You'll Be Able To Ask Alexa For The Forecast

19 Jan 2018 8 Share

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Alexa, the Amazon tech about to hit Australian shores that you speak to and get to do things for you – like order flowers, or read the news, or play music – will be able to tell you what's going on in the ocean. After integrating the Coastalwatch skill, surfers will be able to simply ask, out loud, for surf reports and forecasts around Australia.

From early 2018, you'll be able to say to your Alexa enabled device something like, “Alexa, ask Coastalwatch for the surf report for Byron bay."

And it'll chirp back:

"Today’s regional outlook at Byron Bay is pumping with six to eight feet-plus waves in the morning and south winds at less than ten knots. The afternoon’s waves are  six to eight feet-plus with south winds at less than ten knots. You should probably chuck a sickie…”

Thanks, Alexa!

Or you will be able to ask for tide times, up to the minute surf forecasts, wind information, or even detailed three day forecasts. It's no Marty McFly hoverboard, but it is pretty damn furturistic news for us surfers.

Alexa is available on the Echo range of smart speakers made by Amazon that are launching in Australia in early February.

See more about the Alexa Coastalwatch Skill

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