Alexa is Amazon’s intelligent cloud-based voice service; a virtual assistant, a learning tool, a know-it-all you can love. CoWatch was the first smart watch with Alexa Voice Service (AVS) integration. Think Jarvis from Iron Man, but better and real; now we can all be as lucky as Tony Stark.
CoWatch users can ask Alexa to play music, answer questions, get news and traffic information, control smart home products, play games, read bedtime stories, tell corny jokes, and the list list goes on and on and on.
Former Senior Vice President of Amazon, David Limp, gives an Alexa overview to Fortune Magazine.
Skills are voice-driven capabilities that enhance the functionality of your Alexa device. You can enable skills that allow your CoWatch to give you a guided 1 minute meditation, add an event to your calendar, or track your Amazon packages. There is even a skill that helps you master your mixology for seasonal cocktails!
To use an Alexa skill, enable the skill in the Alexa app, and then make your request based on the example phrases shown in the app.
If you know the exact name of the skill you want, you can say, “Enable [skill name] skill.” You can also search for and enable skills in the Alexa app:
- Open the Alexa app.
- Open the left navigation panel, and then select skills.
- Use the search bar to enter keywords or select categories to browse through.
- When you see a skill you want to use, select enable skill.
After you enable a skill, you can ask Alexa to open and use it. For example, say, “Alexa, open [skill name].” There may be different or additional instructions for using the skill. You can refer to the skill’s detail page in the app to learn more, or say, “Alexa, [skill name] help.” When you no longer want to use a skill, select disable or say, “disable [skill name] skill.”
Tip: You can rate and review skills. To review a skill, scroll down to the reviews section on the detail page for a skill, and then select write a review.
The Alexa App was recently redesigned so you can view skills by category or see what’s popular and trending. Alexa now has more than 1,500 skills that let you do everything from order a pizza to check your credit card balance.
Plus, once you’ve found a skill you want to try, you can now enable it right away using just your voice. Try it with these popular skills:
- “Alexa, enable the Jeopardy! skill.”
- “Alexa, play Jeopardy!”
To learn more about Alexa skills, go to Enable Alexa Skills.
If you are a developer interested in learning to code for Alexa, check out the Amazon Developer Alexa resources online. There are skill templates, tutorials, on-demand training webinars and weekly office hours available to anyone who wants to learn how to code skills for Alexa.
Both the CoWatch Companion App and the Alexa App are available in the iTunes App Store and in the Google Play Store. All you need is an Amazon Prime account to login and start activating Alexa Skills.