Amazon’s new Alexa Print feature extends the voice assistant into the physical realm with a slew of new commands that allow the AI to offer a physical response to a question or request. Alexa can print to-do lists, recipes, a weekly calendar, educational content for kids, and even some games, like Sudoku or crossword puzzles, mazes, and more.
The update also allows voice app developers to augment their Alexa skills with printing commands, first promised by Amazon a year ago.
The feature works with any second-generation Echo device or newer and a number of IPP-enabled compatible printers from brands like HP, Brother, Canon, and Epson. (You can check if your printer works with the feature by saying “Alexa, discover my printer.”) Amazon says it will expand to more printers over time.
Alexa has previously been able to print with certain printers — like supported HP printers. But Alexa Print is Amazon’s first attempt to work directly with printer-makers. Alexa Print is a handy feature for those working and/or teaching their kids at home.