Assignment 2

Going to the gym is easier said than done. Especially with a tight schedule. I aim to go to the gym about five days a week but sometimes a day will slip by where I don’t go. Either I’m wrapped up in assignments or I honestly don’t feel like going. Then the guilt starts kicking in during the late night and there’s no turning back. I came across the skill “7 Minute Workout” and decided to try it out. There’s a choice of either doing a simple workout or a workout that is made custom for you. I chose to have a custom workout. Alexa asked me a series of questions regarding my weight, age, gender and how often I workout. The 7 Minute Workout made me do various workouts such as army crawls for 30 seconds each. She plays music while I do the workout, which I enjoy very much. This is an interactive skill both verbally and physically. Even though this app is not equivalent to my workouts at the gym, this is a good fill in on a lazy day. I definitely will be using this skill on the days I decide I want to skip the gym or want to add a little extra workout to my day.

I was raised to love sports since before I could even walk. After living on my own and away from my dad, I realized I lost my connection to the sports world. I like being in the loop so I decided to enable the “247sports Flash Briefing.” I discovered this skill by going to the sports section of the skills. This was one of the highest rated sports skills and I’m disappointed by the quality. I’m not sure what I was going to expect through this skill but I’m not that big of a fan. All of the flash briefings sounded more like headlines. I think I like the energy of the sports anchors rather that Alexa talking to me about sports. I like to read consumer reviews with a grain of salt but I should have listened to the reviews of this skill. There were only five reviews but all but one of them were negative. Then again, you could tell the difference from the sports junkies and the person who only watches the Super Bowl. This skill is effective if I want to know if anything major is going on in the sports world and Alexa can tell me rather than having to search for it myself. I came to the conclusion that Alexa is useful in many ways, just not with sports news.

I am moving out of my sorority house this summer and moving into a house with some close friends. It is my time to finally become a dog mom. Although I know I want my first son to be a Blue French Bulldog, I like knowing facts about other dogs. Let’s be honest, all dogs are the best. So, I enabled the skill “Dog Facts.” The first fact Alexa told me was that Chihuahuas are born like humans in the fact that they first have bald spots and they get covered as they get older. My Chihuahua had puppies when I was a kid so I already knew  that fact but it was still cool to hear. This skill has about 80 reviews which were all positive for the most part. When the skill was first designed, they were still adding dog facts to Alexa, so there wasn’t a big variety. However, since those reviews, they added a lot more dog facts. I think kids would enjoy this skill a lot. I could see my niece loving this skill, so I’m definitely going to tell her about it. I chose this skill as one of my “fun” skills. I probably won’t use it that much but it is a fun skill to have.

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