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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: customize question to get the same result
« Last post by FarmerBob on March 20, 2019, 11:02:34 pm »
I'm finding it's a crap shoot as to what you have to say to get what you want. I have said one thing, one time and it worked. The next time, it didn't. DISH. I say "Echo Pause Hopper." It does. I say, "Echo Play Hopper and I either get an "I don't know that" or she makes some excuse and starts playing music from a recommended source and when I snap "ECHO STOP!!" the Hopper plays. Alexa has gotten really dumb since the first of the year.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: customize question to get the same result
« Last post by scottrods on March 20, 2019, 09:16:44 pm »
Currently I say “alexa tell youtube to play jazz music” and it plays jazz music from youtube.

Is there a way to configure alexa to perform the same task, by saying “alexa play jazz music” ?

And can I replace the word “jazz” with a variable for any music genre I ask alexa to play?

Thanks

Best I can tell, the answer is no on the Youtube thing... You can set it up to use a Music service to play music and pick which one is your default source, but youtube isn't in the list if available sources for music.

If you have a Spotify, Amazon Music, or one of about 10 or 12 sources in the list Amazon provides, you can specify which one is used as default. You will still be able to override the default by asking for another specific service source as well, such as you have been doing already asking for Youtube to play your genre. It's all about compromise because no one Assistant has them all, and some items (like youtube) may not be available on any of them without the specified command of "youtube".
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Amazon Echo Discussion / customize question to get the same result
« Last post by aristosv on March 20, 2019, 11:43:14 am »
Currently I say “alexa tell youtube to play jazz music” and it plays jazz music from youtube.

Is there a way to configure alexa to perform the same task, by saying “alexa play jazz music” ?

And can I replace the word “jazz” with a variable for any music genre I ask alexa to play?

Thanks
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This is my first attempt at making an Alexa skill so I may be doing a lot wrong here. I've made a custom skill, a session begins when somebody says "Alexa run invocation name". From then on, the echo takes every comment as an intent even without saying "Alexa". That means that even if someone says "wow that's cool" or "how do I make it do blah blah blah", it recognises that as an invalid intent and ends the session which means I need to restart the session and I lose all the session variables. Is this how all custom skills work? People are constantly making comments and shutting down the session. Is there something i'v done wrong?
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Would like to control Alexa from out by the pool
« Last post by raeaa on March 18, 2019, 05:30:59 pm »
k9kids: 
Talk about thinking outside the box!  Great idea!  Thank you!
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Your Provider Can’t Do That!
« Last post by scottrods on March 18, 2019, 07:53:16 am »
Change the name of the room to something else (TV Room, Sitting room...) or change the name of the bulb which I will for the sake of argument ASSUME you have the bulb and the room named the same thing... which is a no-no in the Alexa systems... If the room and the bulb share the same name it usually gives you a "multiple devices share the same name" message and does nothing... but I have had a time or two I had to work out similar issues due to this with no indicators at all.

Name the Light you're trying to turn on/off something like "Corner light" and the room name stays the same as it is... if that is the issue, this should cure the problem. Once the room and the bulb have different names, you can use both to turn that light on/off if you only have the one bulb in that room.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Your Provider Can’t Do That!
« Last post by renegade600 on March 18, 2019, 04:59:57 am »
where is the bulb located, in a floor or table lamp or ceiling?   if lamp, is it a three way?   does it have an electronic switch?  or a button you push or turn?   
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Your Provider Can’t Do That!
« Last post by jwlv on March 18, 2019, 02:43:56 am »
That is strange. The one last thing I can think of is the firmware. Make sure all your Hue bulbs are running the same version.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Your Provider Can’t Do That!
« Last post by Clemdog on March 17, 2019, 12:53:42 pm »
Lately one of my Hue bulbs will no longer turn on or off. I get the response “your provider can’t do that.”
What’s odd however is that I CAN say turn light to 100% or whatever % and it will respond to that.  It’s just on or off that gets the provider response...
Anyone know what’s going on?

Only 1 bulb is doing that? How many other Hue bulbs do you have? And all of the other ones are working fine?
Maybe disconnect that 1 bulb, factory reset it, and the set it up again as new. Might also be helpful to power cycle everything, including all of the Hue bulbs, the Hue bridge, and your Echo devices.

I have three bulbs in the house. The other two work as they should.

I’ve deleted and added back the living room light with the same exact results. No direct on and off but it will set the light at whatever percentage I ask...
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: hello from Mike
« Last post by scottrods on March 17, 2019, 10:22:26 am »
I am new at this forum. What are you talking about?

Communications on the Echo devices, requires proper set up. This enables a user to Make calls using the Echo device, by asking the Echo to "Call My Wife" or "Call 222-345-9876" or a real phone number... The contacts list, on the phone used for set up, is the reference material for calling by name, so having a good clean set of names and numbers on your contacts list is very important... It is a really cool feature when you're just sitting and reading and you reallize you need to call someone real quick, you won't have to go hunt your phone or even pick it up to make a call.
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