Alexa And Mental Health Skill Apps Part 1

Alexa Just Another Voice Assistant?

When Amazon released the original Echo Dot and Alexa device I was like me it’s just another voice assistant much like every one before it Cortana Siri and I had zero interest in it.

However this is where my story changes and my interest in Echo Dot And Alexa Grew.

Getting Alexa in 2018

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I did not really look at Alexa for a few years and I then got a chance to see a fully smart Alexa echo dot gen 2 last year and I was quietly impressed with Alexa and decided to track down an Echo Dot of my own and I finally got one in December 2018.

Alexa’s Pretty Clever At Hiding

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Initially I was planning on getting the Alexa enabled Echo Dot 3 but they are so popular they are sold out everywhere even on Amazon!.

I was about to give up on the search in Derby City as my back was hurting and I had suffered a panic attack after falling over due to my leg giving way.

On the way to the bus I took a look in the local Cash Converters shop just out of curiosity you never know what is in there and they do give warranty on everything so yeah its ok and they had 2 2nd generation Echo Dot’s at a fair price on the window display.

Err…. Not sure about this

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I went in a took a look at them and the first one I looked at was not exactly in good condition it was scratched on the plastics and on a white model it was visible like crazy and the top was marked like crazy as if something was placed on top of it and moved around.

2nd Time Lucky (H2)

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Second hand on watch – Pexels stock image

I had to think at this point about what I wanted to do and the shop assistant asked if I wanted to see the other Echo Dot from the window and I said please and the assistant quickly fetched it and said it was much better and it was so I bought it.

Setup

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As I did not get any instructions or manual with the Echo Dot 2 I had bought so I quickly turned to the Internet and seconds later found out that Amazon have created the Echo Dot user guide in the play store.

Hello Alexa!

After reading the user guide and downloading the Alexa App and on logging into it with my amazon account setup was straight forward just a case of following the instructions and making sure the Echo Dot was switched on and connected to the local network (Router) and then the app checked for my Echo dot and quickly found it and then asked me to personalise it and then completed the setup.

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Check out my part II of this piece and I will cover the skills and mental health side.

Until Next time

Tim

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