When it comes to technology in our home, Mr. Ice Cream is always jumping on the latest bandwagon to make our home even “smarter.” Before we got our first Amazon Echo, I wasn’t sure how often I would use the voice-activated speaker, but now, I can barely remember how I lived without it. I’m constantly asking Alexa to set a timer, dim the lights, play ____ song or how tall a certain celebrity is (I’m obsessed with knowing the heights of famous people!). Here are our five favorite Alexa features/skills.
1. Create Smart Home Groups
If you have multiple Echos or Dots you can create smart home groups so they act together. For example, our downstairs devices are grouped, so if we want NPR to play on all of them we simply say,
Alexa, play NPR downstairs
The audio plays perfectly in sync across devices and provides a seamless surround sound effect. Each device can still be used individually but grouping allows the option for multi-room sound. It is especially helpful if you spend a lot of time walking your baby around your house in a carrier.
Set up groups from the Alexa App: