Amazon Echo Page 3

  • Dirtbox 27 Sep 2017 20:18:26 91,097 posts
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    Aside from "play song X" or "add X to the shopping list" I have found no legitimate use for it that didn't respond with "I'm sorry, I don't know how to do that".

    Oh, and the weather. But that's about it.

    Edited by Dirtbox at 20:45:39 27-09-2017
  • riceNpea 27 Sep 2017 20:19:53 941 posts
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  • Dirtbox 27 Sep 2017 20:45:10 91,097 posts
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    Or Echo Actually Has A Use Now.

    Edited by Dirtbox at 20:45:26 27-09-2017
  • Load_2.0 27 Sep 2017 21:43:33 29,322 posts
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    Dirtbox wrote:
    Aside from "play song X" or "add X to the shopping list" I have found no legitimate use for it that didn't respond with "I'm sorry, I don't know how to do that".

    Oh, and the weather. But that's about it.
    Talk dirty to me.
  • mrpon 27 Sep 2017 22:21:58 35,208 posts
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    "Alexa read me a book" and Alan Partridge came on! Totally forgot I bought it.
  • sport 27 Sep 2017 22:23:12 14,977 posts
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    Load_2.0 wrote:
    Dirtbox wrote:
    Aside from "play song X" or "add X to the shopping list" I have found no legitimate use for it that didn't respond with "I'm sorry, I don't know how to do that".

    Oh, and the weather. But that's about it.
    Talk dirty to me.
    "Alexa, play digger digger"

    Edit: For those who haven't seen this yet

    Edited by sport at 22:25:41 27-09-2017
  • Zomoniac 2 Dec 2017 17:36:35 10,019 posts
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    Has anyone successfully got Alexa and Harmony working together?
  • Your-Mother 2 Dec 2017 18:12:12 2,764 posts
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    Yep. All works fine for me. Add the Harmony skill, have Alexa search for new smart home stuff, done.
  • Zomoniac 2 Dec 2017 23:32:23 10,019 posts
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    @Your-Mother I’ve linked the accounts and added the skills (they show up on my command list) but it doesn’t see any devices when I search (they’re on the same network) and when I say the skill commands she says she doesn’t understand.

    Even my Sonos only shows up on the device scan one in three times, and the commands for that always work.
  • Deleted user 5 December 2017 09:46:21
    My Alexa current usage:
    1. Weather
    2. Time
    3. Is it going to snow this week?
    4. Music
    5. Playing with the hue lights in the front room
    6. Ask Google unofficial skill cos Bing is shit
    7. Personal Alexa skills
    8. ???
    9. Profit
  • DaM 5 Dec 2017 10:39:21 17,323 posts
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    Still can't really see the point of these, until we have our homes completely wired and integrated. Like "Open the curtains", "Make an espresso".

    Going to play with my wife's so I can shout "What's my blood sugar" and "How much charge has my car got", mainly to annoy my family.
  • nickthegun 5 Dec 2017 11:58:20 77,799 posts
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    My wife seems to fear some kind of AI uprising and talks to the echo like a person, meaning that it absolutely can't understand her.

    'Alexa, could you maybe play something Christmassy, maybe something choral, nothing too modern? Thank you'

    'im not sure how to do that'
  • Carlo 5 Dec 2017 13:35:03 20,535 posts
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    DaM wrote:
    ...Going to play with my wife...

    O_o
  • mal 5 Dec 2017 15:49:38 29,326 posts
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    DaM wrote:
    Going to play with my wife's so I can shout "What's my blood sugar" and "How much charge has my car got", mainly to annoy my family.
    "Alexa, how much wood would a wood-chuck chuck?'

    "Alexa; Daddy or chips?"

    Edited by mal at 15:58:31 05-12-2017
  • Dougs 9 Dec 2017 14:02:56 89,122 posts
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    Anyone know what the functionality is like (if any) in France? Thinking of whether my father in law would like one for Christmas...
  • HarryB 9 Dec 2017 17:06:19 7,429 posts
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    I use mine as a digital radio and an ok Bluetooth speaker for podcasts. Hue lights too. So pretty happy for £35.
  • Zomoniac 10 Dec 2017 12:59:29 10,019 posts
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    Getting pretty annoyed with my Alexa’s flat out refusal to see my Harmony now. I’ve updated the hub to the latest firmware, synced it, power cycled it, put it in pairing mode, unlinked and relinked the account, but it refuses to acknowledge its existence.
  • Deleted user 19 January 2018 13:17:38
    Is anyone getting the Amazon Spot? Wife has asked me what I want for my birthday in a couple of weeks and I quite fancied an Echo since I really can't think of anything I want besides a few kindle books.
  • DarmokJalad 19 Jan 2018 13:20:40 63,689 posts
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    It's good for playing my audible books whilst cooking, I like to listen to the news whilst having me breakfast,
  • Vortex808 19 Jan 2018 13:56:18 13,180 posts
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    We got an Echo plus for the lad's Xmas. S'allright, so we bought another one (Echo) for downstairs too.

    Speakers are decent enough for a bit of Spotify streaming too. Saved me forking out for Sonos stuff for a while I think!

    I think the Dot's are supposed to be worse for sound though. If you have Spotify and amazon prime and whatever other shit can be linked, it'd be more than worth it I think.

    Edit:Just googled the Spot thing Addy mentioned, better hope the missus doesn't see that, or she'll be getting one of those too. Maybe something smaller would be handy to get rid of the dab radio in the kitchen...

    Edited by Vortex808 at 13:58:14 19-01-2018
  • mrpon 19 Jan 2018 14:00:22 35,208 posts
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    The Spot does look intriguing, I'm tempted, but £120 though.

  • StixxUK 19 Jan 2018 14:15:04 8,145 posts
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    nickthegun wrote:
    My wife seems to fear some kind of AI uprising and talks to the echo like a person, meaning that it absolutely can't understand her.

    'Alexa, could you maybe play something Christmassy, maybe something choral, nothing too modern? Thank you'

    'im not sure how to do that'
    Wouldn't go this far but I do always feel a bit wrong not saying please and thank you.
  • TheSaint 19 Jan 2018 14:54:46 18,571 posts
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    The spot seems fine until you notice that camera on the top. You then need to have a serious think about whether or not you trust Amazon enough to let them put a camera in your bedroom.
  • CrispyXUKTurbo 19 Jan 2018 15:01:21 1,880 posts
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    Same goes for the mic to be fair. I find my dot kinda pointless, anyone wanna buy one?
  • crashVoodoo 19 Jan 2018 15:01:24 6,261 posts
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    I got one for Xmas, complete surprise gift from my mum. It's sat in the kitchen and I use it as a glorified radio when tidying/pots etc. It's also great for reminders and streaming music and i do like trying to beat alexa with akinator app.

    I can say for definite that if it hadn't been bought for me I would never have got it myself.
  • Deleted user 19 January 2018 15:01:37
    I'd have no problem with it being in the bedroom. I only snake the wife in the kitchen. With her written consent of course.
  • crashVoodoo 19 Jan 2018 15:03:55 6,261 posts
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    Sausage surprise?
  • Deleted user 19 January 2018 15:04:26
    Toad in the hole more like.
  • Vortex808 19 Jan 2018 15:06:09 13,180 posts
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    Never try Addy'B's mayo...
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