Every so often, we take a look at the Alexa skills worth checking out from among the 15,000 or so voice apps available today. Here are a few from the new, popular, and trending categories of the Alexa Skills Store. In recent Alexa news, the intelligent assistant now offers hands-free control of Amazon Fire TV devices. To hear Alexa talk about going back to school, say “Alexa, teach me something” or “Alexa, tell me a back to school joke.”
Since its release in January 2016, the Jeopardy! skill has become one of the most popular skills ever released. This summer, maker Sony Pictures Television has released a new skill for sports trivia.
Each week, users of the Sports Jeopardy! skill get 12 new questions to answer.
Just like the real Sports Jeopardy!, the skill is hosted by Dan Patrick, and just like in the original, all answers must come in the form of a question.
Teen Jeopardy! is the third Jeopardy skill in the Alexa Skills Store. A dozen new questions are released every Friday, all suitable for teenage and family participants.
Would you rather kiss a jellyfish or step on a crab? Would you rather eat a stick of butter or a gallon of ice cream? This skill is currently in the most popular category of the Alexa Skills Store, and as the name indicates, has family-friendly questions most anybody can play. I’m not sure there’s any way to win this game, but it can be fun.
The new Betty Crocker beta skill talks about politics :) Just kidding. This skill can tell you how to do a large variety of things in the kitchen, mostly doling out cooking techniques and ingredient substitutions. The skill can answer questions like, “What’s a good substitute for baking soda?” Or “How do I keep my burger from falling apart on the grill?”
Ambient sound skills have always been popular in the Alexa Skills Store, and the wind chimes skill is no different, having racked up a five-star review for its melodic sounds. The Wind Chime skill was made by Jeff Bolton, creator of other popular ambient sound skills featuring grandfather clocks or sounds of the rainforest, as well as underwater noise, box fans, and a heartbeat.