Echo to control anything with an on/off switch using WeMo wall plugs, switches and bulbs.
Echo, which springs to life when you use the wake word “Alexa,” is the perfect assistant for hosting a holiday party – from setting timers while you cook to setting the mood with popular holiday music hits while your guests cozy up by the fire. Alexa is also full of fun holiday trivia and Easter Eggs. For example, you can ask:
- “Alexa, play Prime Music Holiday Movie Favorites Playlist”
- “Alexa, add pumpkin pie to my shopping list”
- “Alexa, who’s playing in the Rose Bowl”
- “Alexa, where does Santa live”
Check out what I tried!
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