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Domino’s is arguably not the best pizza in the world. But it’s pizza. And, if you have an Amazon Echo, you can order it without opening an app, touching a keyboard, or making a phone call. This makes for a great look at using one of the skills options in Alexa to extend the usefulness of an Echo. To do so, you’ll first setup a Domino’s account (aka Pizza Profile). Do that at Dominos.com (avoiding any conflicts with the Noid along the way). Screen Shot 2016-05-31 at 8.34.41 AM Also setup an Easy Order, which is the kind of pizza that Alexa will order each time you tell her to do so. Once done, you’ll need to enable the Domino’s skill. To enable the Domino’s skill. A skill is an extension of an Echo. Think of it like an App Store on an iPhone. In this example, I’ll use my desktop to enable the skill, but the process is the same when run using the Alexa app. First, open the web interface at http://alexa.amazon.com. Then, click on Skills in the sidebar along the left side of the screen and click on Enable. Screen Shot 2016-05-31 at 1.11.30 AM You’ll then be prompted to provide a username and password for your Domino’s profile. Enter that and then click on Link My Pizza Profile. Screen Shot 2016-05-31 at 8.37.18 AM After a brief moment, Alexa will tell you that the skill was successfully linked. Close this window. Screen Shot 2016-05-31 at 8.38.18 AM Now, you’ll see that the skill has been enabled and can easily be disabled if you decide that there’s better pizza to be had by clicking on the Disable button. Screen Shot 2016-05-31 at 8.44.10 AM Now, just say “Alexa, open Domino’s and place my Easy Order” and then as your tummy grumbles, simply say “Alexa, ask Domino’s to track my order” to check the status.

June 4th, 2016

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