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Assign easy-to-remember names to your smart lights

That way, you can just say "Alexa, turn off desk light" 

If you don't re-name your smart lights, you'll have to remember to say things like "Alexa, turn off new Hue bulb #4" (and who can keep track of that?!). It's super easy to assign names to each of your smart lights.

Do This Now: Re-name your smart lights in 30 seconds or less

Follow these easy steps in the Alexa app:

  1. Tap "Devices" on the bottom navigation bar
  2. Tap "Lights" at the top
  3. Tap the light you want to rename
  4. Tap the settings icon in the upper right corner
  5. Tap "Edit Name" on the upper right
  6. Change the name and tap the Done button on the keyboard

Pro Tip: Group your smart lights! Have a room with multiple Alexa-enabled smart lights? Put your smart lights in a group so you can turn them on and off together. Then you can say "Alexa, turn on bedroom lights" and watch your entire room illuminate. Tap/click here for instructions.

One day you'll be able to access different voice assistants on the same smart speaker

Amazon recently announced they are spearheading the Voice Interoperability Initiative whose purpose is to ensure that one day "voice services work seamlessly alongside one another on a single device."

That means you could have a smart speaker (such as an Echo) to which you could say "Alexa, turn on the living room lights" and then 30 seconds later you could say "Cortana, what's on my Outlook calendar" or "Beeb, what's the news today?" (BBC recently announced the creation of their own assistant Beeb!).

I'm excited about this initiative because I think it will lead to better voice assistant user experiences. Perhaps Alexa will be your primary/hub assistant, but you'll be able to access specialized assistants for specialized tasks. Senior folks at Amazon liken this vision for voice assistants to browsers: you can use any browser to access any website, so why can’t you use any smart speaker to talk to whatever assistant you want? Makes sense to me.

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