Has it made your life better? Easier? How?
Isn't it's only purpose to play Despacito when you're sad?
if i had one it would only be used for that
Nope! Waste of money on something a phone can do!
I might buy a big mouth billy bass with Alexa integration though...
Ha ha - that would be funny. But I still wouldn't buy it.
I have one, never used it though
I don't have one in my life. I guess for some folks there may be good reasons for it, limited mobility comes to mind, but I just can't make the case for one.
I honestly thought about getting it for my mom for this reason.
My mom has one. While she still gets around OK,(she's 82), it does make her life easier.
How does it assist her or make things easier?
I'm thinking that one with limited mobility needs help getting dressed, meals, cleaning, hygiene - can't see how the device can help with those tasks.
Mostly it's about lights, not having to walk into a dark room.
Do you need to tell it to turn on the lights in a room before walking in? Also sounds like you need to install additional hardware, configure it link it via bluetooth or something. I would think the existing light switch can handle it.
If i needed one, I wouldn't bother. The wife's voice is disturbing enough
I have one, but I can’t remember the last time I used it...
yes but the family doesn't remember the commands so we only use it for music.
I mean I know the commands but I don't really use it as much as one would think.
Like play the King's game or navigate through the maze, ask the weather, locations, that's it really.
My wife just read an article about a parrot the supposedly ordered stuff through Alexa!
I saw that too lol
I have one, a 2nd gen Echo. I use it as a bluetooth speaker for my HTPC. It sounds infinitely better than my TV speakers, and I was dragging my feet on buying a soundbar and then someone gifted us one last year. I may eventually get a soundbar anyways though but it has worked decently. The audio was lagging behind the video when I was on Linux, but I installed Windows 10 and the bluetooth audio syncs well.
We also occasionally ask it questions. I'd say it fails about 50% of the time to answer the question. We stream music to it sometimes too.
I think just about anything sounds better than TV speakers.
That's for sure. I'd almost prefer they just stop shipping speakers in them.
My wife and I do google home, but my parents have an Alexa and thy use it to control most of the lights and things like that in the house. Its awesome.
I’m actually thinking of getting one myself (when i have my own house after my parents don’t want me under their roof anymore) just to experiment/tinker with the concept of home automation. I actually find the internet of things quite fascinating, but the fact that the whole system is vulnerable to hacking attacks kind of creeps me out a little because once it gets under the control of hackers, they can do all sorts of creepy and just plain scary things with it.
Yes, I got it for my mother for Christmas a year ago. We use it way more than we should because it's a great tool for the kitchen (e.g., substitutions, recipes, etc.) It's also great for music so we don't have to risk burn-in by using Pandora on our OLED TV.
No and I never will, but my dad has the Google equivalent that I forgot the name of (he won it from some TV show, apparently).
When I was visiting him and saw it I immediately said "This is so sad, Google play Despacito".
Surprisingly, it actually worked. Neither he or my stepmother understood why I was laughing so hard. Perhaps I'm too easily amused.
I don't have an Alexa, but I do have 3 Google Homes. I honestly mainly use them as a kitchen timer, for asking what the weather will be, and playing music around the house. For me, the low cost to obtain one pays for itself with the convenience of those three things. I also have them linked to my thermostat so if I am laying in bed I can just yell at it to turn the AC down in the summer instead of getting up. I know I could use it far more than I do, but they're reasonably cheap and useful.
i just use it for music
Do you need to subscribe to a music service first? I know Pandora has a free accnt available - can it use Pandora?
It uses Amazon's music library.
not an alexa but a google home hub. love how i can talk to it and it can automatically cast netflix, youtube, etc. to my tv. great for setting reminders and kitchens timers too.
Just dont expect it to answer any question you throw at it, you'll be disappointed. Sometimes I wonderf if the commercials on TV are preprogrammed and not what alexa and google would actually say. One time I tried asking my google a question I heard the TV ad, and it didn't know. Wecike using it for the easter eggs. :D We used to be able to get 'Dr doggy' (the pet food expert on google home) to yell at us for feding our dog our homework!
Never seen the need to get one. Neither have my parents. And since we're military, it wouldn't be great to have something that might be listening in our house for sure. If some info were to leak out...