8 Cool Hands-Free Ways Our Virtual Personal Assistants Help Us

8 Cool Hands-Free Ways Our Virtual Personal Assistants Help Us

Personal assistants and AI technology are getting smarter with more possibilities and skills. They can be used for productivity means in your business or even during relaxation periods at the end of the day. What makes them even more useful is the voice activation and hands-free features available. Here are some of the coolest hands-free things you can do with your personal assistants!

1. In The Car

If you are looking for ways to stay productive in the car safely (legally) then going hands-free is your best bet! Google has created and launched an Android Auto app, which allows you to have access to Google’s voice recognition software while you are driving. From calling and messaging, as well as getting live traffic updates and information, you will have a new hub in the car.

2. Stay connected

For those who prefer WhatsApp to stay connected, it can be difficult if you are missing out on group messages. Luckily, now Apple’s Siri has integrated a new hands-free version. With the latest upgrade release, iPhone users can ask Siri to read their latest messages and allows you to dictate responses so that you never miss a message again (or end up with a thousand group chat notifications)!


 


3. Go Travelling

Microsoft’s personal assistant Cortana is now compatible with Skyscanner, which means travellers can keep up to date on flights, delays, and travel arrangements without touching a button. The cool new features also allow you to plan your perfect trip, with advice on the best time to book routes as well as the best pricing. This makes it easier to feed the wanderlust in you!

4. Those Meeting Notes

If you are fed up with taking notes at your meeting (who isn’t?) you can use Clarke.ai to do it for you. This handy personal assistant allows you to invite “Claire Clarke” to your meeting and make it to “listen in” so it may takes notes. Following the meeting, the transcript and notes will be sent to your inbox –  a completely hands free process.

5. Rise And Shine

If you find it difficult to wake up in the morning, there’s a clock for that! The Bonjour Smart Alarm clock is voice controlled and uses AI technology to also act as your personal assistant. It can connect to Google services as well as some of your favourite apps (e.g. Uber) and determine your best wake-up time according to your day which should also help you maximise your sleep, adapting daily to your schedule, and allowing it to accommodate to your routine. Also, as a handy bonus it plays music, can connect to other smart devices, acts as a fitness planner and can also help coach you during sleep.

6. Learning

If you find yourself using Wikipedia a lot, (whether it’s for personal, business or academic use) Microsoft’s AI Cortana now has integrated an app for Wikipedia so that you can access it hands free. You can search for pages and articles using voice recognition and when you find what you want it can read you an excerpt.

7. Control Your Inbox

Using Knowmail with Microsoft’s Cortana can help you get a handle on your inbox once and for all! This hands-free system is clever enough to help prioritise important emails, understand your needs and decide on who needs to be replied to first. It helps to boost your productivity by keeping you focused on single tasks at a time while it does all the manual work for you.

8. Ideas and Brainstorming

For those with Amazon’s personal assistant Alexa, you can utilize the creative workings of Giant Spoon, which is a high-profile marketing agency. You can ask Giant Spoon for advice, brainstorming ideas, or help without having to lift a finger. This is particularly beneficial if you are stuck on a project, are a freelancer or looking to impress your boss.

Hopefully this has given you some ideas on how to best utilize your personal assistant but there are so many more out there, we have barely begun to scratch the surface! How do you best use yours?

 

Eran Abramson
Eran Abramson

Eran Abramson has vast background in entrepreneurship, marketing, and content and is an editorial contributor at Knowmail, while also contributing tech and industry related coverage at ReadWrite. VentureBeat, LifeHack, and more.

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