My Amazon Echo Dot (which really means “Alexa”) does the following two things for me:
Setting timers for unpredictable events (remind me in 20 minutes to let the dogs in; remind me in 2.5 hours to check blood glucose; remind me to pick up my wife at the end of her shift, etc.) But even so, it’s just an alarm with no context, so I still have to remember what each alarm means. I suspect there is a “skill” available to assign a message or meaning to each alarm, but I’ve not looked into it yet.
Turns on pedastal fan on the other side of the room, via Wink integration. Still can’t figure out how to turn the fan off… I have to grab a phone or tablet to use the Wink app.
To be honest, I’ve not spent more than 30 minutes tinkering with Alexa yet.
As for the Smalt… yeah, I thought I was watching an SNL commercial parody. And I happen to own a battery-powered pepper grinder with an LED light, no less! In my defense, I can’t often grip & twist a good pepper grinder (curse you, arthritis!), and it does a very good job of pepper grinding.