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Need app for general interfacing to replace the To-Do list hack

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The only way to currently interface with unsupported hardware is with the To-Do List hack/kludge. Could somebody please make an app that would simply send an HTTP GET or POST message to a (local?) IP address configured by the user? It would contain the words that Echo heard and maybe the date and time. Each one would be a separate parameter in the message.  Then all the techies out there could write a simple (Rasp Pi?) program to receive the message, parse it, and then programmatically interface with whatever device is accessible to the Rasp Pi (or whatever). That might be X10, ZeeBee, a hub, or ANYTHING else. Comments?


Re: Need app for general interfacing to replace the To-Do list hack
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2015, 12:42:36 am »
I don't have access to the beta SDK, but here's another hacky (but neat!) solution if you haven't seen it:

http://www.aftvnews.com/controlling-the-amazon-fire-tv-with-the-amazon-echo

Re: Need app for general interfacing to replace the To-Do list hack
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2015, 10:09:31 am »
Thanks for the info. It's a clever hack!
Hopefully there will be a simple way to interface "things" in the future.

Re: Need app for general interfacing to replace the To-Do list hack
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2015, 10:08:24 am »
I'm still waiting for my sdk invite, so I'm hoping to see if I can reverse engineer the communication protocols and do something similar. has anyone managed to get a network capture of the messages that are sent between Echo->Amazon->Echo? That last leg of the conversation would be interesting to me. This would be easier if Echo had a wired connection, then it would be a simple matter of sniffing (and possible some form of SSL MitM), but right now I have to set up a wireless system just for this which I haven't had time to do yet.

Re: Need app for general interfacing to replace the To-Do list hack
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2015, 09:26:27 pm »
Could somebody please make an app that would simply send an HTTP GET or POST message to a (local?) IP address configured by the user?

Take a look at the amazon-echo-ha-bridge.  I explain how I'm using it here.  You can say "Alexa turn on <name>" or "Alexa set <name> to 30 percent", and send those commands via HTTP to an a specified IP address.