Amazon Echo: L-ewwel 13 Affarijiet li Ipprova

Amazon Echo: The First 13 Things to Try

Alexa, assistent virtwali Amazon, hija aktar minn 3m djar Amerikan permezz tal-kelliem Echo. Issa huwa disponibbli fil-Gran Brittanja - imma x'inhu l-attrazzjoni?


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Tgħallem il-kmandi bażiċi

L-ewwel ħaġa li għandek tkun taf tixtieq li tagħmel ma ġdida tiegħek Amazon Echo huwa jitgħallmu kmandi ftit vuċi bażiċi. Qal "Alexa: waqfa!"Se immedjatament tikkanċella x'ikun attività li qed jiġri; li jagħmel il-mużika louder jew inqas storbjuża, jgħidu "Alexa: volum sa "jew" Alexa: volum isfel ". Inti tista 'tiżdied għal livell volum speċifiku billi qal numru minn wieħed sa 10: "Alexa: wieħed volum "ser idur l-awdjo isfel għal whisper, filwaqt li "Alexa: mute "se silenzju il Echo għal kollox. Ladarba inti ħadthom ltqajna l-hang dawn, inti tista jibdew jesperimentaw bil jikkmanda aktar avventurużi, sikuri fl-għarfien li inti tista 'dejjem tħassar jew silenzju kwalunkwe attività mhux mixtieqa.

Ibdel il-kelma tranja

Forsi inti ma bħall-isem Alexa - jew forsi għandek xi membru tal-familja ta 'dak l-isem u ma jridux li toħloq konfużjoni. Fi kwalunkwe każ, inti tista 'faċilment tinbidel il-kelma l-Echo jirrispondi għall. Biex tagħmel hekk, tiftaħ il-app Alexa fuq smartphone tiegħek jew pillola, tmur settings, imbagħad ikklikkja fuq Echo tiegħek u vit biex jibdlu l-kelma "qawmien". Int ser ikollok tara għandek tliet għażliet: "Alexa", "Amazon" jew "Echo" - sfortunatament, inti ma tistax tagħżel isem tiegħek. Inti tista 'wkoll tixtieq li tmur fis ħsejjes & notifiki u jippermettu awdjo rispons - ġentili "Boop" - meta l-Echo jisma isem Alexa, sabiex inti tkun taf meta huwa nisma.

Link kalendarju tiegħek

Wieħed mill tricks tal-ECHO utli ħafna hija l-abbiltà li jgħidlek liema avvenimenti u ħatriet ikollok ġejjin up. Biex jgħaqqdu kalendarju Google tiegħek, sempliċiment jmorru fil-settings fil-app Alexa, imbagħad vit Kalendarju>kalendarju Google>rabta kont Kalendarju Google. Ma 'dan isir, inti tista 'tistaqsi mistoqsijiet sempliċi bħal: "Alexa, meta hija appuntament li jmiss tiegħi?", jew "Alexa, dak am I tagħmel is-Sibt wara nofsinhar?"Tista 'toħloq ġrajjiet ġodda, wisq. Biss jiġi mwissi illi Alexa m'għandu l-ebda kunċett ta 'privatezza: jekk għandek xi rendez sigriet nnutat fl kalendarju Google tiegħek, ma jkun sorpriż jekk hi tixrid l-fażola lil membru tal-familja kurżitajra.

Twaqqaf traffiku u sportivi aġġornamenti

Il-proċess setup Echo tinkoraġġixxi li inti tipprovdi indirizz tad-dar tiegħek, hekk Alexa jista 'immedjatament joffru temp u aħbarijiet rapporti lokali. Jekk inti tgħid il-Echo fejn inti taħdem, inti tista 'wkoll tikseb ir-rapporti tat-traffiku għall-jibdel tiegħek. Biex tagħmel dan, tiftaħ il-app Alexa, tmur settings>traffiku u vit biex jidħlu l-indirizz tax-xogħol tiegħek, flimkien ma 'kwalunkwe waypoints relevanti tul ir-rotta. Issa tista 'titlob "Alexa, kif hija l-traffiku?"Għal aġġornament ħajjin. Alexa tista 'wkoll taqra inti aħbarijiet u aktar minn pubblikazzjoni oħt tagħna, l- Guardian: biss jippermettu l-"ħiliet" fuq l-app Echo, imbagħad, per eżempju, jgħidu: "Alexa, titlob lill- Guardian li tagħti me l-aħbarijiet tal-futbol. "

Jgħaqqdu apparat tiegħek dar intelliġenti

Il Echo tista 'tikkontrolla firxa wiesgħa ta' mezzi dar konnessi, bħal termostats u dawl intelliġenti. F'xi każijiet, dan jista 'jeħtieġ li inti tgħammar Alexa bi ġodda "ħiliet": biex jagħmlu dan, mur ħiliet>kategoriji>dar intelliġenti u tfittxija għal tagħmir tiegħek. Ladarba inti qed twaqqaf, sempliċiment għid Alexa għal "jiskopru strumenti". Tista 'mbagħad joħroġ jikkmanda bħal "Alexa, tistabbilixxi t-temperatura Nest biex 20 lawrji "jew" Alexa, brighten-dawl tas-sodda ". Taħt dar intelliġenti>gruppi inti ser issib ukoll il-kapaċità li toħloq gruppi nnominati mill-apparat, sabiex inti tista '- per eżempju - dawran kollha dwal ta' barra tiegħek fuq jew barra bi kmand wieħed.

Get xiri

Il Echo jagħmilha faċli ħafna għall-ordni oġġetti mill-Amażonja. Jekk għandek kont Amazon Prim thats stabbilita għal one-ikklikkja tordna, inti tista 'tippermetti xiri vuċi fi ħdan l-app Alexa. Biex issir ordni, sempliċement jgħidu "Alexa, ordni Iswed Mirror fuq DVD "jew" Alexa, tordna quinoa organiku ", u tikkonferma x-xiri meta Alexa jaqraha lura lilek. Tista 'wkoll iżid punti fuq basket tiegħek għar-reviżjoni aktar tard. Jekk għandek it-tfal fid-dar din tista 'tkun idea tajba li tħalli din il-karatteristika mitfi, madankollu: inti tista 'twaqqaf pin b'erba' ċifri, iżda peress li inti għandek tgħid it out loud li jawtorizza xirja, hija probabbilment mhux se jibqgħu sigrieti għal żmien twil.

Tista 'tuża Alexa biex jikkontrollaw il-Nest termostat intelliġenti.
Tista 'tuża Alexa biex jikkontrollaw il-Nest termostat intelliġenti. Ritratt: Samuel Gibbs għall-Osservatur

Qabbad kont Spotify tiegħek

Jekk int Amażonja Prim membru, inti tista 'titlob Alexa jilagħbu selezzjonijiet minn aktar minn 1m hits popolari u playlists fis-servizz streaming Prim mużika. Il Echo jistgħu wkoll jilagħbu kanzunetti mill personali librerija tiegħek mużika Amazon - inti tista 'upload sa 250 binarji ħielsa. Jekk għandek kont primjum Spotify, il Echo jista nixxiegħa minn hemm kif ukoll: sempliċiment link fil-app Alexa taħt settings>mużika & midja, imbagħad toħroġ kmand bħal "Alexa, play Fil-lejla Arja mill Spotify ". Jekk inti ma tridx li jispeċifika s-sors kull darba, vit "Agħżel servizzi tal-mużika default" u jagħżlu Spotify mill-menu li jidher.

Tixgħel ir-istazzjon tar-radju favoriti tiegħek

Il Echo ma jkollux riċevitur FM, iżda dan jintegra ma 'TuneIn li jipprovdu aċċess għal firxa kbira ta' stazzjonijiet tar-radju fuq l-internet. Sempliċement jgħidu "Alexa, play Radju 4 "jew" Alexa, play assoluti 80s "biex tisma. Peress TuneIn huwa servizz globali, hemm firxa ferm usa 'ta' stazzjonijiet li jagħżlu minn milli youd tikseb ma 'riċevitur regolari - għaliex ma tippruvax WDDH fi New York, or ABC Adelaide? You’ll find the full list of stations at tunein.com. You can also ask Echo to play music from a particular genre.

Alexa, tell me a story

If you’re a fan of the spoken word, you’ve probably built up a library of Audible audiobooks. Now Echo can play them to you: sempliċement jgħidu "Alexa, play A Brief History of Time", and assuming the book’s in your Audible library, the narrative will begin. As with music, you can tell Alexa to pause and resume as needed: “go back” skips back 30 sekondi, while “next chapter” and “previous chapter” work as you’d expect. Echo may soon be able to read out Kindle books too, since the feature is already available to US users. Her delivery won’t be as natural as a professional storyteller, għalkemm, and don’t expect her to do the voices.

Pick up a pizza through the Just Eat app, which can be linked to Alexa.
Pick up a pizza through the Just Eat app, which can be linked to Alexa. Ritratt: Just Eat

Order a takeaway

Skills allow the Echo to interface with real-world services, and it doesn’t get much more real than JustEat. Once you’ve installed the skill (and linked it to your Just Eat account), you can order dinner without having to lift a finger. Dażgur, no one wants to listen to Alexa read out an entire menu, so for now the service is limited to repeating orders from your history: you might say “Alexa, ask Just Eat to reorder pizza” or “Alexa, ask Just Eat to reorder ramen”. As with Amazon voice purchasing, there’s nothing to prevent the service from being abused by inquisitive children, but perhaps that won’t be a big problem for the single men it’s evidently aimed at.

Work up a sweat

After you’ve devoured a few takeaways, you may need a spot of exercise. Alexa can help here too: one of the most popular features is the seven-minute workout, in which Alexa guides you through a short programme of timed exercises, including jumping jacks, press-ups and wall sits. If you’re not sure how an exercise should be done, you can see a graphical tutorial within the Alexa app. There’s no musical accompaniment – just a ticking timer sound – but you can start your own playlist and hear it quietly in the background. In future, the developers plan to extend the feature so you can track your performance and get access to a wider range of exercises.

Enjoy games and Easter eggs

In the skills library, under games, trivia & accessories, you’ll find dozens of games you can play with Alexa, including interactive quizzes, bingo, and even blackjack. Alexa can roll virtual dice for you too – with any number of sides – and she plays a mean game of rock, karta, scissors. If that’s too simple for you, she can also play the more sophisticated “rock, karta, scissors, lizard, Spock” variant. If you’re looking for more cerebral stimulation, try asking some philosophical questions, such as whether Santa Claus exists or who let the dogs out. Alexa has a lot of smart responses, and she’s well versed in films, books and TV shows.

Expand and accessories

The Echo receives regular software upgrades: to find out about new features, go to things to try>what’s new? in the Alexa app. It’s also worth keeping an eye on the skills library, as new capabilities are being added all the time. And if you want to expand your coverage into other rooms of your house, consider investing in the Echo Dot – a miniature version of the Echo costing £50 – or £250 for a pack of six. It has the same capabilities as the full-sized Echo, just with a smaller speaker – and if you like, you can connect an external speaker with a cable or over Bluetooth.

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