Amazon Echo: One of my favorite hidden tricks and how to use it
Out of all of Alexa's talents, this is by far the more clever.
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After having an Amazon Echo for a couple of years,
responses can get boring -- especially when it says, "I can't answer that" or "I don't think I should say that." Fortunately, you can make the voice assistant respond however you want, either to entertain others or to finally feel satisfied with its answers.
Whether you're trying to get Alexa to say curse words, or just want it to answer with your name when you ask it who the smartest person in the world is, you can do so by creating custom Alexa responses using Amazon Blueprints.
To do so, visit the blueprints.amazon.com page on your phone or desktop browser. This is the
site that lets you create your own Alexa skills and customize the voice assistant responses. Make sure you're signed in to the Amazon account linked to your Echo speaker. Then select the Custom Q&A button and click Make Your Own.
Watch this: Alexa's best hidden talent lets you make your own commands
Under the section titled When you say: "Alexa", type out the question you'd like to customize. For example, "Alexa, who has the best mom in the world?" Then under the section Alexa will say: just type your answer. When you're finished, click Create Skill. Now you can create as many customized Alexa responses as you'd like.
Some other examples of Q&As you can create are, "Alexa, when should I send [child's name] to bed?" and have the voice assistant answer with "[He/she] should go to bed right now." Kids always listen to Alexa, right?
You could also ask, "Alexa, what should we eat for dinner?" and have Alexa answer with the meal you were already planning on making. Or, "Alexa, whose turn is it to load the dishwasher?" We already know the answer isn't you.