Dot to Dot: A daily 5min Echo demo from Alexa
DTD870 Sound Escape

DTD870 Sound Escape

June 19, 2019

Today's soothing soundscape skill is brought to us by the brilliantdevelopers at Voice Skills Inc (@VoiceSkillsInc on Twitter) - well, one in particular. Nick Sawka serves up a slick demo, along with a sample stunning scene (we can see in today's episode artwork) that's usually shown on your Echo Show screen.

DTD869 Hypno Therapist

DTD869 Hypno Therapist

June 18, 2019

I would tell you more about today's hypnotically-good skill but I've just listened to a snatch of the relaxation session and am feeling far too chilled to summon up the necessary… The necessary… Mmmmmm.

DTD868 Whisper Mode (revisited)

DTD868 Whisper Mode (revisited)

June 17, 2019

SShh - don't tell anyone but we've covered this before. I'm hoping that by my asking Thomas Domville (thomas@themickeyhouse.com) to cover this nice US-only nighttime feature once again, it'll nudge Amazon into bringing it to the rest of us.

DTD867 Secret Animal

DTD867 Secret Animal

June 16, 2019

This skill is a bit like Twenty Questions - covered in episode 4 and then again in episode 730 (because it's so good) - but with everything taken out that isn't an animal and then turned backwards. In this skill the A-lady chooses the animal, and you're the one asking up to 20 Yes/No questions. What's smaller than a dog, doesn't have fur, lays eggs and is a vegetarian? I guess we'll never know…

DTD866 Alexa Skills Spotlight

DTD866 Alexa Skills Spotlight

June 15, 2019

* Warning - lots of "Alexa"s being spoken in today's episode *  Phillip Chalker is back to bring us a brilliant demo of a monthly A-lady skills round-up podcast direct from Amazon HQ. Not available here in the UK, but hopefully where you are.

DTD865 Dream Time and Dream Time II

DTD865 Dream Time and Dream Time II

June 14, 2019

Two beautifully relaxing mood music skills today; the first with over an hour of ambient audio on which to all but physically float away and the second around 30 minutes. Only the whalesong (episode 822) was more relaxing methinks.

DTD864 Radio Mystery Theatre (revisited)

DTD864 Radio Mystery Theatre (revisited)

June 13, 2019

Sometimes you just want to spend half an hour listening to something great. Covered over 500 episodes ago, this one's well worth a revisit. Thomas Domville (thomas@themickeyhouse.com) reminds us why Radio Mystery Theatre is a must-have skill for everyone whose into thrilling audio. If you'd like to submit a demo or two too, please email me at robin.christopherson@gmail.com

DTD863 The Sunken Temple

DTD863 The Sunken Temple

June 12, 2019

Apart from there being no sound effects (sad trombone) this looks like a really good skill full of Eastern promise (well, geometrical promise anyway).

DTD862 Daily Question

DTD862 Daily Question

June 11, 2019

Another fantastic Drew Cosgrove (of all the 'Feel the Pressure' skills and so, so many more) skill today, brought to us by Phillip Chalker from Down Under. It's basically a sonically-sublime daily dose of the 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire' game.

DTD861 Game of Thrones Conquest

DTD861 Game of Thrones Conquest

June 10, 2019

By Voxogenic Technologies again, this one's a great, unofficial Game of Thrones trivia skill wrapped up in a battle to the death. Top tip; just say "B" every time.