Top 10 Best Alexa Skills

 

Amazon Alexa Skills

With 10,00 skills and counting , Amazon Alexa is the ever improving ultimate personal assistant. From daily news feeds to self improvement tips, Alexa skills, combine IoT and AI technology and endeavour to cover everyday life bringing a flavour of the future things to come in home automation.

Expectations call for an exponential growth of Alexa skills available on the market in the nearest future, making competitor’s job of the likes of Google, harder. In fact, Amazon announced in March a new programme with purposes of encouraging developers to work on new Alexa skills that will ultimately add value to Alexa experience.

According to Amazon, the programme will give developers with a published Alexa Skill, the opportunity to build and host Alexa skills using AWS platform by receiving $100 of free credit. Plus $100 of monthly credit if AWS charges are incurred in relation to the published skill.  This is on top of the already existing AWS no charge tier which offers up to 750 hours of Amazon EC2 compute power and and AWS Lambda requests.

Clearly, Alexa Skills are destined to grow in number. But what are the Top 10 Alexa Skills that impressed the most so far? Let’s find find out…

MASTERMIND

Mastermind Alexa SkillMastermind connects your smartphone, personal computer, and television to Alexa’s voice-enabled services. It provides a number of features, from SMS Messaging, Phone calls , phone location to reading articles out loud and hands-free navigation. Due to high demand and closed beta the is a waiting list for having it enabled. If you are impatient there is the pay option of $15 to get straight access. Either way is worth it…

My Chef

My Chef Alexa Skill

My Chef features inventory management, shopping list creating/sharing, and recipe searching. You can activate My Chef by saying “Alexa, open my chef”. Then you can interact with the skill by saying things such as “What’s expiring?” “How old is the chicken breast?” “Send the shopping list to …” etc. This could really solve the problem of needless kitchen waste..

Uber

Uber Alexa Skill

With Uber Skill you can request a ride in minutes. Simply say “Alexa ask Uber for a ride”. There is an option to choose a different car type, you can say things like “Alexa, ask Uber to order an Uber Black”. You can also change your default pickup location, ask for a ride status, or cancel your ride. Switch between your Amazon Household profiles to request a ride from different Uber accounts. On last thing, get ridin’…

Capital One

Capital One Alexa Skill

Capital One will help you manage your credit card, checking, savings, auto and home loan accounts. Available new features to try out are: “How much did I spend?” to get quick answers on how much and where you are spending. Once you’ve enabled the skill, say “Alexa ask Capital One…”“What’s my current credit card balance?” “What are my recent transactions?” “When is my next mortgage payment due?”. Quick and easy way to be on top of your finances for sure…

Guitar Tuner

Guitar Tunner Alexa Skill

Tune your guitar by listening to one or all of the notes on a 6 string guitar with Guitar Tuner. You can ask guitar tuner to play an individual note to tune a specific string “Alexa, ask guitar tuner to to tune note A” or “Alexa, ask guitar tuner to tune all”. You can also ask to  play all to hear a sample of all the strings on a guitar in standard tuning. When tuning all, guitar tuner starts with the low E, repeating the note a few times before moving onto the next string. Let’s hear some sweet, sweet music…

Fitbit

Fitbit Alexa Skill

Fitbit helps you Keep up with your fitness goals by checking with Alexa. Monitor your progress and get motivated as you get on with your day by checking in on your daily Fitbit progress “Alexa, ask Fitbit how I’m doing today”. You can also ask Alexa if you hit your sleep goal “Alexa, ask Fitbit how I slept last night”“… how I did yesterday”, or just get a quick update on the stats you care about the most. Switch between your Amazon Household profiles to access data from multiple Fitbit accounts.

Blue Link

Blue Link Alexa Skill

The Hyundai Blue Link Skill allows Hyundai vehicle owners the ability to Remote Start, set the desired interior cabin temperature, Remote Lock/Unlock, Remote Start Charge/Stop Charge, Remote Horn & Lights and more using Alexa. You can ask “Alexa, tell Blue Link to start my Sonata and set the temperature to 72 degrees” or “Alexa, tell Blue Link to lock my Sonata”. This a true skill of the future…

Dr. AI

Dr. AI Alexa Skill

Dr. AI is a personal Artificial & Emotional intelligence-powered “physician”. Dr. AI engages with you in an empathetic conversation about your symptoms and overall health. Powered allegedly by the most advanced Artificial Intelligence, Emotional Intelligence, and Deep Learning techniques, it  immediately translates your symptoms into possible medical explanations that are personalised to your age, gender, possible conditions, medications, and other relevant aspects of your health and well being. Dr. AI then gives you appropriate doctor-recommended insights as well as the best possible courses of action you can take on the road to feeling good. After sharing your symptoms, if you wish, you can even talk with a real doctor. Dr. AI is the whole package…

What To Expect

What to Expect Alexa SkillWhat To Expect  guides you through pregnancy day-by-day and week-by-week. Just ask Alexa What To Expect every day or “Alexa, ask What to Expect for my daily tip” and you’ll get exciting updates about your pregnancy or newborn, plus all-new, useful tips to feel prepared and in control – helping you achieve a happy, healthy pregnancy and  the first year after your baby’s birth.  In other words every future mum’s best friend…

SmartThings

SmartThings Alexa Skill

With the SmartThings skill for Alexa, you can now control a wide range of connected lights, switches, dimmers, outlets, thermostats, and door locks with your voice. You can control smart devices from companies such as Philips Hue, LIFX, OSRAM Lightify, Cree, GE, and Leviton by asking “Alexa, turn on the Bedroom light” or connected door locks from Yale, Schlage, and Kwikset by asking “Alexa, lock the Front Door”. This is the skills that brings all your SmartThings together…