Gone are the days of compulsory bee-beeps. Radio station, song, or suitably surprising noise — your Alexa device can play whatever you tell it to.
Say: “Alexa, wake me up to [song name] by [artist] at [time]”.
To further automate your morning routine, go to the Alexa app and set up, well, an Alexa Routine. Using smart home actions could see your device turning the lights on, boiling the kettle, or playing the radio. Delay steps with the Wait action.
Check news and weather
Get ahead of what’s happening in the world — locally, nationally, and internationally — with your Flash Briefing. Customise in the Alexa app to include, for example, BBC Minute, The Telegraph, and even the latest updates from Princeton Tigers.
If the dried instant granules just aren’t cutting it, try out the Workshop Coffee skill (proudly built in collaboration with Vixen Labs ;-) — more on that here). Brewing guides take you through how to use an Aeropress, V60, Moccamaster, French Press or Clever Dripper.
Or if you’re in a rush? Skip the drip and use Starbucks Reorder (coffee quality may vary...).
Keep the kids occupied
The multi-award-winning BBC Kids skill from our pals at the BBC Voice + AI team has stories, games, and songs from your little one’s favourite CBeebies shows — as well as special guests. Perfect to keep them entertained while you sort out the packed lunches.
If tension is brewing over whose turn it is to unload the dishwasher or feed the cat, ask Alexa (of course).
Whose turn is it? is a deceptively clever skill which can either make the decision for you or walk listeners through a process.
Every day’s a school day
I mean… thank goodness it’s not. We all need weekends, but regardless of the day, we can all learn about something different.
Learn Something Radio is an intelligent podcast curator, whereas Curiosity appears to have its own library of information. Alternatively, add Word of the Day to your Flash Briefing to quickly expand your vocab.
TED Talks is a good one to have on in the background while eating breakfast.
Encourage kids to brush for the full recommended 2 minutes with Chompers. The Amazon Alexa skill gamifies dental hygiene by counting brushes to build up streaks while telling stories and jokes.
Grab your stuff
In the final rush out of the door, it can be easy to forget whatever combination of PE kit, musical instruments, and books are required on, say, every alternate Wednesday. Alexa does allow users to make lists and set reminders, but School Kit is a nifty skill which helps keep track of necessary accoutrements a little more effectively.
If you want happenings visually accessible too (say, a Sports Day), promptly add something to your calendar with Quick Events.
As we wrote in our post about creating the skill with Workshop Coffee, voice-enabling everyday tasks is a hugely valuable way to make use of the nearly-1 in 4 homes in the UK with a smart speaker.
If you’re looking to position your brand as useful, enjoyable, and trustable, creating a practical aid to people’s daily routines is possibly the most efficient way to do so.