Was one of your resolutions to be more organised this year? Maybe you need a smart speaker your life.
These days, information is on tap. You need something? You tap a few keys and have a wealth of resources at your fingertips. However, the pace of living seems to keep moving at the speed of light. We always seem to be just one step ahead of the rolling ball in The Temple of Doom. And while there is no magical remedy just yet, there is something helping people the world over stay… well… two or three steps ahead!
Enter digital virtual assistants.
Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, Google Now, Microsoft Cortana. Conversational AI’s, or voice-driven technology you can talk to, efficiently solving problems and organising people.
Why do you need one? Here is just a taste of some of the things they can do for you.
Music: If you want to listen to something, it’s easy to ask for the song, artist, album or playlist, and get it playing quickly
Weather: Planning what to wear for the day, or pack for a holiday? Simply ask away. You’ll never be stuck in a white t-shirt in the pouring rain again.
News: Know what’s going on in the world (in a summarised version) while you get ready in the morning
Recipes: Ask for a recipe while you update the grocery list, or follow it as you cook without covering a chunky book with flour and chocolate
Restaurants: Find restaurants or local home delivery options
Alarms/reminders: Set a timer while you cook an egg or add someone’s birthday to your diary while your hands are busy. No excuses for missing Aunty Jan’s birthday this year.
Kids: Get a bedtime story read out for them, or teach them random facts or skills, it’s as easy as ABC
Smart Home: Get your lights turned on or off, set your temperature, lock the door or turn on the tv amongst many other commands
General organisation: Add jobs to your to-do list or even better… set tasks for your significant other (or reminders for all the Half-A-Job-Bob’s to finish up).
Much, much more! The sky's the limit.
Just for fun on a Friday night with family, here are some other things you can ask your digital virtual assistant. You’ll have to ask to find out the funny answers!