IDG Contributor Network: Alexa revisited: Reflections on living with Amazon’s assistant

Last summer I wrote about my initial experience using Amazon Alexa. Alexa continues to be a hit, and was a major success story at CES 2017. We’ve been using it for a few months now and I’d like to revisit the conversation and discuss how we use Alexa.

Echo lives in our kitchen

After trying a few locations around the house, we’ve settled on the kitchen. Amazon Echo seems to be most useful there. The kitchen is where the family is together a good chunk of the day. We use it to get the news, play music and check the weather. I like to cook with my kids, and we use it to set timers and look up unit conversions. There are a few recipe skills out there, but I found them difficult to use.

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