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The Inside Scoop: How the Alexa team uses Alexa

Meng Lim, Senior Operations Manager for Alexa in Australia and New Zealand, shares his home setup and his custom routine for when he arrives home from work.

Morning must-have: the info dump

“I set a Routine so when I say ‘Alexa, good morning’, Alexa will play my latest news on ABC, SBS and a Flash Briefing, which gives you a short news update from your favourite providers. My Flash Briefing is set so that I get the latest updates from Amazon Web Services. I also have a couple of compatible smart lights that my device will turn on in my hallway and bedroom, too.”
“Alexa, how do I set up a routine?”
"Alexa, what's my Flash Briefing?"

Favourite features: working with Blueprints

I love to play around with Skill Blueprints, a way for users to create their own content on Alexa. It took me five minutes to create a daily prayer Blueprint which I can share with friends or family. This plays every morning as part of my Flash Briefing.”
“Alexa, tell me about Skill Blueprints”

The essentials: timed to perfection

“Really, the simplest feature I use is a timer. When we’re cooking bacon and our hands are dirty, we can just say ‘Alexa, set a timer for five minutes’. It’s simple but honestly I use it every day.”
"Alexa, set a timer for 10 minutes"
“Alexa, how long is left on my timer?”

The game-changer: room-to-room communication

“I have Alexa in every room and use it to communicate with my family. I use Drop In with my parents as well. It’s a great way to have a face-to-face catch-up.”
“Alexa, drop in on the kitchen”
“Alexa, how do I drop in?”

Surprise & delight! Welcome home, Dad!

“I wasn’t aware, until I was playing with Routines, that you could actually set up a location-based routine for your device and trigger an Alexa action. I set it up so that when my phone app gets close to home it prompts Alexa to announce ‘Daddy’s home!’ - and play Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles on compatible devices at home. Now my family knows I'll be home within two minutes.”
“Alexa, play pop music”
“Alexa, I'm home”

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