Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Techno Weenie Tuesday - My House is Going Techno

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One of the things I love about my iPhone is the ability to say "set timer for",  "directions to" or "read new messages".  Then I saw on Amazon that the Echo Dot was on sale for $44.99, I decided to take the jump.  I had NO IDEA!

As soon as I got it, I downloaded the app and set it up.  The reviews for the app were not great but I decided to give it a try vs the computer set up.  Honestly, it isn't that intuitive BUT it really isn't that difficult.  Just cumbersome.  Since setting it up we have settled two arguments (which I won), set multiple timers AND set up a shopping list.  That was a cool part I wasn't aware of.  It does require adding additional apps to your phone but now when I say "Alexa, add ___ to my shopping list", it does it.  Now when I go to the store I just look at the app.  The other bonus is our dog can now listen to audiobooks when we are gone.  If you subscribe to Audible, Cesar Millan did a study where it shows that dogs do better with audio books than music.  Hopefully Sampson doesn't understand everything being said in my Nora Roberts books.  

I loved the Dot so much that when I saw the Echo on sale for $99, I decided to get that.  It has 360 degree sound with a built in subwoofer. While getting that I also decided to get some wi-fi smart plugs.  I did a little research and landed on the Rockbirds plugs.  Only $23 for two.  They arrived today and I am totally impressed.  Again, it takes a little bit getting everything set up but once you do it is so worth it.  The sound on the Echo is pretty amazing.  The lights can now be turned on with my app OR by saying "Alexa, turn on the den lights".  I feel like I live in the Jetsons' home.  One of my favorite childhood comics where I never imagined so many things would come to life.  Now if we could just have that machine that applies your makeup. 

Just like the Apple Watch, it wasn't anything that I thought that I needed until I had it.  Now I can't imagine life without this technology.  

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