Gentle Christian Mothers Community
 
Random Quotes from Wise Mamas

~* Please help keep GCM free by using our
Amazon.com affiliate link. Thank you! *~


Go Back   Gentle Christian Mothers Community > Blessing our Family > Joyous Homekeeping *Public* > Technical Corner (Electronics, Computers, Websites (like Facebook), Etc.) *Public*
Forgot Password? Join Us!

Notices

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-09-2020, 12:56 PM   #1
WanderingJuniper
Rose Garden
 
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 10,796
WanderingJuniper has disabled reputation
Default Alexa/ echo dot talk to me Iím clueless

In light of forced virtual schooling and my oldest most responsible child going off to college we need some more tools. I have some birthday money left and I am thinking of spending it on an echo dot.

How do you use yours?
What can it do?

Can I remind my 15 and 16 yo about classes, responsibilities family events using it without having to send them a text myself in real time?

I am kind of wanting to be able to say ďRemind C that he had bio at 10am.Ē Before I leave for work at 6am and have it shout at my kid about it at 10am.

Talk to me. I know nothing.
__________________
Mom to 3 teens.
Wife to 1.

Waking daily to walk humbly and trust.
WanderingJuniper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2020, 01:19 PM   #2
Llee
Rose Garden
 
Dancing stands with all seahorses who are journeying to freedom
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 18,944
Llee has a reputation beyond reputeLlee has a reputation beyond reputeLlee has a reputation beyond reputeLlee has a reputation beyond reputeLlee has a reputation beyond reputeLlee has a reputation beyond reputeLlee has a reputation beyond reputeLlee has a reputation beyond reputeLlee has a reputation beyond reputeLlee has a reputation beyond reputeLlee has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Alexa/ echo dot talk to me Iím clueless

We love ours.

We can use it for reminders, alarms, playing music, looking up random facts. I know my husband has ours set up for an intercom system, but I always forget to do that.

Full disclosure--we're a tech-heavy household. We have ?10? Alexas and Google minis throughout the house. The girls don't have any in their rooms; during the days they bring a speaker or mini into their rooms.
__________________
It's me, dh, Dressy Bessy (Sept 08) and Dancing Daisy (May 10)


Lead the children to see in every pleasant and beautiful thing an expression of God's love for them. Recommend your religion to them by its pleasantness.
Let the law of kindness be in your lips.
~Ellen G. White

Llee is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Llee For This Useful Post:
SewingGreenMama (08-20-2020), WanderingJuniper (08-09-2020)
Old 08-09-2020, 02:19 PM   #3
WanderingJuniper
Rose Garden
 
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 10,796
WanderingJuniper has disabled reputation
Default Re: Alexa/ echo dot talk to me Iím clueless

So if my kids were playing video games in their room we would need more than one in the dining room for it to be effective? They link together? We have a small house. The first floor is pretty open so I was thinking one on a shelf in the dining room would work for the first floor.
__________________
Mom to 3 teens.
Wife to 1.

Waking daily to walk humbly and trust.
WanderingJuniper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2020, 02:53 PM   #4
Llee
Rose Garden
 
Dancing stands with all seahorses who are journeying to freedom
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 18,944
Llee has a reputation beyond reputeLlee has a reputation beyond reputeLlee has a reputation beyond reputeLlee has a reputation beyond reputeLlee has a reputation beyond reputeLlee has a reputation beyond reputeLlee has a reputation beyond reputeLlee has a reputation beyond reputeLlee has a reputation beyond reputeLlee has a reputation beyond reputeLlee has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Alexa/ echo dot talk to me Iím clueless

We made sure there was a device for each area. So two in living room, 1 in the kitchen (plus the 2 that they use for their rooms), one in the family room, one in the office, plus ?3? others we have.
__________________
It's me, dh, Dressy Bessy (Sept 08) and Dancing Daisy (May 10)


Lead the children to see in every pleasant and beautiful thing an expression of God's love for them. Recommend your religion to them by its pleasantness.
Let the law of kindness be in your lips.
~Ellen G. White

Llee is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Llee For This Useful Post:
WanderingJuniper (08-10-2020)
Old 08-09-2020, 05:16 PM   #5
The Tickle Momster
Rose Garden
 
previously mlrowley
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: NW WA
Posts: 16,875
The Tickle Momster has a reputation beyond reputeThe Tickle Momster has a reputation beyond reputeThe Tickle Momster has a reputation beyond reputeThe Tickle Momster has a reputation beyond reputeThe Tickle Momster has a reputation beyond reputeThe Tickle Momster has a reputation beyond reputeThe Tickle Momster has a reputation beyond reputeThe Tickle Momster has a reputation beyond reputeThe Tickle Momster has a reputation beyond reputeThe Tickle Momster has a reputation beyond reputeThe Tickle Momster has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Alexa/ echo dot talk to me Iím clueless

We use ours for reminders, alarms, timers, listening to music and asking random questions.

I used to be able to make an announcement using the app on my phone. Something changed and I was unable to last time. I love that feature! I pull it up and record my voice telling the kids to do something. It announces thru echo (or all of them, we only have 1).
__________________
Michelle

wife to Tom ('95)
Momma to DD 18
DS 17
DD 15
'07
DS 12
Save
Save
The Tickle Momster is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to The Tickle Momster For This Useful Post:
WanderingJuniper (08-10-2020)
Old 08-09-2020, 11:53 PM   #6
Soliloquy
Administrator
 
Why climb a mountain? Because it's there!
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Selkirk Mountains
Posts: 49,881
Soliloquy has a reputation beyond reputeSoliloquy has a reputation beyond reputeSoliloquy has a reputation beyond reputeSoliloquy has a reputation beyond reputeSoliloquy has a reputation beyond reputeSoliloquy has a reputation beyond reputeSoliloquy has a reputation beyond reputeSoliloquy has a reputation beyond reputeSoliloquy has a reputation beyond reputeSoliloquy has a reputation beyond reputeSoliloquy has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Alexa/ echo dot talk to me Iím clueless

I simply love Alexa. It's almost like having a personal assistant. I have an older Echo Tap, though. I really like that mine has a battery so I can pick it up and take it outside with me. My oldest has an echo dot in her room. Because my Tap is older, it cannot communicate with her Dot. I don't think you'll have that problem.

We also have Google Home Minis. I like Alexa better.

And yes, I can say to mine,

"remind me tomorrow at 10 to plug in the crock pot" or whatever. And it will.

Or

"Remind me every day at 3 pm to feed the dogs."

The reminder is announced and it also goes to my phone.
__________________
Lisa, 47. Married to the love of my life for 24 years!
Moderator in Theological & Doctrinal Issues, Drawing Closer, Bible Study, & Educating Our Children
Mom to 5 wonderful kids, ages 4-16. 2 dogs, 4 cats, and some chickens.
My Instagram
Personal Training and Wellness Coaching.
Soliloquy is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Soliloquy For This Useful Post:
Llee (08-10-2020)
Old 08-10-2020, 03:46 AM   #7
WanderingJuniper
Rose Garden
 
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 10,796
WanderingJuniper has disabled reputation
Default Re: Alexa/ echo dot talk to me Iím clueless

It goes to your phone too? That is super helpful. We all have iPhones does it go to a special calendar or will it add to the Icalendar? I really like the option for duplicating the reminders.
__________________
Mom to 3 teens.
Wife to 1.

Waking daily to walk humbly and trust.
WanderingJuniper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2020, 06:11 AM   #8
Beatrice
Seedling Rose
 
 
Join Date: Jul 2020
Location: USA
Posts: 30
Beatrice is a jewel in the roughBeatrice is a jewel in the roughBeatrice is a jewel in the roughBeatrice is a jewel in the rough
Default Re: Alexa/ echo dot talk to me Iím clueless

I use my as a reminded and alarm. That works really nice, I like it. It's a god idea because it's loud and comfortable. But I have a bit habit to switch off a reminder and not to do what I needed. If your kids are as lazy as I am than there is no sense to buy it.
Beatrice is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2020, 09:54 AM   #9
Soliloquy
Administrator
 
Why climb a mountain? Because it's there!
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Selkirk Mountains
Posts: 49,881
Soliloquy has a reputation beyond reputeSoliloquy has a reputation beyond reputeSoliloquy has a reputation beyond reputeSoliloquy has a reputation beyond reputeSoliloquy has a reputation beyond reputeSoliloquy has a reputation beyond reputeSoliloquy has a reputation beyond reputeSoliloquy has a reputation beyond reputeSoliloquy has a reputation beyond reputeSoliloquy has a reputation beyond reputeSoliloquy has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Alexa/ echo dot talk to me Iím clueless

Reminders are push notifications from the Alexa app. I have an Android so I don't know about how well it syncs with an iphone.

The lists are amazing.

Alexa, add almond milk to the Costco list.

Alexa, add lettuce and bananas to the shopping list.

Alexa, what's 43.2 times 7?

Alexa, is it going to rain tonight?

I'm hoping to upgrade mine during cyber week. The newer ones can do more.
__________________
Lisa, 47. Married to the love of my life for 24 years!
Moderator in Theological & Doctrinal Issues, Drawing Closer, Bible Study, & Educating Our Children
Mom to 5 wonderful kids, ages 4-16. 2 dogs, 4 cats, and some chickens.
My Instagram
Personal Training and Wellness Coaching.
Soliloquy is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Soliloquy For This Useful Post:
WanderingJuniper (08-15-2020)
Old 08-15-2020, 07:21 AM   #10
WanderingJuniper
Rose Garden
 
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 10,796
WanderingJuniper has disabled reputation
Default Re: Alexa/ echo dot talk to me Iím clueless

So a coworker saw my post on FB about echo dot reviews and she just brought one in for me yesterday. Her dad gave it to her becasue he won it in a work contest and he won't use it and she already had one. Her appartment is small so she didn't need two. Result? We get to try this experiment for free! I seriously have great coworkers.

Anyway, I got it set up today and am going to be trying it out over the next week.
Today the lists has already proved helpful in my menu planning and shopping.

I like the idea of the drop in feature but havent had a chance to set it up yet since my kids aren't awake.
__________________
Mom to 3 teens.
Wife to 1.

Waking daily to walk humbly and trust.
WanderingJuniper is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following 4 Users Say Thank You to WanderingJuniper For This Useful Post:
knitlove (08-15-2020), Llee (08-15-2020), MegMarch (08-15-2020), Soliloquy (08-16-2020)
Old 08-15-2020, 03:44 PM   #11
ThreeKids
Rose Garden
 
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: ..
Posts: 10,656
ThreeKids has a reputation beyond reputeThreeKids has a reputation beyond reputeThreeKids has a reputation beyond reputeThreeKids has a reputation beyond reputeThreeKids has a reputation beyond reputeThreeKids has a reputation beyond reputeThreeKids has a reputation beyond reputeThreeKids has a reputation beyond reputeThreeKids has a reputation beyond reputeThreeKids has a reputation beyond reputeThreeKids has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Alexa/ echo dot talk to me Iím clueless

[QUOTE=WanderingJuniper;6227701]So a coworker saw my post on FB about echo dot reviews and she just brought one in for me yesterday. Her dad gave it to her becasue he won it in a work contest and he won't use it and she already had one. Her appartment is small so she didn't need two. Result? We get to try this experiment for free! I seriously have great coworkers. /QUOTE]

A warning about this particular use case: an echo dot bought by one household gets logged onto that household's Amazon account and can never can be fully logged out. My mom used to hear random conversation from my sister's house on hers. My sister bought us an Amazon Show more recently and it hasn't done that.

Ya'll's other uses seem great. They have disappointed us hugely when relied on for a senior to call for help.
__________________
DS (12), DD (10), DD2 (7)

And my kids were going to behave perfectly all the time and if they didn't, they'd be Dobsoned, but I was going to Dobson so perfectly that they'd know not to slip up but once or twice because I was going to be sooooooo consistent and awesome and wise.
ThreeKids is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to ThreeKids For This Useful Post:
WanderingJuniper (08-15-2020)
Old 08-16-2020, 07:53 AM   #12
WanderingJuniper
Rose Garden
 
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 10,796
WanderingJuniper has disabled reputation
Default Re: Alexa/ echo dot talk to me Iím clueless

That's good to know! In this particular instance the box had not even been opened.

If it has never been opened I assume that means it is not connected to anyone else since it was never set up.
__________________
Mom to 3 teens.
Wife to 1.

Waking daily to walk humbly and trust.
WanderingJuniper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-2020, 08:26 AM   #13
Aerynne
Rose Garden
 
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 25,320
Aerynne has a reputation beyond reputeAerynne has a reputation beyond reputeAerynne has a reputation beyond reputeAerynne has a reputation beyond reputeAerynne has a reputation beyond reputeAerynne has a reputation beyond reputeAerynne has a reputation beyond reputeAerynne has a reputation beyond reputeAerynne has a reputation beyond reputeAerynne has a reputation beyond reputeAerynne has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Alexa/ echo dot talk to me Iím clueless

My husband is in print security and he says he would never get one. Theoretically everything you say is hackable. Those things listen even when you donít say their name.
__________________
Erin

born of water and of the Spirit 4/96
married 5/02
Mama to: 10-2002. 5-2003 4-2019
2004
2007
2010
2012
July 2017
Dec 2019
Aerynne is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-2020, 12:37 PM   #14
WanderingJuniper
Rose Garden
 
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 10,796
WanderingJuniper has disabled reputation
Default Re: Alexa/ echo dot talk to me Iím clueless

I just assume my phone which is on me all the time is also listening to everything.

The reality is that we are a household with a parent who is still recovering from a TBI, two teens who skirt the ADHD diagnosis line as well as depression and anxiety. That combo requires some extra supports. The systems we had in place prior to my last concussion and the covid shut down of schools was no longer working. Add in virtual learning in the morning and having to catch a bus to an in person school in the afternoon with two parents who work full time during those same hours and well if people want to collect the data and stalk our dinner table conversations as a result of us being able to Navigate a super weird season of life so be it.
__________________
Mom to 3 teens.
Wife to 1.

Waking daily to walk humbly and trust.
WanderingJuniper is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to WanderingJuniper For This Useful Post:
Llee (08-16-2020)
Old 08-16-2020, 12:48 PM   #15
ThreeKids
Rose Garden
 
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: ..
Posts: 10,656
ThreeKids has a reputation beyond reputeThreeKids has a reputation beyond reputeThreeKids has a reputation beyond reputeThreeKids has a reputation beyond reputeThreeKids has a reputation beyond reputeThreeKids has a reputation beyond reputeThreeKids has a reputation beyond reputeThreeKids has a reputation beyond reputeThreeKids has a reputation beyond reputeThreeKids has a reputation beyond reputeThreeKids has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Alexa/ echo dot talk to me Iím clueless

Quote:
Originally Posted by WanderingJuniper View Post
That's good to know! In this particular instance the box had not even been opened.

If it has never been opened I assume that means it is not connected to anyone else since it was never set up.
Amazon does send them logged on to the buyer's account. I hope that has changed or changes soon because it has caused more problems than just being impossible to log fully out. People have handed devices to their children who then run up charges, not knowing it was logged in.
__________________
DS (12), DD (10), DD2 (7)

And my kids were going to behave perfectly all the time and if they didn't, they'd be Dobsoned, but I was going to Dobson so perfectly that they'd know not to slip up but once or twice because I was going to be sooooooo consistent and awesome and wise.
ThreeKids is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to ThreeKids For This Useful Post:
WanderingJuniper (08-16-2020)
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 10:34 AM.


A variety of opinions and ideas are shared on GCM. Personal experiences, suggestions, and tips found here are in no way intended to substitute for medical counsel from a healthcare professional. Always use your own good judgement and seek professional advice when in doubt about a health concern.

Amazon.com affiliate link

Copyright 1997-2017 by Gentle Christian Mothers™
An alternative-minded, evangelical Christian community supporting attachment parenting and natural living.

Do not post content elsewhere.
http://www.gentlechristianmothers.com/community/

Some smilies created and copyrighted by Mazeguy.
Some smilies and avatars created and copyrighted by flowermama and children -- do not use elsewhere.

Soli Deo Gloria
To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen. ~ Romans 16:27 (KJV)

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.3
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.