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Alexa Skill of the Week: Voice Vault

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, Dot, Tap, Fire tablets, and Fire TV, but also on iOS, Android, and the web with Reverb.ai.

This week’s skill: Voice Vault

Description: Voice Vault will store up to 10 phrases for you. Each phrase is protected by a pass phrase that must be said for Voice Vault to recall the protected phrase.

Real world use: It was actually pretty tough determining the best skill of the week for the first time in a long time. Either Amazon has upped its game in properly vetting good skills, it has introduced enough more robust APIs into the skills kit to spur innovation, or quality developers are finally getting on board.

This particular skill is extremely useful in that you can have Alexa store 10 things for you and then protect them with pass phrases. For example, say you have a crazy-strong computer password for a device you don’t use a lot – so when you do need to use it you forget the password every time. This sends you scrambling through online password storage services and electronic and offline notes. With the Voice Vault skill, you just need to have Alexa store it for you and just remember the pass phrase. Of course, you also have to…uh…remember the pass phrase, but that might be easier than remembering a complex set of letter and numbers.

Examples of things you can say…

“Alexa ask Voice Vault to add the alarm code is 6, 1, 8, 5.”

“Alexa ask Voice Vault to recall entry protected by pass phrase blue suede s…”

Where to get it: You can locate the Voice Vault Skill in the Amazon Alexa app, enable it using your voice, or use the following web link: Voice Vault

 


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