There are some key Alexa abilities unavailable on the UK Echo:
Amazon: sort it out
You need to add the RadioPlayer Skill
“Alexa, enable Radioplayer”
“Alexa, ask Radioplayer to play Absolute 80s”
as it doesn’t seem to be available on TuneIn
“Alexa, sing a Christmas song”
In the Black Friday sale to go with my echo and it’s now sitting at my bedside. You do need a bluetooth or wired speaker unless you want rather tinny sound (fine for alarms etc).
This idea is a variation of a previous idea… using Amazon Echo as an intercom. This one would be super simple to implement. All you need is an Amazon Echo in the baby’s room to pick up the sound, and you can listen from a second one in your own bedroom or from the Amazon Echo App.
Source: Amazon Echo as a Baby Monitor – Idea of the Day – A new idea each day. Some Don’t Suck!
This is a fantastic idea. Just needs an Echo + Tap.
One of the first things I did was change the wake word to “Echo” as it seemed snappier.
However, I’ve reverted – it seems to me “Alexa” is recognised better, perhaps it’s a British accent thing?
One day to go until the Echo is available on Amazon.co.uk. And more importantly one day until my pre-order ships!
Alexa is now available from the play store (and presumably itunes).
alexa.amazon.co.uk is up now too.
Upload some mp3s to your Prime Music account (limit of 250 unless you pay extra) so that you can play them through the Echo.