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Echo Technical Support / Echo keeps changing its status
« Last post by txakura on November 05, 2021, 02:09:08 am »
We've had a 4th Gen Echo for quite a while.  I installed a wi-fi extender in the same room because of spotty coverage, and since - until just recently - we've had no problems.  However, right now, it's been going through a whole long list of changes; from not responding at all, and then having the color of the ring at the bottom changing for no reason - including the color not fading.  I moved it to another room easily within range of the wi-fi of my router, and upon restarting, the color ring ended up bright red, the time was again shown for the first time in a couple of days, and the action button was also red.  Upon pressing the action button, the red color faded and Alexa responded for the first time in the same couple of days.  I then moved the Echo back to its (supposedly) permanent location, and restarted it.  "Hello" came on, but the time didn't.  When I pressed the action button, all the lights went out, as expect, and Alexa responded to commands.  So... how come no time?  ...and how can I deal with an Echo this schizophrenic?
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Alexa New Technology Day 1 Editions / Re: anyone get an invite to Day 1 stuff yet?
« Last post by renegade600 on November 01, 2021, 03:13:20 pm »
I am trying for the robot but nothing yet.   
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Voice User Interfaces and Cognitive Labor | Survey Screener
« Last post by swaldrop on November 01, 2021, 02:43:52 pm »
Hi there,

I know you must get a ton of these requests but I would sincerely love your help with my study!

My name is Stephanie and I am a designer and design graduate student at the University of Washington in Seattle. For my thesis, I am investigating current practices around voice user interface devices (i.e., Alexa, Echo, Google Home, etc.), cognitive labor, and reduction of cognitive load in the context of the home.

Here are a couple examples of cognitive labor:
Planning a vacation: deciding the itinerary, deciding when to buy tickets, picking the hotel, deciding which restaurants to try.
Planning a birthday party: creating the invitation, deciding the attendee list, managing correspondence with guests, deciding on party favors to purchase, ordering food.

I am particularly interested in how couples living in the same household manage and distribute their cognitive labor and how couples might use voice user interface technologies to help with their domestic productivity and cognitive load reduction (i.e., using these devices to help manage your tasks, add reminders, add meeting invitations, set timers, etc.).

I would like to learn a bit about you and your partner to determine if you are eligible for this study. This study will consist of one 60-90 minute interview for a $30 gift card. Your partner is also invited to participate in the study but it is not required ó all interviews will be conducted individually and they will also receive a $30 gift card for their interview. They must also complete this survey.

To be eligible for this study, you must own a voice user interface device.

You can participate in this study if you live anywhere in the US and any reporting of your participation will be anonymous.

The interview will be conducted over Zoom, however if you are fully vaccinated, I also invite the opportunity to complete the interviews in-person, if you are in Seattle, where my research is based.

If selected after the initial meeting, I would ask for your commitment to a week-long diary study activity and an exit interview.

After filling out this 10-minute survey, you will hear about whether you qualify to participate, and any next steps for enrolling in the study.

Here is a link to my survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfkMvHEnlHGcaPo9uJVPK-cTJEjwgJFHp3H7iwF0Mi2ES_-zQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Here is a link to my website: https://www.stephaniewaldrop.com/

Questions: Please don't hesitate to reach out to Stephanie Waldrop ó swaldrop@uw.edu. These responses will not be shared with anyone else.

Thank you!
Stephanie
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Alexa New Technology Day 1 Editions / anyone get an invite to Day 1 stuff yet?
« Last post by jwlv on October 31, 2021, 07:22:21 pm »
Just curious if anyone got an invite to the Day 1 stuff yet?

Specifically, I'm interested in the Astro robot and the Ring always home drone.
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Alexa Tips & Tricks / Re: Whole house music HOW TO
« Last post by David N on October 30, 2021, 05:50:16 pm »
That all sounds really complicated.
I use the echo link in my system. CD player & turntable connects to the link and can also connect mp3 player, phone or computer to the link with 3.5mm cable. Set my distribution in the alexa app to everywhere and music plays on my home stereo system and every echo around the house.
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Need help! Does anyone have or know if it is possible to have a command to Alexa on the fire HD tablet to only play videos that are downloaded in prime video
 
i am trying to use this as a rear seat entertainment for our toddler, and would not mind using a little cell data for Alexa to work but donít want to stream video over data
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Alexa Tips & Tricks / Whole house music HOW TO
« Last post by tngw1500se on October 29, 2021, 06:31:26 pm »
HOW I DO IT: I have a Echo dot downstairs named "stereo", it's hooked to three amplifiers with the 3mm stereo cable. Those amps are turned on with a Alexa routine by saying "Alexa turn on the stereos". Then I ask any of my other echo devices to play a song on the stereo (Remember the DOT downstairs is named stereo). The dot named "stereo" plays the music and it comes out of my whole house speakers. I control the volume by saying "Alexa, set the volume on the stereo to 8 (or whatever). 

I can also choose to play sound from my PC on those same amps. I have a DPDT relay:



https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LWX491K/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&th=1

that I use to switch between the dot and the PC inputs. It also comes in 12 volt versions. I just cut and stripped the 3.5mm input cables. One input from the DOT, the other from the PC. The output from the relay splits to all three amps.

I use a smart plug I named "sound switcher" to switch a power adapter on or off. It has a 5 volt DC adapter plugged into it. When I say "Alexa turn on sound switcher" it turns on the adapter and powers the relay. The relay then switches inputs (both left and right channel) to the PC. When the adapter is off, the input comes from the DOT by default.

The relay just switches the left and right 3mm cable inputs. I left the ground connected on both all the time.

Works great. I have 6 sets of speakers in my home but if you live around me, you may already know that.
 8)

NOTE: I can switch the amps on and off separately. One is named Livingroom. One is named "Shop" and the third is named "Bathroom" but all three can be controled with a group by saying "Alexa turn on the stereos".

NOTE: PC volume is controlled by the PC volume setting.

NOTE: Dot named stereo is always set on mute and drop in is set to off with notifications also off.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Unable to setup an old echo dot (2nd Gen)
« Last post by jwlv on October 27, 2021, 10:48:21 pm »
If your Dot 2nd gen is in setup mode, it should be blinking an orange light. If it is not doing this, then you cannot set it up and there will be no amazon - XXX WiFi.

To reset your Dot 2nd gen so that it goes into setup mode, press the Mic button and the volume down button at the same time and hold for at least 10 seconds.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Unable to setup an old echo dot (2nd Gen)
« Last post by pratik0807ray on October 27, 2021, 03:06:41 am »
Hi All,

I'm very new here and coming to you people for help. I have a second generation old echo dot, which was disconnected for the better part of last year. Now, when I tried to set it up newly again, I'm unable to get connected to it automatically. It says that local area network connection is not given. I am in iOS, and when I try and check the Alexa app settings, I do not find an entry for local area network. Neither does the app request this permission while being re-installed.

Even in manual mode I am unable to set up because the Amazon - XXX Wi-Fi does not simply come up. Note that everything else goes fine, only there's no Amazon Wi-Fi when searched.

Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you all in advance.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Echo with Brinks/alrm.com to arm/disarm?
« Last post by kenf on October 25, 2021, 10:24:22 am »
thanks, but no bueno.  They say they have a skill called "Brinks Home Security" but it's not coming up in search.

I think there's a disconnect with them and what they offer.  ADT had the same problem.
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