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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Alexa report card: could do better
« Last post by jwlv on August 20, 2018, 10:52:16 am »
If you're ready to jump ship, Costco has a 3-pack of Google Minis for $74.99 currently. That works out to be $25 each.

Perhaps I'm just being paranoid, but I think both Amazon and Google are too invasive and infiltrating all our lives. Google owns almost everything on the Internet. If Google decided to de-list this forum from their search engine as well as other web services (namely the Google framework API, Ajax,  pull their ads, etc) this forum would virtually cease to exist as far as the world knows. Amazon can do almost as much since many connected services depend on Amazon's S3 Cloud. I mean things like Uber, Netflix, Pandora, IHeartRadio, all of your smart devices like Wemo, Hue, TPLink, IP cameras, and many other things would no longer work.

Both of these companies have way too much control and I think it's bad, very, very bad. The concept of the internet is distributed computing. Yea, it's still distributed, but under the control of one or two entities. BAD!!!

Maybe one day I'll disconnect from everything and wear a tin foil hat on my head. :) And move into a trailer in the desert and run everything on solar.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Commanding one Echo from another
« Last post by Laurel on August 20, 2018, 10:27:55 am »
Alexa, stop playing in kitchen.

I can't do that with any of our devices. Do you have a skill set?
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Commanding one Echo from another
« Last post by mindmagic on August 20, 2018, 05:35:50 am »
Alexa, stop playing in kitchen.
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Just on a side note Phillippa, I bought a Google mini yesterday, synched it and indeed it CAN filter such information it seems. I've tried it a few times with things that were historical in my diary and things for the future and it seems to be doing well finding things. It can also make free phone calls to mobiles and landlines.
I'm not suggesting that you buy a Google mini but simply the fact that the technology exists for such filtering so I think Alexa will catch up - hopefully before too long. A bit like phone calling on the Alexa, Google Home/Mini have had that for quite some time now but Alexa not - it's coming soon.......... so they keep telling us!
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Commanding one Echo from another
« Last post by Trixi on August 19, 2018, 10:23:46 pm »
If I'm in the living room, with music only in the kitchen, how can i ask living room Alexa to stop the music in the kitchen?
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Still same problem with eWelink dimmer
« Last post by tomsmac on August 19, 2018, 06:34:10 pm »
Have been going round and round with eWelink via email as they of course are in China.

The last suggestion was to reset and repair the dimmer with their app. Of course this didn't work and now I can't even use their app to control the dimmer. Smart life app will not pair with it either.

Clearly an issue with the device or what's more apparent the eWelink servers.

Anyone find a solution?
Thank
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Echo Across the Pond (Europe) / Re: Using calendar for mother with memory problems
« Last post by AlanH on August 19, 2018, 01:02:39 pm »
UK too. I don’t think the Alexa AI is advanced enough yet to understand calendar entries beyond reading them out as they’re written. I would imagine that the syntax for entries would need to follow agreed rules. For example, is “Mum birthday” the same as “Mum’s birthday” and the same as “Birthday - Mum”. “Hospital appointment” could also be just “Hospital” or “Appointment - hospital”.
I’m sure Alexa will get there, but not just yet!
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Alexa report card: could do better
« Last post by scottrods on August 19, 2018, 11:00:32 am »
What I have learned about my Echo Environment, is they seem to do better if you have more of them. They seem to work kind of like the Hue Lighting stuff works... the more you have, the less issues you have getting reaction or action...

I have 8 Devices in a 3 bedroom  house (none in bathrooms) and I NEVER have a missed command. However, I have noticed that my Father in Law has a ton if issues. He is a Bostonian grew up speaking Yankee... his words never sound like English to me either so I cannot fault Alexa for it. Anyone who drives a Car, and possessively states "That's Mayan"... is gonna have issues.

When we only had the 2 devices we had a lot of missed commands and partially understood ones. Since I have filled the house the commands are no longer missed.

None of this will avoid other interference such as a TV show that is loud obscuring what is being said by you, or another person talking or worse yet, Sneezing or Coughing! while you try to command Alexa. But I do have really great results all of the time. And while I'm typing this my wife gets out the vacuum cleaner and is all over the place making noises Alexa cannot negotiate. I hear this one factor is where the Apple Home Pod excels. Supposedly it hears the commands in almost a whisper over loud music even... Haven't experienced that particular part yet. but would be about the only single advantage I personally would see over the rest of the field. I hope the Siri stuff gets better over time. I am interested, just can't make the jump just yet.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Alexa report card: could do better
« Last post by jwlv on August 19, 2018, 10:21:46 am »
I've noticed that Alexa devices tend to become deaf after a while. The fix is to unplug it and plug it back in. Then Alexa can hear a lot better after that.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Alexa report card: could do better
« Last post by asianrocker on August 19, 2018, 08:52:37 am »
Agree OP. I have to tell her my command bajillion times. Everyday!! It has a hard time hearing or something.

Really kills it for me. And I mainly only use it for my lights, nest and timer. That's it!!

Everytime I use it for lights and especially nest. It just annoys me coz of hard of hearing scenario. What a joke.

I literally have to put my mouth in its mic for it to function.
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