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: Stopwatch
Description: Stopwatch differs from Alexa’s default timer which rings after a definable period of time (for example, five minutes) or Alexa’s default alarm which rings at a certain time (for example, 8 o’clock).
Real world use: It’s interesting to me that Alexa doesn’t have stopwatch capability by default, but that’s the case. Of course, stopwatches are generally meant to be used as a mobile device for tracking outside activities like track running, car or horse racing, etc., and with a display so the time to complete the activity is viewable.
This latest skill can be used to record and track completion time for anything, as long as you are within range of an Alexa device that has an Internet connection. This makes a portable Alexa device like the Tap, or one with an add-on battery (see: VAUX Speaker or Fremo Evo Battery Base) if you want to take advantage of this capability.
This skill allows you to start, stop/pause, continue, restart (set to zero), and delete. And, after 24 hours the current Stopwatch session will be reset automatically.
Things you can say…
“Alexa, start stopwatch”
“Alexa, stop stopwatch”
“Alexa, restart stopwatch”
“Alexa, delete stopwatch”
“Alexa, continue stopwatch”
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