The Amazon Echo, Amazon’s voice-controlled smart speaker, continues to get new features. Most recently, it added StubHub integration that will allow you to find what events are taking place in your area or other cities.
There are some other features you can add to the Amazon Echo, which is called Skills, which you might not be aware of. Here’s a look at how to add these skills to make your Echo’s digital assistant “Alexa” smarter.
Make Your Echo Smarter with Skills
Launch the Echo app (available on Android, iOS, and Kindle Fire devices) or the Echo web interface. Then in the left column click on Skills.
At the time of this writing, you’ll notice there are three cool features. StubHub which will tell you what events are going on in your area. Math Puzzles provides a series of numbers, and you have to guess what the next on in the sequence is. And Crystal Ball is a virtual Magic 8-ball toy that gives random answers to yes or no questions.
After enabling StubHub, you can ask “Alexa, ask StubHub What’s happening this weekend.” She will have you set up your home city first, and then let you know what’s happening. You can also ask what’s happening in other cities. Just say: “Alexa, launch StubHub.” and she will guide you through the process. For example, “Alexa, launch StubHub.” She will ask how she can help. Then say “what’s happening in Minneapolis this weekend.”
One thing to remember is you have to make Alexa launch the app or service before using it.
Keep an eye out for new features in the Skills section. As third-party developers add function to the Echo, you’ll find them here.
If you don’t have one, you can pick up the Amazon Echo for $179.99.
More on Using the Amazon Echo
Also, make sure to check out our article on how to make the Echo smarter out-of-the-box.
And we have even more! If you’re a new owner of the Echo, you might find some of the following articles of some interest in helping make Alexa smarter.
- Connect You Google Calendar to the Echo
- Set up Pandora with your Echo
- Amazon Echo Tip: Enable the Wake up Sound
- Pair a Bluetooth Device to Echo
Do you own an Echo? Leave us a comment below and let us know how you like it, and how you use it.