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Hey Alexa, will you be my Valentine? Let your voice assistant to help you with romance

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A romantic home-cooked meal this Valentine’s day? Want to send chocolates or flowers for your sweetheart, but don’t know where to start? Virtual assistants Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant would be able to help you. After all, isn’t that what assistants are for? If you have an Amazon Echo or Google Home device, sweep your sweetheart off their feet this Valentine’s day (or scramble for a gift in the last minute) with these romantic tips.

Make a booking

You forgot to put a table for dinner and are now scrambling to find a restaurant that isn’t fully booked? Instead of desperately scrolling through Yelp and calling restaurants one by one, ask, Amazon, Alexa, Google, or Assistant for help. For example, if you have an Amazon Echo, just say, “Alexa, ask OpenTable to make a reservation,” and you can directly book a table in a restaurant, or to browse through the available restaurants in your area that are not fully booked. Your date will never know that you waited until the last minute to make the booking.

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Cook a delicious meal for two at home this Valentine’s day? Make sure that your nerves are not the cause you to accidentally add way too little salt or too much olive oil. Fortunately, your virtual assistants will ensure that your date will leave impressed after the meal. AllRecipes.com has a Amazon Alexa the skill with which the voice assistant to guide you through 60,000 different recipes. Google Assistant, powered by Bon Appetit, The New York Times, The Food Network, and many more, you can choose from 5 million recipe ideas. In this way you have hands-free access to your favourite recipes, make sure you do not miss an important step along the way.

Dim the lights

Have a set of smart bulbs, like the Philips Hue? You can set the romantic mood by dimming the lights and lighting some candles. But do not ruin the mood by getting up and walking across the room to turn out the lights. With Philips Hue or a smart light dimmer, such as the Leviton Decora, Lutron Caseta, or Belkin Wemo, you can ask Alexa, Google or Assistant dim the lights automatically with just a tap of your smartphone or a simple spoken command. That way you can continue to lock eyes with your beloved forever. Or at least until she is a little creeped out by your penetrating gaze and look away.

Put on some music

Nothing sets the mood like some smooth jazz, romantic classical music, or Guns N’ Roses, if that is what you love. But shuffling endlessly for the perfect playlist on the phone or playing music from your staticky old boom box, there are sure-fire ways to kill a romantic mood. With an Ultrasound device, A Sonos Speaker or Google Home Max speaker, you can just ask Amazon, Alexa, Google, or Assistant to play the music you want to hear, and your virtual assistant will help you by playing music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn radio, or SiriusXM.

Send chocolate

Is your loved one currently on the other side of the country? Distance makes the heart grow fonder, but a beautiful bouquet of flowers or a sweet chocolate can’t hurt. Use Amazon, Alexa, Google, or Assistant to order flowers, chocolates, and other gifts from AmazonFresh Google Express, respectively. These services offer a delivery in a few days or less, depending on where you are, so even if you procrastinated until the last minute to send your gift, it should arrive just in time for 14 February.

Apply it with Amazon, Alexa, Google, or Assistant

Not having a date this Valentine’s day? There is nothing wrong with a cosy night in. But if you’re a little lonely, you can always ask Amazon to Alexa this Valentine’s day-related questions for a chuckle.

– Alexa, will you be my Valentine?

– Alexa, who is your Valentine?

– Alexa, who do you love?

As for Google Home, did you know that your Google Assistant is actually a trained singer? If you want to be serenaded on Valentine’s day, say “OK, Google, serenade me.” Your Google Assistant, will sing you a poem. Hey, at least your virtual assistant is there for you when you need it most.

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