I finally got an Alexa powered Sonos Beam for the kitchen, where I've been spending a lot of time lately. My hands are tied up while cooking and it is a pain to drop what I'm doing, wipe my hands, and hunt for a skip song button. It is for simple tasks like that I bought Alexa. Switching songs, podcasts and audiobooks, while controlling the volume is where Alexa is proving to be indispensable.
Originally that is pretty much all I needed it for, but now I'm on a quest to find other useful things I could do with Alexa. One of the latest unexpected discoveries was the fact that it works with Nest thermostat. I bought it years before Alexa was even announced, so I wasn't expecting it to cooperate. Now I just yell at Alexa to set the temperature from across the room and boom... it is magically turns up the dial.
Even though Sonos Beam doesn't have Bluetooth, I figured out how to connect it as an audio source. Now my iMac can stream audio through it, instead of built in speakers. All I had to do was to enable Sonos in the Airplay settings. 🙌
I haven't dabbled into the routines yet, which is a sequence of commands that Alexa executes, but I will soon. For now, baby steps...
One of the side-effects of interacting with Alexa is that I find myself sounding commanding and demanding. I hope that does not spill over to my interactions with real people.
What are some of the useful things and commands you use to get the most out of Alexa?