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Old 31 Jul 2018, 02:13 AM   #1
FredOnline
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Amazon Dot/Echo/Alexa

Just curious if anyone here on the forum has used these devices and what's your opinion:

Really useful?

Purchased out of curiosity, but not really that useful?

Not worth the hype?

All opinions welcome!
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Old 31 Jul 2018, 05:55 AM   #2
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I purchased an Echo in early 2016 (2.5 years ago). To be honest, my main use for it is as a Bluetooth speaker for my PC. But it works well as a robotic helper.
  • Alexa does a good job of recognizing her name and interpreting your question or directive, even in a noisy environment with a television running in the background.
  • I find that the Bluetooth speaker feature works well and sounds good.
  • Alexa now understands and answers a wide range of questions by default. See:
    https://alexa.bio/commands/
  • Many other skills can be added with third party add-ons (many of which are free). See:
    https://www.cnet.com/how-to/amazon-e...-alexa-skills/
  • I have a friend who uses many more of these features than I do. I need to remember to ask Alexa to do things.
Bill
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Old 31 Jul 2018, 08:06 PM   #3
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I find it a security concern and wont be anywhere near one!!

My father has it and when he isnt it I unplug it.. (I dont want a bug in my house)
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Old 1 Aug 2018, 08:18 PM   #4
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I find it a security concern and wont be anywhere near one!!
Yep, me too.
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