6 Unusual Alexa Skills You Should Try on Your Amazon Echo – CNET



These extraordinary Alexa skills are worth a look.

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By now you have probably used yours Amazon Echo to play music. Connect to other smart home devices and to talk Alexa ask funny questions, But have you looked at all the skills Alexa has to offer?

Finally, you have more than 100,000 Alexa skills that you can activate, from useful skills to diagnose your diseases to informative skills that give you an insight into the history of the day.

In addition to the basic knowledge, you will find unusual but really helpful skills. Here are six of our most popular Alexa skills that are often overlooked.

Dr. AI

While Alexa cannot replace your doctor, she can give you Dr. AI ability can help diagnose a disease you may have. Dr. AI was trained by over 107,000 doctors with 141 specialties. Once activated, just say "Alexa, talk to Dr. AI" to get started.

Once you've described the symptoms, an attempt is made to find possible medical explanations that are tailored to your age, gender, medication, and more. After the diagnosis, the bot offers to connect you with an actual doctor.

Again, this is not a real doctor. If your condition persists, you should see your local healthcare provider.

Only the temperature

If you ask Alexa what the outside temperature is, you will expect exactly that. However, Alexa doesn't just stop at temperature and will continue with more information about the weather. With the Just the Temperature capability, Alexa only reads the temperature.

To use the ability, say, "Alexa, just ask the temperature which is the current temperature." Now you can get information about the current temperature without being informed about the weather for the rest of the day.

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Alexa's Make Me Smart ability tells you about the economy, pop culture, and more.

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Make me smart

If you want to stay up to date on current events, you can use a skill like Make Me Smart from the NPR show Marketplace. This skill is moderated by Kai Ryssdal and Molly Wood (formerly CNET!), Who report on the economy, pop culture, technology and current events. When you're ready to start, say "Alexa, make me smart" and you will get information on a specific topic and why it matters.

If you want to know something you want to know more about and you want Make Me Smart to explain it, you can submit it directly via the skill.

beer glasses

Beer Goggles is designed to help you decide when you have enough. When you turn on the Beer Glasses skill, say "Alexa, Open Beer Glasses" to get started.

Alexa will go through a series of humorous questions to decide when it's time to get away from the bar. Once you've answered all the questions, Alexa will assess your sobriety.

Keep in mind that this skill is for entertainment purposes only and should never be used to make the decision to drink more alcohol. Always use your best judgment and never drink or drive.

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Learn something new about history with the skill "This Day in History".

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That day in history

If you want to learn a bit of history every day, you will appreciate the "This Day in History" skill. This skill was created by the History Channel and shows you the most important events that have taken place in the past at any point in time you ask.

Just say "Alexa, start this day in history" to get started. If something is mentioned that you are particularly interested in, you can get more information by "Learn more about this event".

giant spoon

If you want to develop new ideas during a work meeting, the giant spoon skill will help you. First say "Alexa, please Giant Spoon for help brainstorming" and wait for Alexa to come up with an idea for you.

Giant Spoon is a marketing company, so its suggestions are a great way to start a meeting – especially if you run out of ideas.

Now that you have more Alexa skills that you can use daily, take a look at them 6 things you probably haven't tried with your Amazon Echo and How to customize Alexa for a better Amazon Echo experience,

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