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: Notes
Description: The Notes skill lets you dictate a note to Alexa to be stored and read aloud at a later date. The note will then delete itself once it has been read aloud, giving you security and peace of mind that your messages won’t fall into the wrong hands.
Real world use: I remember during 1970’s TV and beyond it was common place to see on-screen detectives and company executives use a personal cassette recorder to store quick notes to themselves. I thought this was cool tech – and it was at the time. Later in life, I even bought my own personal cassette recorder to give it a whirl for my own needs. Sadly, I was never able to incorporate this as a habit – so the cassette recorder gathered dust. These days, note taking can be down by voice on a smartphone or, as most people do it, as text-based entry in apps like OneNote.
But, this latest Alexa skill also gives you the ability to “speak to the air” and allow Alexa to record, store, and manage your notes and also have Alexa read your notes back to you. It works well. To be ultimately useful though, it would be great to find a skill like this that integrates with existing note systems, particularly OneNote or Evernote (the two most popular).
Things you can say…
“Alexa, ask note writer to write a note”
“Alexa, ask note writer to read my notes”
“Alexa, ask note writer to take note”
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