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Old 02-18-2019, 09:14 PM
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We have 3 dots, lanai, 2 bedrooms.

One spot, that we have in master, servers as a clock, weather, trivia, news.

Our echo is in the living room, music, shopping list, where is my package, order from amazon, read a book, multiple timers, alarms. We lock doors, control lights, open garage, see what our cameras pick up, make phone calls.
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Old 02-18-2019, 09:23 PM
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I was in a neighbors home, and accidentally activated Alexa, without using the Alexa signal word, got very confusing, basically it responded to a conversation we were having, and I happened to be closer to the unit.
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Old 02-18-2019, 10:09 PM
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Our son-in-law uses Alexa to turn on the lights in the various rooms in their house which also will turn them on at 50% or other iteration. I think they also run their roomba thru it.
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Old 02-18-2019, 10:18 PM
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Interesting information, but, so far, I haven't heard anything that would entice me to want an Alexa. And, I love gadgets.
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Old 02-19-2019, 02:48 AM
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She let's us know when our packages from Amazon will arrive and then when they have arrived. We had a very funny thing happen with Alexa, without saying the activation name. I asked my husband if he had seen the cat to which he replied "no". Alexa pipes up and says, "DOn't worry about him. He will come home when he is hungry". Sometimes I wonder if there is someone listening through "her". She has started talking spontaneously during the night, "she" seems to butt into our conversations. Spooky!
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Old 02-19-2019, 06:58 AM
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We use her for music. We are Prime members and she draws mainly from Amazon music. Can access Pandora etc. Just had her play Montevani on Valentines Day. She can find Ohio State marching band music. I think we have the Echo - got it because it has a better speaker. Also have her play WVLG although it is sometimes difficult to communicate. Love the shopping list feature. Has saved me at the grocery store numerous times. Also use to turn on certain lights. First thing in the morning I ask for weather before I get dressed. They are adding features constantly. I know we could do more if we took the time to dig into it. Definitely worth the money - not expensive.
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Old 02-19-2019, 07:32 AM
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Alexa's capabilities go from simple to sophisticated. Do a Google search and you'll find more than you'll probably ever use. My dot was the best 25 bucks I've spent in a long time.
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Old 02-19-2019, 07:44 AM
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Once again, thank you for the information provided. I have to have one of these "toys" and then learn how to use it to its fullest potential. I agree it is a bit like "Big Brother", but almost everything in life is now watching us so .........................
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Old 02-19-2019, 07:51 AM
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I seem to remember a setting where Alexa will only respond to a comment when you must say 'Alexa' first.

Here's a slideshow of some interesting commands.
Amazon Alexa Setup: Settings to Enable and Disable
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Old 02-19-2019, 08:02 AM
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We've been using "Alexa" since it came out and we were given one of the early units as a Holiday gift. We still have the original "Echo" in our living room. Have since added an "Echo Dot" on our Lanai and a 3rd "Dot" in the master bedroom. We've played around with lots of the "skills" over the years but find ourselves using Alexa, mostly, for 2 things. One is turning specified lights on or off by voice, the second is as a music source to play Amazon Music, Sirius/XM Radio, Pandora, etc. We can pair our living room unit with the sound system on the TV for music and have a separate speaker on the Lanai we can pair the Dot to. Just like a smartphone or many other examples, you could do 1000 things with it but any given person ends up using only a handful. I'm convinced they are "listening" all of the time. When I say they, I don't mean humans, I mean the devices. I can't count the number of times we've talked about goods or services only to soon later see advertisements or links to similar goods and services come up on our social media. It's creepy but only if/when I feel more violated than that will I remove the devices. I've never had one, but I believe Google Home is a device that performs in very similar ways.
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