If there is one thing I wish I had had, as a student, its the modern virtual assistant. We have one at home, I would love to have more, and it has proven a great hit, for both questions and things such as playing music.
If you don’t know too much about them (I’m sure you do), you can ask them questions and if they can find the answer in their vast database of info, they will tell you. You could ask them, for example, what time the local <named> grocery store is open too. You could ask them what is on at the local cinema. You can ask them ‘what is the square root of 1234567’, 1111.and a lot of numbers.
Now there are some things they can’t answer, and they won’t give you the answers to all your homework – but they are very useful.
At the moment, there are two brands that come to mind. The first is the Amazon Echo. There are a few versions of these out today, some which are just audio and a couple newer versions that are video. With the video version, you can call via the video from Echo to Echo for a video chat.
For all the Amazon Echo you use Alexa Calling and Messaging. You can do that on any of the compatible Echo Devices which includes the following:
- Echo Dot
- Echo Show
- Echo Spot
- Echo Plus
- Alexa app
The other thing I love about the Amazon Echo is the support it has with other devices, so many items allow you to control them from the Echo. Finally, for me, the greatest thing I use my echo for is Amazon Music Unlimited. If you’re a prime member with Amazon, you get access to their music library. You can also subscribe to the Music Unlimited service which gives you access to 10’s of millions of songs. There is even an Echo plan which is cheaper monthly. I use this all the time.
You can also connect your paid Spotify account instead of using the Amazon Music Unlimited
The other big virtual device out there is the Google Home. Personally, I don’t own one of these so I can give you my own personal opinion. I can say that they are also very popular and are similar in price.
You can ask similar questions, you can also attach your Spotify account to play music. They are both very similar, and you can’t go wrong with either of these devices.
Both of these devices will also you to ask questions, they will both play you music (they use their inbuilt speakers). Depending on the device you get, they each have their own functionality. There is nothing like lying around and asking for the song of the day or play me such and such album without even having to lift a hand.
Perfect for those lazy afternoons.