Each week, we take a look at new and important Alexa skills you might want to consider enabling for your Alexa device. Amazon continues to improve Alexa with its own updates, but skills are software components that allow Alexa users to extend functionality across all Alexa-enabled devices in use for very specific functions.
This week’s skill: wikiHow
Description: Easily learn how to do anything from wikiHow, the world’s leading how-to guide. Step-by-step instructions on every imaginable topic. Become the DIY master of anything, instantly.
Real world use: This is a fantastic and valuable skill to use with Alexa and has to be one of my new favorites. By enabling this skill you get access to over 180,000 how-to topics. I’ve yet to come across something for everyday use that the skill doesn’t reply back with instructions. Additionally, the skill doesn’t just ramble off instructions, it does it in sequences and pauses waiting for your direction. For example, asking wikiHow How to Boil Water, it tells me to go get a pot with a lid, and then pauses and tells me to say “Next” after I’ve completed the first step. Definitely handy!
Examples of things you can say…
“Alexa ask wiki How How to Tie a Tie”
“Alexa ask wiki How How to Fry a Turkey”
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