Coastalwatch Skill Upgrade For Amazon Echo Spot

25 May 2018 3

Voice command device takes surf checks to new levels of tech coolness and geekdom

The new Amazon Echo Spot is taking surf checks to the next level and Coastalwatch is on board to ensure surfers get to find better waves – from the comfort of their living rooms. (Or kitchen, or bedroom, or bathroom…)

The Coastalwatch team worked with VERSA, an awesome voice experience agency, to come up with an interactive surf check.

All you have to do is grab yourself a device and start talking. Kick off the convo with a casual, “Alexa, ask Coastalwatch…” and you can sort yourself out with all manner of info: how the tides are looking, the surf conditions and outlook at your preferred beach (we have 103 locations covered), the upcoming surf forecast and a detailed three day look at what’s in store.

Tricky lil’ Alexa will even remember your favourite beach and closest locations so you can focus your attention to contorting your body into your wettie as you listen in.

Created by surfers for surfers, this is truly a fresh way to interact with a voice led service. The Echo Spot is the first multi-modal device in market and also allows you to interact with images, gestures and check out vision. Put simply, it’s pretty cool.

If you have one already, check us out and feel free to leave a review or feedback. If you don’t, get your nerd on and make the daily surf check a new voice-commanded part of your day. Just imagine – yelling out for a surf check from the cosy cocoon of your doona and saving yourself a chilly footed check if it’s flat. “Alexa, hit snooze - again.”

ENABLE SKILL

ABOUT THE COASTALWATCH SKILL

“Alexa, ask Coastalwatch …"

... Today’s surf report
... Tomorrow’s surf forecast
... Three day detailed surf forecast
... Tide times

The Coastalwatch skill for Alexa enables surfers to get detailed up-to-date information about surf conditions and surf forecasts for Australian beaches and surf spots.

Alexa is the cloud-based voice service from Amazon and the brain behind devices like Amazon Echo. Using Alexa is as simple as asking a question. Making the Coastalwatch Skill for Alexa a simple and natural way to check the surf using just your voice, while you go about doing your normal everyday stuff. (Look mum no-hands!)

From early 2018, Surfers can enable the Coastalwatch Skill for Alexa on any Alexa enabled device and receive up to the minute surf forecasts, surf reports, wind information and tide times simply by… asking Alexa.

So if you have an Alexa enabled device, you can enable the Coastalwatch skill right now!

Here's how to enable the Coastalwatch skill:
1. Go to: alexa.amazon.com.au (make sure you are logged in)
2. Search "Coastalwatch"
3. Click "Enable". The skill will now instantly be available on your connected device.
4. Now you are ready to use Coastalwatch.

It's very simple to open the Coastalwatch Skill, here's 2 ways to get it going. 

With your Alexa Enabled device on:
1. Say "Alexa open Coastalwatch".
2. Or.. directly ask what you want with Coastalwatch in the question: For example: "Alexa, ask Coastalwatch what the surf is like at Snapper Rocks"

Tell Alexa your postcode and Coastalwatch will remember your closest beach, or it will remember your favourite beach with regular use of a location - whichever comes first.

If you enjoy the Coastalwatch skill for Alexa, please leave a rating and review on the Amazon Alexa Skill page.

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