I have a particular use case, one that has probably driven my adoption of voice interfaces. I recently had a baby. As I feed my little girl, I tend to have both hands occupied but not much to do for the next 20 minutes. I find myself interacting with Alexa during those moments.
The surprising thing is that I’ve become so used to it that even when I’m not with my girl, I ask Alexa. It’s just become a much easier way to access specific information.
Three use cases are gold for me. The first one is Spotify’s integration. I play a lot of music at home and being able to do it via voice is so much easier. This is especially true if you have kids.
The other one is listening to the news. I love being able to sit down with my girl and fire the news and get a quick glimpse of what’s going on in the world. This doesn’t substitute my daily reading, but it serves as an entry point to it.
Last, I use the calendar integration every day. I tend to use it, especially at night, when talking with my wife about the next day’s schedule. Sometimes I don’t remember what time I had this or that meeting, so I ask Alexa. I could check my phone, but Alexa is way quicker.
I pair this last use with constant checking of the weather. I check it every morning before getting my kids ready for school, so I know how to dress them.
Alarm setting is also a big thing for me. I’m using them daily to avoid getting sucked into work and miss an appointment. It’s so easy to do that I’m skipping doing it with my phone altogether.