Alexa leaves me wanting more … is Google Home going to be the answer?

We’ve had an Alexa in our kitchen since close to when the device launched and it’s certainly been a fun and interesting product.  It’s limits however are quite clear even with as many additional skills as have been announced and delivered since it was first shipped.  Amazon doesn’t really have any of my personal or our household information loaded so it’s not a very helpful agent in managing things and the shopping list is a bit of a chore to use once loaded if you aren’t actually buying on Amazon. The more I’ve thought about it the more excited I … Continue reading Alexa leaves me wanting more … is Google Home going to be the answer?

No context notifications need to die. 

Do you see it?  It’s the one from Wink, my smart home hub.  Notifications like these fire off because I’ve set things to alert me – in  this case to be able to close the garage door remotely if it’s been open too long.  For presumably safeyly concerns, Chamberlain doesn’t allow the door to automatically be set to close so instead I get an alert and can manually change things.  This notification however is missing two key features that would make it considerably more useful and frankly it just seems like lazy design to skip them. We’ve had options added … Continue reading No context notifications need to die. 

Amazon Notifications for Alexa

Amazon’s Alexa will soon be able to pipe up proactively with alerts from gadgets and apps, much like a smartphone does today. It’s Amazon’s first step toward making Alexa more of a general purpose platform for developers like iOS or Android, but the company will have to tread carefully to ensure that alerts on the voice-based platform don’t become intrusive. Source: The Information I really like our Alexa though I feel like it’s potential has barely been reached. While I don’t have much connected from our lives on the Amazon cloud this is a very interesting … it might make … Continue reading Amazon Notifications for Alexa