Amazon Echo Dot, My New Gadget

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  1. Patsy Faye

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    Agree !!
     
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    One of the assets that I have been checking on is that your home can be married up with Alexa in order to verbally control the air conditioning, drapes, lights and even the coffee maker and microwave.

    Now, one thing I do not know is if our thingy in question can take on a name change and voice that is user specific.
    I am sure that ya'll have read Yvonne's post about the strange woman in the house incident in which all it took was a radio announcer giving an example of what Alexa can do. The announcer was bemusing the idea that our youth no longer has to hit the books or even google information but instead just say "Alexa, what is the capital of Argentina" and bang, the answer is forthcoming. Having the voice of a strange woman in my house is compelling but not when I am not expecting it and definitely not at 5 a.m. In the morning. If I could change her name to something like Rumplestiltskin I might fare a bit better at accidental occurances.

    Another thing I am not sure of is how much Alexa can take before it gets miffed like Siri does. I am sure that Alexa, like her counterpart does not know the meaning of life nor can tell me who put the bop in the bop-shebop-shebop but unlike Siri, I will not push for an answer. Siri get's an attitude with me and even gives me the silent treatment for asking her what appears to be trivial questions but to me are all too important.
    Who would Not want to know who put the bop in the bop-shebop-shebop and who among us would not want to know with finality what the true meaning of life is other than talking to some devious Artificial Intelligence bent on making us all a bunch of slovenly lumps of couch potatoes?
     
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    @Bobby Cole - I've heard of the 'other woman' but you have two ! ?
    Bloomin' eck :p
     
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    Kinda sorta. Siri is a cross gender kind of critter. She can go from a sexy woman to a guy with a near baritone voice by the click of a button. That said, the guy gets as testy with me the same as his female side does.
     
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    Oh ! That made me giggle ! :p
     
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  6. Cody Fousnaugh

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    My wife added this Echo Dot to our Christmas List for next year, but may get one before then. At $49, that's not a bad price for what it can do.
     
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    Yeah, if it's hooked up right, you can even program it to get the carpet robot thingy going or start the washing machine or even start your car in the morning.

    Unfortunately, Alexa doesn't do windows, clean the toilet nor carry the clothes to the washing machine.
    Generally speaking, a kiss and a hug is all it takes to get those jobs done. Inexpensive but effective.
     
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  8. Cody Fousnaugh

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    Gee, I'm doing all the laundry right now and I'll be cleaning both toilets in a few minutes. And, my wife is at work. She doesn't have to coax me at all to do this stuff. A regular "goodbye" kiss in the morning and she's off to work and I'm off to work at home.
     
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    This is an interesting current case where the prosecution is trying to use Alexa in a murder trial. I'm very leery of using any of these devices in my home, but from what I've heard, cell phones and computers with Google on them are or could be already recording everything we say/ask.
     
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    Way I look at it, let them record! Wife and I have nothing to hide. Sometimes we say things we shouldn't, but that's our fault.

    I grew up in a farming area with a fairly small population. IOW, everyone knew everyone and even on a personal level. Nobody minded it. I'd like to return to that small population. People are much, much more friendlier!
     
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    I totally disagree @Cody Fousnaugh. I believe we have an expectation of privacy in our homes, vehicles, etc., and shouldn't have to worry about Big Brother listening to and/or recording our every word. Although I have nothing to hide, I don't believe they have any right to my thoughts, beliefs or opinions. Those belong to me, and I believe we've ceded enough of our rights to the government (or a corporation, in its stead) as it is.
     
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    Well, even on this forum, many go "above and beyond" disclosing what some would call "private info". People do the same on Facebook. Sometimes I even have to give a "second thought" to starting a new Thread or making a comment, while others simply start a "questionable" Thread or make a "questionable" post. Shoot, today, since most job hunting goes on over the Internet, Online Applications have to be filled out and certain questions are asked. Don't answer the questions and the app process will cease. Want the job, have to answer the online and in-person/interview questions.

    Some people, where we live, are so private, they don't even open their window shades. We open our front living room shades every morning, but do close them when we leave to go somewhere.
     
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    I'd get one but I don't want to have to listen to Alexa and Siri arguing all day.
     
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    I haven't got an Echo dot, I'm not sure I'll bother after listening to ones belonging to friends and colleagues.

    As for getting Alexa to automatically turn on the heating and lights etc...I've had the ability to do that with the Hive App on my phone, for well over a year.

    No longer do I have to come home to a dark or cold house because when I'm out...even abroad..I can turn the light on and the heating if necessary just by a click of a button on my iphone.. ..and of course if I really need an answer to a question when I have no access to google, I can simply ask Siri..
     
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    Now you have my brain going into overdrive.

    I do wonder if I can get them to start communicating with each other.
    I think if I key in a question to Siri and get a verbal response that would actuate Alexa and get a correlating or opposing response then maybe a loop with some minuscule changes can be created thereby simulating a conversation. Asking the initial question would be the crucial point otherwise it would just end with one counterpoint or agreement. Maybe even start a sort of "think tank" or.......!
    Hmmmmmmmmm.............I might really find out who put the ram in the rama-lama- ding-dong!
     
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    But, it's new and high-tech. Wife and I like that! LOL, but true.
     
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    FWIW, @Cody Fousnaugh , my daughter has an Echo (the taller one with a built-in speaker) and she just loves hers, and that is why she showed up at our house to surprise us with one.
    Unless you have appliances that are able to be controlled remotely, you can't just have the lights turned on and off when you aren't home; but if you have those, then Alexa can do it for you. She plays music when you ask, and can also play Pandora and Spotify, although only when you have a paid account on Spotify.
    There are probably a lot of helpful things that you can do once you have an Echo besides listen to music, and I think if you investigate what all the Echo can do then you will enjoy having one, too.
     
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    My son and Dil in Illinois have "Alexa" and it's kind of fun. The boys had her telling "knock knock" jokes and they were ones I hadn't heard before and funny. I'm sure my son can set it to be rated G if the kids are talking to her. ..all the jokes were age appropriate. :)

    The 4 year old always asks Alexa to play "Go Cubs Go".

    The 10 yr old got an echo dot for Christmas for his room...think it can turn the light off and on and some other things...think my son said it was about $40.

    Here's one joke I remember...

    Knock knock
    Who's there?
    Kanye
    Kanye who?
    Kanye quit telling me knock knock jokes. :)
     
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    Well, after researching both the Echo Dot and the new Google Home, we are going with the Google Home and a Chromecast to attach to our HDMI input on the back of our tv. The Echo Dot is cheaper and has more apps to it, but there are things that the Google Home can do that the Dot can't. A couple of things is this: when the Echo Dot plays a song, you can't Stop, Pause or FF the song, however The Google Home you can. If a person wants to know about a camera or other item, Echo Dot will try to sell it to you instead of giving you the info you want about the item. Echo Dot is by Amazon, which is a selling site, not info site. When a person asks the Goggle Home about an item, it will give you the Specs and other info. The Echo Dot can be connected to a Sound Bar, or other sound system, by way of either a cable (sold separately) or Blu-Tooth, whereas the Google Home can't be, but does have a nice size speaker/loudness to it.

    The Echo Dot is being sold for $49, has a lot of apps, but the Google Home will overtake it in apps quickly. The Google Home is $129, but does get some better reviews than the Dot does. The Echo Dot can't communicate with a person nearly as well as the Google Home can.........this is a proven fact. Plus, match Goggle Home with the Chromecast item ($35) and............let the FUN and ENTERTAINMENT begin and move on.

    Our pick, and my wife's birthday present, will be the Google Home and the Chromecast for our HD tv.
     
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    Okay folks. Do you wish to have some fun with whichever tell me somethin' gadget you have, while earning the ire of the same?
    Ask it one simple mathematical question and your day will be complete: What is 0 divided by 0? If ya have Siri and Alexa and ask Alexa, she might even consult with Siri or, you could even get the Oakridge Boys singing
    "Elvira"!
    Both will reference google and google will refer to parts unknown.

    A personal experience warning though: Don't press the point too much or you might wind up getting the silent treatment like Siri does to me. Fickled female!
     
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    This is the reply from Siri to me...
     
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    Ok, have the Google Home and Chromecast hooked up now. Goggle Home is pretty unique and interesting. My wife loves it! It play all of our favorite music and we don't have to turn on any kind of CD player and put a CD in. We don't keep the microphones on on all the time........we turn it off when we go to bed and when we aren't home. The Chromecast is nice to watch YouTube music (bands) on, video clips of movies and movie reviews, but that's about it. We are getting a subscription to Netflix to make the Chromecast much more useful.

    Both are nice to have.
     
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    Hey all, I need some of your input.

    I'm getting feedback for a device that I want to help seniors with. Would you be able to help me? I just need some input on the following information--thank you so much:

    It functions a lot like the Amazon Alexa @Cody Fousnaugh and others were talking about--but instead of answering general queries like, "What is 51x30?", it has information that's personally important: Pill reminders, list-making, a spelling application (for those of us who forget :)), a calendar, and brain games.

    Yep, and it's all voice activated.

    I'm not sure, what do you all think? Do you think the current features are useful? I got them from my own troubles and from seniors I've talked to over the forum!

    Thanks so much.
    -Janet:p
     
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    We have the Goggle Home. Actually, we don't use it nearly as much as we thought we would when bought. I think we got to overly excited about buying it.
    It's a neat thing, but may go to a relative as a Christmas gift.
     
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    Interesting @Cody Fousnaugh . What about it drew you in to buy it in the first place then?
     
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