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You can now tell Amazon’s Alexa to make your home smell better

2017-06-20 - By 

Amazon Alexa can already turn off your lights and close your garage. Now it can also make your house smell like a Hawaiian vacation.

Prolitec, which calls itself a “scenting services company,” announced Monday that its Aera fragrance systems can now be voice controlled through the Amazon Echo smart speaker and other Alexa-compatible devices.

The Aera systems offer eight different fragrances, which range from pink grapefruit to basmati rice. The fragrance capsules can operate 24 hours a day and run for a full 60 days.

You can tell Alexa to turn Aera on, have Alexa raise or lower scent levels, or ask what the current scent levels are. If you already own an Aera, you can get it to work with Alexa by enabling the Aera skill in your Amazon Alexa app.

Aera is only the latest attempt to offer smart scents. In the 1950’s Hans Laube invented a “Smell-O-Vision” system for automated odor releases during movies. (Because who wouldn’t want to smell King Kong as he swings through New York?) And for the last 20 years, various companies have experimented with digitized scents that could be embedded in email or web pages.

Original article here.



2016-12-31 - By 

Amazon’s Alexa is one of the most popular V.A. and connected home hubs out there.

Amazon Echo and Dot, the main Alexa-enabled devices, are so popular, that they are almost impossible to get online. Even Amazon’s spokesperson recommends that if you happen to see one for sale – grab it right away.

There’s no doubt that the secret to Amazon’s device’s success is in its connected-home system, Alexa.

From being the center hub to your Mark Zuckerberg’s-like smart home to simply giving you the right answers when you need them Alexa is one of the best connected-home assistants in the market.

To get the most out of your Alexa device, you can either enable 3rd party skills from the Amazon Alexa store (like News Feed, for example), but you can also use its built in skills that come natively with the device.

But wait, there’s more.

In addition to the popular uses and familiar skills, there are a bunch of hidden invocations and not-so-well-known questions you can ask it – and get great answers on.

We’ve collected 124 Amazon Alexa must-know voice commands that you might not know of.

Some will make you more productive.
Some will make you laugh.
Some will get you playing with your Echo all day long.
In any case, you’ve got a long day ahead of you.

So go ahead and dive into the 124 Alexa commands.

Original article here.

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