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Want A Smart Home? Here's How To Use Alexa For An Efficient Life

by Sales & Rentals at Abacoa 03/11/2019

AI (artificial intelligence) is moving in on the homefront. And at the head of the pack is Amazon’s Echo with its assistant, Alexa. Echo comes in 3 options: a minimal hockey-puck-shaped device, a sleek tube in fashionable shades that make it a natural addition to your home decor, and a square-shaped device with a video screen, camera and mic capabilities.

Many are eager to bring home Alexa and make it the newest addition to their home but are left wondering what exactly does it do?

First, you need to teach Alexa which commands to recognize and perform. These commands are called “skills” And there is a whole library jam-packed with them. So where to start?

Create a Flash Briefing. Create your own daily update feed with the Flash Briefing option. You choose which sources you want Alexa to pull from and which time to report in. Get the weather, news and other updated while you get ready every day.

Use as an alarm in the morning - wake up to music, a radio station, the news, etc. If it’s available via Amazon Music it’s fair game.

Order a ride via Lyft or Uber. You can ask how much the trip will be and have it automatically billed to your account. Speed up getting ready to go out by coordinating your ride while you put on your final touches.

With multiple devices, you can sync music to play throughout your house. The app allows you to group all of your devices together into one cohesive house-wide system. Whether you want to listen to music, the news, a podcast or an audible book you can hear it no matter where you go - perfect for cleaning days.

Order pizza from Domino’s or Pizza Hut. Who doesn’t want pizza to arrive at their beck and call?  

Tune your guitar. With this skill, Alexa plays a song for you to match and listens in until you match up perfectly. Which means you don’t need another device, app or website to keep track of.

Sync up to your Fitbit to ask for updates on your latest activity and step progress for the day. In fact, you can even get more steps in while you ask since you don’t have to sit down at the computer.

With a Wemo Smart Plug, you can enable Alexa to turn devices on and off with a simple voice command. And with their light switches, you can turn lights on, off and change the brightness to match your mood.  

If you have a Hyundai, Mercedes or Ford with the right capabilities you can have Alexa start your car for you. Giving you five more minutes to grab breakfast for once.

Meditate with the Stop, Breathe, & Think meditation skill for Alexa. Just say how long you want to meditate for and settle in to clear your mind. Who said technology keeps us distracted?

And then there is always the option to ask Alexa which skills to enable. So meta!

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ABOUT CHRISTINE SNEDAKER

 Let my 35+ years of Real Estate experience go to work for you. Being a Florida resident for over 50 years, a Licensed Real Estate Broker since 1975, and a CAM (Community Association Manager), I have seen many changes in the real estate profession. With proven success in residential sales and rentals, a former teacher, previous owner of a real estate Title Company and Broker-Owner of several real estate companies. I recognize the changing educational requirements, laws and marketing necessary to serve my client’s needs.

Experience: Christine Snedaker has been a full-time professional REALTOR for over 30 years. She is a full-licensed broker and the owner of Sales & Rentals @ Abacoa, Golf Club Realty, Inc. and formerly, Option Realty Network /Bluff’s Resales and Rentals, Inc. Christine specializes in Golf and Waterfront homes throughout the Northern Palm Beaches, including Jupiter, Juno Beach, Tequesta, North Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens.

Honors: Christine is a consistent multi-million dollar producer who has earned a Lifetime Membership in the Million-Dollar Club. Christine has also been awarded the prestigious CRB (Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers) Award. Christine earned the e-PRO designation sponsored by the National Association of REALTORS for excellence in internet technology.
Memberships: Christine is a member of the Jupiter/Tequesta/Hobe Sound Association of REALTORS, the Florida Association of REALTORS, and the National Association of REALTORS. All of these associations uphold a strict code of ethics and ensure that their members are up to date on the latest marketing techniques and legislation affecting real estate.

Outside of real estate, Christine is Past Commodore of the North Palm Beach Yacht Club, and active member of the state Florida Commodore’s Association.