Personal Note To VoiceBrew Subscribers: During the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) spread, I plan to "keep VoiceBrew as VoiceBrew" to give you a break from the news when you need one - and provide some fun, new ideas for using Alexa while you're cooped up at home. From time to time, I'll cover ways in which Alexa can help you stay healthy during this crazy time (like yesterday's email). Most of all, I am wishing for your health during this difficult period.
Echo Show on a kitchen counter

Alexa can tell you when someone is at the door

All you need is a smart video doorbell!

Any time your smart video doorbell detects motion or gets pressed, Alexa will alert you. Then, just say "Alexa, show me the front door" or "Alexa, talk to the front door" to easily hear, speak to and see your visitors on your Echo Show. You can also get alerted via smart phone app when you're on-the-go.

A smart video doorbell comes in super handy when you're expecting deliveries and visitors, and it's also a surprisingly helpful way to track down lost pets and keep an eye on the neighborhood around your home. Plus, simply having a smart video doorbell is a deterrent for thieves -- and knowing everyone who is coming and going from your home definitely brings added peace of mind.

Buying Pro Tip: I recommend the Ring Smart Video Doorbell because it's so easy to set up with Alexa. To protect you from unauthorized logins, Ring doorbells now require 2-factor authentication.

3 pro tips for added convenience & security

  1. To see people at the door, you'll need an Alexa speaker with a screen
  2. If you want to up your security, consider adding additional cameras outside (like the Ring Spotlight Camera) or inside (like the Ring Indoor Smart Camera)
  3. Swipe left on your Echo Show to view and control your Alexa-connected video doorbell, security cameras, thermostats and other connected smart home devices via the Smart Home Hub

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Where have all the Alexa's gone?

Chart showing # babies called Alexa by year
I recently came across this chart showing a huge drop-off in babies named Alexa following the 2014 release of Amazon Alexa. While not surprising, it's just one example of the impact that Amazon Alexa is having on the world around us.

Pro Tip: If you have any Alexa's in your household, you can easily change the wake word for Amazon Alexa by saying "Alexa, change the wake word" and following the prompts to select a new one.
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Katherine Prescott
Founder, VoiceBrew
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