You probably already use your favorite voice assistant in your daily life to automate various tasks. They are terribly comfortable and avoid having to constantly resort to unlocking the screen of your mobile to control basic functions.
However, very few people make more extensive use of the voice assistant, either through ignorance or lack of concern to discover all that it can offer us. That’s why we wanted to show you six cool ways to use it with Alexa here.
And it is that sometimes, like when cooking, you may need to use different timers or alarms so that the food does not burn. You should know that you can set several timers at the same time and check how much time each one has left.
1.- Rename your Alexa timers
If you happen to need to cook rice for 10 minutes while frying chicken strips to complete the rice, you may need to set two different timers.
To do this, you only have to name each timer by its name. For example, you can say, “Alexa, set a chicken timer for 15 minutes,” then “Alexa, set a rice timer for 10 minutes.”
This way, at the end of each timer, the Alexa alarm tone will sound and say “Your rice timer is ready”, identifying in each case what each of the set alarms corresponds to.
Don’t forget that you can always ask Alexa to change the duration of any of the designated timers. You just need to use the voice commands appropriate.
2.- Stop or add more time to an Alexa timer
If it turns out your rice needs a little more time in the pan, just say “Alexa, add 2 minutes to the rice timer” to extend the time and ask you when to remove the pan.
You can also pause Alexa’s timer by saying “Alexa, pause timer.” When you’re ready, reactivate the timer by simply saying “Alexa, resume timer” along with the associated name.
3.- Take a look at your Alexa timers
Your Echo Show device can track a list of running timers. If you own one of Amazon’s screen-equipped devices, such as the Echo Show 15just mention “Alexa, show me my timers”.
This will give you a list of currently running timers, with their names and how much time they have left. See what it looks like on the screen below.
4.- Create a reminder with Alexa
You also don’t need to use only timers. You can ask Alexa to remind you to do something. For example, you could say “Alexa, remind me to take my clothes out of the dryer in 40 minutes.”
You can also say, “Alexa, remind me to pick up my clothes at the dry cleaner tomorrow noon”, or during electricity billing periods, use reminders to start your appliances, whether it’s a washing machine or a dishwasher.
5.- For a timer to send the children to bed
Alexa can also set timers to help you get the kids to bed on time. For example, you can slowly dim an Alexa-enabled light or smart dimmer, or you can stop music playing after a while.
If you want Alexa to slowly dim the light and then turn off one of your smart lights, just say, “Alexa, set a timer for 30 minutes to turn off the light in Alex’s room.”
You can also schedule voice messages at a certain time so that your kids get the notification on the Alexa speakers they have located in their room. This way, you’ll never miss the deadline for them to go to bed.
6.- Find out how much time is left on an Alexa timer
We often use Alexa reminders to control how much time our children spend using electronic devices, such as the Tabletin order to respect the schedule we want for each day.
If you’re watching an Amazon Prime Video series, you can ask “Alexa, how long is the video content left to watch” if you want to give it extra watch time.
To find out, just ask “Alexa, how much time is left on the timer of the TabletAlexa will then tell you how many minutes are left, which is a handy way to alert your child of how much time they have left on the device at that time.
Take a look at the article on Best Amazon Echo Show Speakers of the Year if you still don’t have one of the Amazon speakers with which you can control the voice assistant Alexa.
Original article by Ben Patterson and published in TechHive.