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Tooker House Alexa

Amazon's Alexa takes over a college dorm and, yes, she's the RA


Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona is easily the No. 1 school for innovation due to this "techy" addition.

Amazon Echo Dot

Amazon donated 1,600 Echo Dot Speakers to students of the all-new, Tooker House residence hall on campus. The speakers reflect the Fulton School of Engineering’s mission and it’s all about merging the living environment with the learning environment. The Echo retails at a price of $50.

The grand opening of Tooker House, a brand new, high-tech dorm for first-year engineering students at ASU, was this summer. The devices also come equipped with an ASU "skill," built in collaboration with Amazon, which lets students quickly get information on the academic calendar and events on campus just by asking the Echo's Alexa digital assistant. It also includes the normal Alexa features, including setting alarms and playing music.

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For Arizona State, it's a way to ensure its students stay on the cutting edge. For Amazon, it's a part of a larger master plan to work out how it can use the Alexa assistant to own the future of computing. In this dorm, even the laundry machines have Bluetooth to tell you when the cycle is done.

Tooker also sports cutting-edge amenities, including a workspace with 3D printers and laser cutters for students to use. This dorm is designed to be the crown jewel for ASU's Fulton School of Engineering, which it says is the largest engineering program in the country.

Tooker House Alexa

“I think the beauty of it is that they keep adding things to it all the time.”
John Markley, Tooker House student resident

Now, Amazon is working with the university to see how exactly students use it.

“If you have an exam coming up or homework due, it will be sure to help keep you on track,” Markley said.

You might start thinking you have more than one roommate, some may think that's due to Alexa's presence!

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