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So you know those stories about when kids accidentally order something using Amazon Alexa devices? Yeah, well, adults are also capable of almost ordering something crazy. For your entertainment, here’s how we accidentally almost (probably) went bankrupt via Alexa.
It’s Tuesday night. We have another couple over hanging out and playing Phase 10. Alexa/our Amazon Tap is playing music with our Prime account, and every so often, a song will play that I don’t recognize. Since I am that annoying person who just has to know what the song is, I’m stopping the game and the music every so often to ask Alexa what the song is. And my patient husband and friends let me.
Except this time, a few people are talking at once, and Alexa misinterprets what I’m saying. Instead, she thinks I’ve said, “Will you sing a song?” To my surprise, but she acts all flustered, and then launches into a song about technology. We’re all amazed, having never heard this feature before.
Jokingly, James says, “Alexa, STOP.” And again, we’re all laughing and chatting about how different that was. Then James says these magic words: “Yeah, Alexa’s going to order me a Lamborghini or something to get back at me for cutting her off.”
And no joke. Immediately, before he finishes, Alexa says, “Lamborghini.” She launches into a whole spiel about some Lamborghini product, and then says, “Would you like to order?”
I think my heart stopped at that moment, guys. To be fair, we didn’t exactly know what Alexa was offering us, since James was still talking. It could have easily been a toy model or something. But I just remember thinking, AGHHH, NOOO!!
Luckily, no, we do not have a very expensive car on the way to our house. (I’m sure Amazon could have helped us out if that was the case.) But it just goes to show that adults are not immune to accidental crazy purchases. (Amazon, please take note.)
Anyway, despite the accidental purchases that could happen, we really do love our Prime account. We heart that two-day shipping on stuff we get all the time. Another think I love is playing music all day at our house just for a little noise other than the typical kid noises and my mom phrases. I’ve used other services, but they always come with commercials. Prime Music lets me listen to all kinds of albums and stations, and make my own playlists, with zero commercials. Sign up for a 30-day free trial, if you want to test it out for yourself.
Finally just for more Alexa fun, here are 20 commands you can give her – including some you might not expect:
- Sing me a song
- Flip a coin
- Tell me a joke
- Increase or decrease volume
- What song (or artist) is this?
- Order takeout
- Convert units
- Check sports scores
- Play games like Jeopardy and 20 Questions
- Check news headlines – ask for a “flash briefing”
- What’s the weather? Here, there, or anywhere
- Ask who is in a certain movie or when it came out
- Find out what movies are playing
- Quote a movie to Alexa and see how she responds – or ask for a movie quote
- Add, subtract, multiply, divide…
- Set a timer or alarm
- Make a shopping list
- Add dates to your calendar
- Ask for a word definition or spelling
- Play books, podcasts, or live radio
Speaking of music, what music should I listen to on our account? I could probably use some new recommendations.