Smart speakers and smart assistants are great for hands free help, doesn't mean I don't get annoyed sometimes.
Here are a few of my pet peeves for the Amazon Echo and how to work around.
First, I don't like having to say the word.
All the time.
And yes, we're removing the word from the video so we don't accidentally wake your own smart speaker saying the video is bad form.
Now it's a perfectly fine wake word.
Am I trying to get my editor extra work here?
But saying repeatedly when you need to get multiple commands is tedious.
If I wanna turn on the lights and play some music and add a couple of things to my grocery list That's at least three times, I've got to say that whiteboard.
The easiest way to get around this obviously, terrible issue is to turn on follow up commands.
Head to the app on iOS or Android hit the hamburger icon in the upper left Then go to Settings and Device Settings.
If you have multiple smart speakers, you'll need to enable it for each one.
It leaves the mic hot after you're done talking so maybe keep that in mind.
Maybe you wanna enabled on your smart speaker in the kitchen.
But not on the one in your bedroom.
Scroll down in device settings and you'll see it.
Also, notice that along the way we a passed a spot where you can change the Wake Word.
If the problem is just that you don't like name [SOUND], you can change it.
And there we go, now I can get multiple commands to my heart's content.
And the world is sick.
One of the things to note if the commands you want to give at the same time are often the same, such as turning on the lights and adjusting the thermostat when you get home.
consider creating a routine.
Also found here in the Settings menu.
on to my second pet peeve.
The Hacker talks too much when I say
Turn on the living room lamp.>>Okay,>> [LAUGH] man, tell me your life story.
Why don't you so that short response might not seem like a huge deal, but it becomes tedious if you're controlling lots of smart devices all the time or you're always giving commands.
Fortunately, you can change this quickly for all of your devices at once.
Back to the settings voice responses and tap the toggle by brief mode.
Now if I give that same command turn on the living room lamp a simple confirmation beep and that's it is it Is it bad if I already missed the sound of its voice?
Speaking of voices, my biggest pet peeve is that doesn't sound more like Samuel L Jackson died our outrage and anger etc.
You get it?
Yeah, this is more of an Easter egg than an actual pet pee fix, but it's cool.
Leave me alone.
Also, this is a skill you have to pay money for, but you can hear Sam by saying Introduce me to Samuel L Jackson.
Allow me to welcome Dr.
I'm in the cloud baby.
This go Corsa books so make sure you like it as more than a novelty before you buy.
And no it won't actually replace the voice for all responses.
You specifically have to ask for it, which is pretty limited, so you probably shouldn't buy this since it's mostly a gimmick, but I already did.
So here it is.
Ask Samuel L Jackson.
To tell me about the weather.
Man, you didn't even say the [BLEEP] magic word.
Right now in Louisville, it's 86 degrees Fahrenheit with mostly cloudy skies.
Thanks, Sam, both explicit and informative.
And I can call him Sam cuz we're friends now, we've got a give and take.
I can call [SOUND] So many friends and you heard him get explicit.
That's a setting you can turn on.
You can also ask questions such as, ask Samuel L Jackson, what he thinks about snakes.
The snakes on this mother [BLEEP] plane.
Thanks for watching.
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And stay tuned, as we'll be doing one of these on our Google Assistant pet peeves shortly.
And thanks again.
And just cuz I know you need to know these Over the course of the video I've set a certain wake word exactly 19 times.
So for the sake of making it a nice even 20 [SOUND], and there we go.
Now that's exactly 20 times that I've said the word [SOUND], dang it.
I can subtract, whatever.