Life Bot and Alexa — New Productivity and Self-Care Possibilities Abound

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Life Bot and Alexa

Life Bot is a new addition to the skill set of Amazon’s popular digital assistant, Alexa. 

Its aim is twofold: to make Alexa more useful in managing your daily routines and, ultimately, to enhance Alexa’s skills by learning your personal preferences over time.

 

Life Bot – What can it do now?

Right now, Life Bot’s Alexa-targeted skills include:

  • Finding your lost phone by calling it;
  • Texting you reminders at a specific, scheduled time;
  • Helping you with self-care activities like meditating or doing yoga at your desk.

The plan, according to the developers, is to introduce new features gradually. They’ll start with enabling Life Bot to text your to-do list to you. You’ll be able to specify the date and time that you want that done.

And the team’s goal is to have the personal preference part up and running in several months. Finally, the intent is to make this app available on other voice platforms like Cortana and Google Home.

Life Bot – How do you use it?

When you set up Life Bot it will ask for your mobile phone number. Next, it texts a welcome message to your phone. The text asks for your name. After you reply (via text), Life Bot returns with suggestions of some things to try.

Having your mobile phone involved interactively like this through the set-up process makes it easier to get started with Life Bot. In addition, the link to your mobile phone number means that Life Bot can connect with you, even when you’re away from Alexa. This gives your Alexa reminders greater reach since previously they were limited to the Alexa app and related devices (like the Echo and Echo Dot).

If you’d like to give it a try, you can check out Life Bot by enabling the Alexa skill here.

More on Alexa…

As with any tech tool, the more you use it, the better idea you’ll have of how it fits into your workflow. Tools like Alexa aren’t for everyone. It takes practice to get to a point where something like Alexa actually increases your efficiency.

Here’s an excellent, realistic overview of Alexa’s skills and how to figure out what works for you and how to make the best use of the many possibilities:

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I have no material connection with Alexa or Life Bot, and have not received any compensation for writing this content.

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