Amazon has made their Echo Buttons far more useful by now allowing them to be used as a physical way to trigger an Alexa Routine. With the flexibility of Alexa Routines, the Echo Buttons can now be used to turn lights on or off, control music, tell you the weather, start your flash briefing, and several other functions. Simply edit or add an Alexa Routine in the Alexa app and select Echo Button as the trigger option. The number of Alexa skills that use Echo Buttons is close to 200, but the vast majority are just games. This newly added capability for Echo Buttons has made them much more than just a novelty item. A pair of buttons cost $19.99, but they’ll very likely be on sale during Black Friday for $14.99 or less.