Transit Times: understand your commute

     Kaylee Lawler is a San Jose State student, In the morning, her main fear is that she’ll miss the train. It takes a couple minutes to get to the nearest VTA light rail station, Alum rock.


She’ll run up the stairs and see her train go by and wishes she could have known the schedule before she left home.

She takes the Alum Rock line to the Paseo de San Antonio stop.
The paper fold-outs are a waste of paper, and looking online isn’t quick, she says.
Google maps doesn’t allow her to select a time to leave with simplicity
She wants a list of 3 possible train time-tables or departure times from her home address.

    I propose an interface that pulls transit information from the same sources as Google maps called Transit Times.
It uses your Amazon shipping address by default as your home, and one would be able to set addresses referenced with simple phrases like “Alexa, open Transit Times. Tell me when I have to leave to catch a train to School. This would be achieved with a 2-minute setup conversation, with natural sounding scripting.
    After that, the product would be simplicity
“Here are the three next departure times, 7:23, 7:43, and  8:13a.m. which one would you like to take?”


The default reminder will be 5 minutes before the departure time to let people get out of the door on time.  Alexa will go into reminder alarm mode for 5 seconds then say “you should leave in 5 minutes” another alarm should go off for 5 seconds “It’s time to go, fare-well!”

The simplest implementation of this skill would be a list of train times going to a destination based on official transit authority time-tables, and letting the user handle the rest to reduce the risk of annoying the user.

Alexa New Skill

Carlos, has been in the United States for almost a year now since moving from Guatemala. He is a SJSU student  majoring in engineering.  It has not been easy moving from a different country and balancing all the new changes in his life. From getting used to his surroundings and going to school, it can get hectic. Since attending SJSU Carlos has joined a fraternity on campus and has managed to be involved in the engineering department.

At times Carlos can forget when he has to do certain things with all the things he has to juggle. I would like to build a skill that can sync into his calendar and make sure not only is Alexa reading out loud his schedule in the morning but also sends alerts to his phone. A way to set an alarm and as soon as the alarm is snoozed Alexa would list all the things on the calendar according to each day. This skill will also have the ability to send alerts when things change in the schedule that way if you’re a busy person like Carlos you can stay informed on what you need to get done.

Alexa Skill

Roman Stopper is a man of many strengths. Muscle memory, however, is not one of them. Not only does he sometimes forget his wallet before leaving his house, but he’ll forget to write down personal reminders for himself. Yeah, timed reminders could help, but if his schedule changes he’ll just forget about the reminder. It might sound like Roman has dementia, but let me be clear, he remembers only what he wants to.

If Alexa had a “Don’t Forget” skill, Roman’s life would run with a lot less “oh shoot, I forgot” moments. First, Roman would tell Alexa what he needs to be reminded of and what day, without a specific time. This skill would enable every time Roman says “Alexa, I’m heading out.” Alexa would then remind him of what needs to be done and to make sure he has everything he needs. For example, if Roman is going to the grocery store and he uses this skill, Alexa would remind him to bring his grocery list.

Alexa Skill Idea

Jimmy, like some, is an only child to his parents. Jimmy is trying to be an adult and enjoy his college life by going out meeting new people and dating. However, Jimmy has a tiny problem that seems to always follow him, his mother. Being the only child Jimmy is constantly bombarded with texts, calls and emails from his mother. It’s not her fault she just misses her only baby.

Imagine Alexa solving Jimmy’s problem by having a skill that will send texts or emails to his mother. This skill will allow Jimmy to put in his schedule or set reminder and find a suitable time to inform his mother of his plans so she no longer has to keep checking in multiple times a day. A more advanced feature would have voice recordings that would call his mother and respond in his voice.

Harris is an average young adult male. That is to say, he has no idea what he’s doing when it comes to his own diet. It isn’t that he hates like healthy foods or has an undistinguished palate. He simply doesn’t have a clue when it comes to actually making meals. How can we help him?

Imagine an Alexa skill that on command would spout a recipe ideas for Harris. After Alexa asks Harris a few questions about what he might be in the mood to eat, Alexa will find a recipe online to match the suggestion. Alongside the recipe will be short description of the meal. This will help Harris solve his problem of not knowing how to make the meals he wants. Alexa reading the recipe will show how simple making a potential meal can be, and even if Harris isn’t in the mood for that particular item, he can store the recipe for later.