5 Alexa skills to try this week


5 Alexa abilities to do that week

Tags: Alexa, Amazon, Amazon's Alexa, bots, chatbots, Earplay, ford, March Madness, MyFord Mobile, NCAA, Nutrition

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Under is an inventory of 5 Alexa abilities price attempting drawn from new, trending, and most enabled abilities classes of the Alexa Skills Marketplace.

Notable current Alexa integrations embrace a Microsoft Office 365 calendar integration, a heart attack skill from the American Coronary heart Affiliation and WebMD skill.

In Alexa information this week, Amazon is making as much as $100 in AWS credits available to Alexa developers (bear in mind, Microsoft’s Cortana Abilities Equipment is due out soon), Alexa is being added to the Amazon app for iPhone customers, and Roomba maker iRobot stated it plans to launch an Alexa ability for controlling robotic vacuums. Rejoice, house cats everywhere.

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Reorder with Grubhub

The Grubhub ability was first made obtainable Wednesday and it helps you to select beforehand bought Grubhub orders. You may’t begin from scratch to order with this ability so it will not be very helpful for those who don’t have an enormous Grubhub historical past. Individuals who do have a historical past of exercise on Grubhub can now order dinner with their voice from 50,000 eating places.

Given the truth that Grubhub has greater than eight million lively customers (individuals who have made orders throughout the past 12 months), that’s a variety of potential orders.

Among the many dozen Alexa abilities for meals orders or supply within the abilities market in the present day, Starbucks, Amazon Eating places, and Domino’s have additionally centered their Alexa abilities on preset orders.

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NCAA March Madness

Inform the March Insanity ability the identify of any school or matchup and the ability will let you know the rating, when the sport is scheduled to happen, or who received.

Ask “Alexa, ask March Madness what games can I listen to on the radio?” and you’ll hear about obtainable video games, then the ability will ask you which of them obtainable recreation you need to hear now.

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Track by Nutritionix

What number of energy are in 4 eggs? In a half pound hamburger, an oz. of foie gras, or a complete pizza? This ability can let you know what number of energy are in a sort of meals or particular vitamin details.

Attempt to finest this ability. Not straightforward. It’s very good about meals. Join it with the Nutritionix app and you should use Alexa and the app to log meals and meals.

Meals logging has at all times had its challenges, so one other platform to log meals, particularly a easy conversational one, looks as if a sensible method to make use of Alexa.

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MyFord Mobile

The MyFord Cellular ability comes within the wake of the Client Digital Present announcement from Ford to carry Alexa to its Focus Electrical, C-MAX Energi or Fusion Energi automobiles. Now Alexa can cease and begin the automobile, test the standing of recharge, lock and unlock automobile doorways, and rather more.

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The choose-your-own-adventure story appears fairly standard for assistants like Alexa. That’s most likely why Earplay has one of many highest rankings within the Alexa Abilities Market.

Like The Magic Door or The Wayne Investigation from Warner Bros., Earplay depends closely on sounds results to set the scene, and delivers an expertise led by an excited narrator and characters.

Earplay needs to inform a lot of tales you possibly can play together with your voice however in the present day there are solely two eventualities: demo and Codename Cygnus. Ask for the demo and the ability finally ends up pushing you to open the Alexa app and join story updates. Codename Cygnus brings you thru a undercover agent state of affairs.