This is the inaugural post of a new, ongoing series I am going to call If It’s Tech. In it I will periodically, not exactly sure how often mind you, share some technology tip I have learned. Right now I am busy learning how to use the Alexa Echo I received for Christmas, so you may get a healthy does of Alexa skills for a while.
Today starts the three week phenomenon now officially labeled March Madness, where 60 some odd teams, I lose count with all the add-on games, will battle for the 2018 NCAA Basketball Championship. I am blessed with a job where I can work at home, but I cannot take the time to watch any of the games, so I thought about the possibility of tuning in through my Alexa device.
If you are unfamiliar with the Alexa devices or system you probably don’t know there is a suite of “Skills” to use for specific things you want Lexa to do. Think of the apps store for your phone and that is about the best comparison. This list of skills is ever expanding as tech folks are scrambling to try to build their resumes by creating these nuggets.
As I write this I am listening to the second half of the Wright State-University of Tennessee first round game. How did I do it? I am going to post a picture I captured from the “Alexa Skills Store unofficial” web site.
I used the second example phrase, “Alexa, ask March Madness which games are available?” Alexa told me at the time I asked there was two games available and proceeded to tell me Wright State vs. Tennessee and another game. I live only two hours from Knoxville, TN, so I chose this game. While I did not check for sure, it is likely there is also a way to do the same for NIT and Women’s NCAA games.
I intend to check for something similar to allow me to listen to my Cincinnati Reds as soon as baseball season begins in less than three weeks. Check back soon to see what other If It’s Tech topics might interest.