Am yet to buy DP main present. Am contemplating one of those echo things. With a kettle. But surely the chore is filling the kettle with water. Not switching it on. Am I missing something? He drinks a lot of tea . .
One thing that confuses me about these is what happens when someone else gives order such as Alexa turn the kettle off.I can imagine households where there is a practical joker that these could cause huge arguments..
Agree, it's just a gimmick. My mums one does my head in, more specifically, my mum I suppose How lazy do you have to be to ask someone else to check your train time or the weather?! It's not like this information is hard to access! You need wifi for it to work anyway Don't get it myself, dds one she got from my dad last Christmas was donated to her cousin in the summer, it was gathering dust. She has proper speakers in her room for listening to music anyway, and didn't enjoy playing the games with Alexa!
It turns on the fire, lights and television, does alarms, tells me the weather while I'm wrestling toddler into a coat and wondering if I should add hat and boots, interesting facts, sings songs to toddler which miraculously calm him down, tells me news headlines, puts on the radio, reminds me of appointments, turns on white noise for toddler nap time and acts as an intercom.
Dh is the obsessed one, he's planning on integrating curtains, alarms and some other things.
It's also useful when you're out or on holiday and can turn on lights at home randomly and music to make it look like someone is home.
I pretty much use mine as a radio/music player and nothing else, and still find it pretty handy. Sometimes I do shout Alexa is it going to rain so I know what coat to put on. The kids enjoy asking it things too.
Thank you all. Alexa turn the lights off sounds much more useful. But forgive my ignorance - is that a whole world of reworking lights upstairs? How does it work? Surely she can't switch off wall mounted switches?
I didnt like the idea of the Echo until we got one and now I love it.
Forget you have left a light on when finally in bed nice and warm? Ask it to turn off the light.
Want an alarm, ask it to set an alarm
It can integrate with spotify / amazon music so you can play it through the speakers and not need your phone plugged in
it can set your heating without needing to get up and change it (smart heating such as hive required)
it really do some amazing things and I love it now.
onedayatatime - you buy a home hub such as hive and pop in the hub branded bulbs. The echo then talks to the hub and the hub talks to the light so you say 'turn off the light' and it does. It is really clever
Watch out tho - it gets pricey. The echo for itself is ok but apparently its £25 for each plug and £50 per dimmable lightbulb. It all adds up if you want it to do more than tell you dirty jokes which amused us for weeks when we got ours
I have mine in the kitchen as I can choose music/ radio by voice rather than having to dry my hands and do it in my phone. There are skills you can programme on it such as 'Netflix and chill' which will turn on Netflix and dim the lights