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Who is Alexa?  Act version 20 allows you to work with Alexa and Act together. So it seems to make sense that we have an understanding of what Alexa is and how it can be used with Act.

Part one of this mystery is discovering Alexa. Confession: I do not use Alexa and have very limited knowledge about what it is and how it can be used in your home or office. Because they have combined it to work with Act version 20, it makes sense that I explore and learn a lot more about Alexa. To start, let’s see what Wikipedia has to say about Alexa:

Alexa is an intelligent personal assistant developed by Amazon, made popular by the Amazon Echo and the Amazon Echo Dot devices developed by Amazon Lab126. It is capable of voice interaction, music playback, making to-do lists, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, playing audiobooks, and providing weather, traffic, and other real time information, such as news. Alexa can also control several smart devices using itself as a home automation system.[2]

Most devices with Alexa allow users to activate the device using a wake-word (such as Echo); other devices (such as the Amazon app on iOS or Android) require the user to push a button to activate Alexa’s listening mode. Currently, interaction and communication with Alexa is only available in English and German.

As of September 2017, Amazon had more than 5,000 employees working on Alexa and related products.[3]


So Alexa will listen to you and do what you ask (unlike my three boys when I ask them to clean up their rooms). So how do we get Alexa in our lives? It looks like we have to purchase an Amazon Echo or an Amazon Echo Dot. You can purchase these devices online at Amazon and at many retail establishments.

So let’s take a look at how all this works via these videos: