With everyone in the house able to access my echo, I started thinking that it’s about time to start personalizing content. “Alexa, my pin is ****.” She responds with a prompt, “Welcome Tim, what would you like to do?” Simple enough concept. It’s great to prevent family members from racking up my Amazon bill, keep my content mine, and have a parental control over content. The user would either log out, or get timed out. I just think it’s about time to start personalizing the experience Amazon.
Real solutions to real problems
With AI based devices showing up in almost every room in houses, I have began to wonder why makers don’t offer a tie in to emergency services. Say someone breaks into your home. You could simply give Alexa a pin that allows for a direct call to emergency services. If not calls, at least equip it with a panic alarm. There is so much potential just in Echo and Google Home. It’s about time we start looking beyond simple music and news to more solution based roles. Lives could be saved with an addition of a simple skill to the Echo profile. Let’s go developers!!!
What we want and need for business
With devices such as Echo, Google Home, and others coming into the market, I have a small suggestion that will, in my mind, replace the intercom systems in schools and business. Allow for users to communicate with other similar devices. I want to be able to say, “Alexa, page Sam’s Echo,” and Sam is able to answer and we can have a phone-intercom style conversation. I believe this could be expanded to building-wide communications. Think of this, “Hey Google, page Mrs. Thomas in room 314” and she is able to have a conversation about little Jimmy’s mom picking him up.
This is just the start. Let’s see if we can build upon this. What if we add a building database and a scheduling system… “Alexa, is room 3A open at 5pm?” and she replies, “No, should I page the occupant?” With a simple question, I bypassed the building secretary. Want to get fancy? “Alexa, has Mark arrived at his office?” and she replies, “No, Mark has not clocked in (Voice activated clock in with Alexa). Should I call him?” Now enter into VOIP calling with a simple add-on from Skype, or other. This is where we should be heading, in my opinion… please someone make it happen.