Amazon added some capabilities to Alexa last month, introducing a variety of skills related to the Super Bowl and The ability to do home automation on its ownBut today the company is telling us about some of the new alarm and COVID skills that have crept under the radar.
I’ve been able to set custom alarms and alarm sounds with Alexa devices for a while now, but now you can Do it with Minion voicesIf you haven’t woken up angry enough. Sounds include classics like “Peep Peep Peep,” “Banana,” or “Boating Boing Boing!” lovable.
A variety of branded alarms are now available for Alexa, including voices from Disney, Spongebob, Jurassic World, and Harry Potter. It can be set by saying “Alexa, wake me up to Minions / Jurassic World / Spongebob / etc” alert tone. Some alert tones are free, some can be expanded with skilled purchases, and some cost money, starting at $ 1.99.
Notifications can be added by requesting your Alexa device for it, and you can also browse and add them in the Android version of the Alexa app. If you are using the iOS version of the app, then all you need to do is read the list and ask Smart Speaker to install it. Amazon appears He was able to strike a deal with Apple to run Prime Video RentalsAlexa Skills Pay, but not processing.
Turning to skills that may be a little more helpful, Alexa can now help you find the closest COVID test site, or help you find vaccine trials. Asking Alexa “Where can I take a COVID test” will have him read a list of nearby places you can get tested. You can then ask Alexa to contact a site if you want more information.
If you are looking for vaccine trials, you can also ask “Alexa Find a COVID Trial,” and it will search for any trial located within 30 miles of you, using research organization IQVIA to search for trials. Of course, this is information that you can find on the Internet yourself, but it may be a suitable option if you do not mind Amazon.