In my books Amazon’s Alexa is the best and most practical AI Assistant in the market today and it is also the best for a smart home. One of the biggest gripes that I hear from people about moving to Alexa is that they have a lot of speakers lying with them and adding another will add to the clutter. Amazon has the answer for that in the form of the Echo Input.
Think of the Echo Input as the Echo Dot without the speaker. It has Alexa and the far field microphones with it. You just have to fire up the Alexa app on your phone and set it up. You have the option of connecting you existing speaker or soundbar through AUX connection physically or via bluetooth. Your speaker is now set with Alexa. Here are the details
If your speaker has an AUX input, plug your cable into Echo Input and then your speaker. For best results, choose a speaker that’s compatible with Echo Input.
If you have a Bluetooth speaker, pair your speaker after setup to hear Alexa responses. For more information, go to Connect Your Echo Device to Bluetooth Speakers.
To set up the device in the Alexa app:
- Select Devices .
- Select the plus icon .
- Follow the instructions to set up the device.
Tip: When prompted, enable notifications in the Alexa app and on your mobile device. Then Echo Input can let you know if its connected speaker is unresponsive.
After you set up the device, you can adjust the volume by voice or on your external speaker.
After this, your dumb speaker or sound bar is now a smart speaker with the Alexa Assistant. You get all the features and skills that an echo device has and you get to rejig your existing speaker. You can do a variety of things with your own speaker now. Here are a few
Set New Year Resolutions
The first thing that most of us do at the onset of a new year is set resolutions; be it hitting the gym for a healthier lifestyle or investing in SIP or planning for that solo-trip or spending more time with family! The key to be able to stick to your resolutions and achieve your goals is to pick specific, realistically achievable and measurable goals. Alexa is here to help you with that, just say “Alexa, Give me a new year resolution” or “Alexa, ask resolution buddy to suggest resolutions”. You can also ask Resolution buddy to save your resolutions and read out whenever you need them. While you are gearing up to make New Year resolutions, even Alexa has got her list ready. Just ask and find out.
Kick-start your Day with some Inspiration
Sometimes you just need some inspirational words to help you get through a tough day. All you have to do is say “Alexa, What’s the quote of the day?”, or “Alexa, I want motivation”, or “Alexa, I’m feeling low” or “Alexa, Inspire me”. Alexa will play audio clips or recite motivational advice from famous people. Right from Buddha to Mahatma Gandhi to Oprah Winfrey to Michael Jordan to Charles Bukowski, there’s a ‘word of wisdom’ for everyone.
Keep fit in 2019
An effective daily workout routine is a must for a healthy body and mind. You can look up to Alexa for being your fitness and wellness coach. Like a personal trainer, she will guide you through quick, doable workouts that you can squeeze into your busy schedule. Just say “Alexa, give me a workout” or “Alexa, I want to lose weight” or “Alexa, I want to meditate” and she will be at your service to help you achieve a healthier lifestyle and improve your stamina and productivity.
Check your Daily Horoscope
If you’re an astrology enthusiast and like to start your day with knowing what do the stars have in store for you, Alexa can read out the horoscope for your zodiac sign. Just ask “Alexa, what is my horoscope for today” or “Alexa, what is today’s horoscope for Pisces” and instantly know how your day will unfold.
Learn Something New
Alexa is here to help you get to know most interesting facts that can ignite your natural curiosity and keep your brain sharp. Alexa will surprise you with interesting facts from history and science to animals and Bollywood. Just say, “Alexa, I want to learn something new” or “Alexa, tell me an interesting fact” or “Alexa, give me a science fact” and continue to challenge yourself to keep learning in 2019.
This new Echo support device is priced at INR 2999 and goes live for sale on Amazon from 19th January 2019.