Give the time in Routines
Presently we are able to get the News, Weather, or Traffic in a Routine. But right now we can’t get a simple time-stamp in a Routine. It would be nice if I could verbally trigger a Bedtime Routine that adjusted lights, temperature, and said “It’s 11:23pm. Good night!” It would seem rather simple to add this capability; wouldn’t seem any more difficult than News, Weather, or Traffic.
Gary Foord commented
My mum has dementia & it would be very helpful if a routine could independently be able to state the current time (in either 12/24hr mode), the date & day of week. She does already have a dementia clock that shows this information, but for Alexa to speak it would be fantastic. This feature should be very easy to implement.
Cynthia Petelo commented
When creating a new Routine, one of the Actions you can choose is “Alexa says...” There is a whole myriad of things you can have Alexa say (Phrases, Sing a Song, Tell me a fun fact, etc.), but the one option that is surprisingly absent from the list (and seemingly simple) is “Tell me the time.” How can this one have been missed?