Ever since the Amazon Echo hit the market, it’s had an increasing upwards trajectory of awesome features come out for it. From Spotify support and home automation control to the new ability to actually schedule an Uber, Amazon’s Echo it truly a useful friend around the house.
The latest update to Echo doesn’t disappoint either. Adding two new helpful features, Alexa can now answer health questions from Boston Children’s Hospital as well as help with fixing things at home through HomeAdvisor.
“You can get answers from doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital as to whether the symptoms merit a doctor’s visit or not. Keep in mind, while it’s a cool thing to do to be able to ask your speaker for medical advice, please remember to actually take your kids to the doctors when they need it. Some of the commands include “Alexa, ask KidsMD about a fever”, or “Alexa, ask KidsMD about dosing.” – Android Central
Able to help judge whether your children’s symptoms warrant a doctors visit and giving valuable help on dosing information, the new Children’s Hospital features will be really great for stay at home moms and families in general.
“KidsMD can help parents decide whether symptoms like fever, cough, headache, rash, vomiting, sore throat, diarrhea, fatigue or shortness of breath warrant a call to the doctor.” Users…will also be able to ask for dosing advice based on their child’s weight or age, helping them work out how many pills to provide without needing to focus their attention on a Google search.
With the new HomeAdvisor app, owners will also be able to call them a plumber, carpenter or other handyman. With phone and area location stored, Echo will be able to accurately locate and calla plumber without you touching your phone.
Another cute feature (while not particularly “helpful”) will have Alexa recite you a random Haiku when asked. In honor of International Haiku Day, you can now just ask Alexa for a haiku. A nice way to calm and recenter yourself while you’re working at home. All of these new features are live on the echo app now!
While the echo runs around 180 bucks, I’d have to say that it’s absolutely worth it. Speaking from experience, I love the thing. From just playing around asking it questions to always having music and info just a sentence away, it’s really hard to beat. Beware of kids though, they get addicted to asking it silly questions non-stop…I like to keep it in a central room in the house so you can almost reach it everywhere with your voice. Excited to try out these new features (although the KidsMD app might not help my bachelor living).
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