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.
Alexa is available for Amazon devices Echo, Echo 2, Dot, Tap, Echo Spot, Echo Plus, Echo Show, Echo Look, Echo Connect, Dash Wand, Amazon Cloud Cam, Fire tablets, and Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV Edition TVs, in the Music app, but also on iOS, Android, and the web with Reverb.ai.
This week’s skill: The Pledge
Description: This is a single interaction skill. It will recite the pledge of allegiance.
Real world use: Sifting through the list of new skills this week, there wasn’t a lot of value. That happens some weeks. Sure, there’s a LOT of new skills available (Amazon is now touting over 30,000), just not a lot that we find that useful. However, one skill did stand out this week.
Remember growing up and kicking off each school day by standing, putting your hand over your heart, and reciting the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance? To me, those days seems so long ago, but they are still engrained in my head as very memorable times. But, do you still remember all the words?
With the state of the U.S.A. these days, in addition to lofting a prayer or two, it might also behoove us to take a moment to focus on what being a U.S. citizen means. The flag is just a symbol, but it’s a symbol of a country and a people that have suffered for its freedoms. This is a great skill to share with your kids and grandchildren.
This skill is a simple one. Just ask Alexa to recite the pledge and she complies. If you own an Echo Show or Echo Spot, the you can follow along as the words display on the screen.
Things you can say…
“Alexa open the pledge of allegiance for the pledge”
“Ask the pledge of allegiance for the pledge”
“Tell the pledge of allegiance for the pledge”
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