For Kate Gooden, Alexa’s Senior Product Manager and mum of three, it’s all about staying organised. And Pokémon, natch.
Morning must-have: what's on for today?
“I’ll check the weather so I can sort out everybody’s clothes for the day. At about 7am, reminders start going off. If one of the kids has news, Alexa will say, ‘This is a reminder. Toby’s got news today.’ After hearing the reminder, everybody goes into the kitchen to hear his news.
"Alexa, what's the weather?"
"Alexa, what are my reminders?”
"Alexa, set a reminder"
Favourite features: non-stop music, whatever your taste!
“Apart from parenting management, it’s by far and away music. My husband has very weird, retro taste, so you can always see that come up on our Spotify algorithm. He wrecks it completely!”
“Alexa, play music on Spotify"
“Alexa, play 80s music”
“Alexa, play rock music”
The essentials: mega multi-tasker
“In the evening, it’s all about cooking. I’ve got an Echo Show next to the stove top, so I’ll set up a bunch of timers and I can see where they’re all at. I can also watch the news if it hits six o’clock and I’m still able to continue cooking.”
"Alexa, set a timer for 10 minutes"
"Alexa, play news from ABC News”
“Alexa, give me a pasta recipe”
The game-changer: DIY countdown
“There’s a great Skill Blueprint called How Many Days. You set it up, put the date in and you can choose different noises and what Alexa says back. So the kids are like, ‘How many days until Christmas? How many days until Christmas?’ and now I can say, ‘Alexa, how many days until Christmas?’”
“Alexa, tell me about Skill Blueprints”
“Alexa, when's the next public holiday?”
“Alexa, how many days until summer?”
Surprise & delight! Pokémon knowledge
“The other day, we were playing Pokémon and asked, ‘Alexa, what’s the rarest Pokémon?’ Alexa gave this really detailed answer. I was quite surprised because it was a very specific question. We kept asking these questions, like ‘Alexa, how many Pokémon are there?’ and Alexa kept answering. It’s quite cool how cluey Alexa is about Pokémon.
“Alexa, what's your favourite Pokémon?”
“Alexa, ask Pikachu to talk”
“Alexa, tell me a Pokémon joke"
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