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Alexa Software Development & Technical Discussion / First foray - starting points
« Last post by sbparsons on November 16, 2022, 09:30:47 am »

I have a set of home automation devices recognised by Alexa and I can control them easily enough with the standard utterances.

However, I would like to create a few new phrases to be recognised by Alexa and have them trigger a set of existing devices (switches, in this case). As an example, if I were to say 'Alexa, boost the heating for 45 minutes' I would then see a switch for the heating turn on and a switch for the hot water circuit turn on. After 45 minutes, they would both then switch off.

I understand a bit about skills, etc. and can follow the basics (and have done) - but my main question is on how to make use of existing devices already registered with Alexa, such as the switches mentioned above. Are they accessible from within a lambda and if so, how?

Any pointers would be great - even better if there are some resources with examples using existing devices within Alexa.

Ended up doing a factory reset (mute and vol down buttons for 20 seconds) and seems to have worked to send longer messages again.

- incase anyone ever searches for this! :)
Amazon Echo Discussion / Alexa on Android app does not recieve calls
« Last post by qyo001 on November 15, 2022, 09:49:46 pm »
Hello all ,
I am trying to play with Alexa-to-Alexa call , which is a great feature (so nice when someone from your home can call via Alexa directly to your Alexa installed on your Android device). But I am having issue with placing this call .
The outgoing call (from Android to Echo or to Apple's Alexa app) works without any issue. But any Incoming call (from Echo or from Alexa app installed someplace else just dropping.
Is that a known issue ? Any fix available ?
Thank you all for your help!
I haven't! Thank you. I will try.
It's been happening a few months? And not just me, wife gets it too. Mid sentance, even mid word - we get cut off and she asks if we want to send the message?

It's NOT as we're stopping/pausing too long (as happens mid word!)

Appears to be about 10 seconds of message before we're cut off?!
Any ideas to fix?

Never used to be like this.

Edit: Found the old Alexa Echo Dot upstairs works fine (eg 30s+ message) so just the new Alexa Echo dot having issues!?
Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Alexa voice command for Broadlink scenes
« Last post by csumut on November 14, 2022, 09:50:56 am »
Hi after linking Alexa app with Broadlink (not ihc) skill, I use "activate" keyword to run a broadlink scene
e.g. "Alexa, activate day" -> day is one of the names of my scene set.
Have you looked into any of the many ocean sound skills? I'm sure one will work for you.
Hi all,
I tried to set up the Alexa next to my bed to play ocean sounds continuously while I sleep (in replacement of a sound soother). What I've seen other people recommend is to create a "routine." However, I realize Alexa can't just play sounds on loop as a music app can, so this is what I do:

Routine: Play "Ocean Waves by Joe Baker on Apple Music for 30 minutes."
Then, I create routines from 11:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m., then another to 12:30, 1:00... you get the idea. Lots of routines!

For some reason, my ocean waves don't play consistently. Sometimes it will go a whole hour playing nothing at all, and I have to start the sounds manually on my app.

Has anyone tried to make their Alexa into a sound soother? Any tips or tricks that you'd recommend? Thanks!
Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Something Has Changed
« Last post by jwlv on November 12, 2022, 01:55:30 am »
Amazon isn't losing any money if people decide to pay for a different music service. That is, unless people cancel their Prime membership altogether.
Echo Technical Support / Re: Setting Up Without a Phone
« Last post by renegade600 on November 11, 2022, 10:29:17 pm »
Just use the old ssid and password on the new router and nothing will need to change.   
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