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M.androidcentral. The Amazon Echo has been gaining new features each week, and this week is KidsMD integration for answering questions about your child's medication dosages and more.

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With this, you can get answers from doctors at Boston Children's Hospital as to whether the symptoms merit a doctor's visit or not. Keep in mind, while it's a cool thing to do to be able to ask your speaker for medical advice, please remember to actually take your kids to the doctors when they need it. Some of the commands include "Alexa, ask KidsMD about a fever", or "Alexa, ask KidsMD about dosing. " It can also recite haikus and help you with projects around the house with help from HomeAdvisor. To help celebrate International Haiku Poetry Day on April 17 you can now just ask Alexa for a haiku. Now you can ask Amazon's Echo about your Fitbit stats.

Sure, it's pretty easy just to glance down at your Fitbit device, but the ability to ask about even more complex stats makes this a pretty compelling Alexa skill.

Now you can ask Amazon's Echo about your Fitbit stats

Amazon's virtual assistant will even take the role of a coach with encouraging and inspirational comments, all of which will take the time of the day into account. 50 Alexa Voice Commands To Use With Amazon Echo [Video] Advertisements Devices of the home automative nature are generally purchased by home owners and fans of technology in order to make things easier.

50 Alexa Voice Commands To Use With Amazon Echo [Video]

The clue is really in the word “automation”. Products like the connected Philips Hue bulbs are for those who want to interact with lighting scenes via a mobile app. Then there’s smart appliances and sockets that can all be controlled from a single application. There’s also the very cool Amazon Echo, which besides being a very capable Bluetooth speaker, is also capable of automating some fairly impressive tasks on our behalf, as well as being able to understand a whole host of voice commands.

Amazon has done a great job of progressing the Amazon Echo hardware by fitting it out with a great little personal digital assistant by the name of Alexa. Amazon Echo commands. Amazon Echo’s Alexa is now smarter thanks to IFTTT. Alexa might not yet be the household name that Siri already is, but it could very soon be.

Amazon Echo’s Alexa is now smarter thanks to IFTTT

That is, if Amazon really starts pushing its Echo cloud-based home assistant. Alexa, the personification of that product, has just gotten a bit better but, quite ironically, not through Amazon's own heavy lifting. The smart assistant has been endowed with some new smarts thanks to the popular web mashup service IFTTT. Now you can let Alexa do much more than just controlling you music or your smart appliances. Now you can even let it publicize your todo list, if you so wish. Amazon revealed Echo last year without much fuss or fanfare, making is wonder if Amazon is actually serious in this rather unexpected and surprising product that doesn't seem to mesh with its core retail business. Amazon Echo adds Google Calendar support. Amazon's Echo home assistant has quietly added another talent to its PA abilities, with a new update integrating Google Calendar with the cylindrical speaker.

Amazon Echo adds Google Calendar support

The firmware upgrade, which will be automatically pushed out to Echo units in the wild, allows limited voice control over calendar events and scheduling: you can ask the gadget to give a summary of what's on the agenda for that day, or just request a reminder of the next scheduled event. For the moment, the only commands supported are relatively passive. You can ask "Alexa, what's on my calendar tomorrow at 9PM? " or "Alexa, what's on my calendar Saturday? " but actually adding an appointment isn't supported. That may come in time, however.

Adding the calendar is done through the settings section of the Echo app, and right now only Google's service is supported. It's the latest in a number of upgrades to Echo functionality that the retail behemoth has been delivering. Amazon Echo now reads your Audible audiobooks. Amazon has added audiobook reading to its Echo personal assistant, allowing the pillar-like speaker to regale owners with Audible ebooks.

Amazon Echo now reads your Audible audiobooks

The update is the latest in a series of improvements to Echo which Amazon has pushed out, and follows Google Calendar integration which was installed late last month. Echo will also synchronize its place in each audiobook with Amazon's apps on other platforms, to make the listening experience effectively seamless. For the moment, only audiobooks purchased through Audible - the store Amazon itself owns - will be available to play. Accessing the catalog is all done by voice command. Asking "Alex, read [book title]" summons a specific audiobook itself, while the command "Alexa, read my book" resumes the latest book you've been listening to. Navigating through is done with the instructions "Alexa, go back" or "Alexa, go forward" meanwhile. A dozen helpful Amazon Echo how-to tips and tricks. The Amazon Echo has found its way into our home (and it's clearly staying here).

A dozen helpful Amazon Echo how-to tips and tricks

Even though it can be dumb as rocks sometimes, there are a few things (turning on and off the lighting, basic math, weather) that have provided a level of incremental convenience we've rapidly become used to. That said, in my quest to learn more about what we could do with the rat rod of Pringles cans, I've found some interesting tips and tricks that you might find useful as well. 1. Connect Amazon Alexa to anything. Hello, it's Alexa, the Amazon Echo voice with an Adele Easter egg. Hello, Alexa, can you hear me?

Hello, it's Alexa, the Amazon Echo voice with an Adele Easter egg

Alexa, the voice behind interactive speaker Amazon Echo, can hear your Adele reference loud and clear — and respond to it cleverly, too. Capitalizing on Adele's recent album drop as well as the theatrical release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, Amazon developers added a few Easter eggs to Amazon Echo last week. The device can already do a variety of things, including answer your questions, play music, control your smart home lights and provide updates on news, sports, weather and traffic. Now with the right phrases, Alexa revels in the Adele and Hunger Games craze just like us humans. List of known easter eggs for Amazon Echo (so far) : amazonecho. Our favorite IFTTT recipes for the Amazon Echo. Don't think of it as talking to yourself, think of it as talking to your house.

Our favorite IFTTT recipes for the Amazon Echo