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 Post subject: Re: Amazon Echo
PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 14:09 
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 Post subject: Re: Amazon Echo
PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 14:11 
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What happens if you are called Alexa?

You change the name it responds to so as to avoid confusion in the household.

What if you change it to Bill and then you say 'pay bill' and it empties your PayPal account and sends it all to Amazon


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 Post subject: Re: Amazon Echo
PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 14:26 
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What happens if you are called Alexa?

You change the name it responds to so as to avoid confusion in the household.

What if you change it to Bill and then you say 'pay bill' and it empties your PayPal account and sends it all to Amazon

Then it does nothing, because you should have said "Bill, pay bill".

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 Post subject: Re: Amazon Echo
PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 14:51 
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What if you change it to 'spot' and you are reading a children's book about a small dog and you read the book telling the dog to run? What happens then?

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What if you call it 'Amazon' and ask it to pay tax?


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 Post subject: Re: Amazon Echo
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What if you call it 'Amazon' and ask it to pay tax?


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What if you call it 'Amazon' and ask it to pay tax?

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 Post subject: Re: Amazon Echo
PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 17:23 
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Yeah, not really sold on this thing, maybe if it was fifty quid, maybe.

The cheap one is fifty quid.


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 Post subject: Re: Amazon Echo
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It's ok, I've convinced myself it's not even worth that. I'd have a punt for a tenner perhaps.


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That's some pretty solid goalpost moving there.


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 Post subject: Re: Amazon Echo
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Bobbyaro wrote:
What happens if you are called Alexa?


You can change that to either Echo or Amazon, only the 3 choices for now, but doubt it will be long before you can have what you want.

Its getting a surprising amount of use at home, I have the £50 one, but my wife is loving having it play Pearl Jam all day, my son likes to have his Thomas songs (which I uploaded) playing as well.

I've found the sound level from the £50 one to be pretty good, not for a party but fine for every day music.

I was planing to connected to it my AV Amp but I have no idea how to do that, can't find an Aux input anywhere


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 Post subject: Re: Amazon Echo
PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 21:13 
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Can't you just tell it to connect?

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You can change that to either Echo or Amazon, only the 3 choices for now, but doubt it will be long before you can have what you want.

I doubt it. Hotword design is difficult. It has to consist of syllables that don't occur in normal speech or your get lots of false triggers.


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 Post subject: Re: Amazon Echo
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Like the way the syllable pattern "Okay Google" apparently appears in 40% of spoken sentences according to Android phones of my acquaintance.

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 Post subject: Re: Amazon Echo
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Or, 'seriously' can set of siri, eh curio?

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I was going to market a similar device that responded to "Hey, Vzzbux" but I was paranoid that episodes of Bottom would trigger it.

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Or, 'seriously' can set of siri, eh curio?

Yeah.

What?

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Or, 'seriously' can set of siri, eh curio?

Yeah.

What?

I believe this to be a mild ribbing of the forum member Curio, who presumably has a similar issue with "Hey Siri" being set off by the afore-mentioned Curio saying the word "Seriously".

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 Post subject: Re: Amazon Echo
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I believe it may have something to do with a job interview, but I might be getting stories mixed up.

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I also believe that was the case.

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yeah, that was the one.

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Apparently the Echo can drive these: http://www.gearbest.com/smart-lighting/pp_361555.html (there's a plain white one for less money, too).

Disclaimer: I don't know if the bulbs are any good.

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 Post subject: Re: Amazon Echo
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This lookings interesting

https://medium.com/@mmccabe/controlling ... .bqgrckenw

This emulates a Phillips Hue bridge, but you can add non Hue bulbs to it and then control them with the Echo. This guy appears to have got the Easybulbs that I have working.

Having a friend of mine who is a coder look at this, first thing I'm going to do is just run this on a laptop and see if it works, then we are going to do a Thecus app for it with a bit of luck as things that need to run all the time are better off on somthing like that.

Hue price differece as well, I've a lot of G10 in my house, 3 colour bulbs and controller are £150 of Hue, whilst 6 colour G10 Easybulb are £124.


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 Post subject: Re: Amazon Echo
PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 12:55 
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I found a Belkin Wemo plug in the draw where all the console controllers and unwanted remotes live over the weekend.

It was in there as I found it to be total shit, the smart phone control app either lost the plug or spent ages showing a spinning wheel before I could turn it on or off.

As it works with Echo I set it up again on my network.

Next I had to let Echo know about it, Beklin say go to the Echo app, search for the Wemo skill and job done.

Nice and simple aside from the fact there is no Wemo skill in the UK for this >:|

So I go back to the Echo app and from the Smart home menu I tell Echo to scan for devices it can control. It finds the plug.

I have renamed the plug "lamp" as that's what is powers on, so I tell Echo to turn on lamp and it works no issue.

Its been rock solid and so much better than using the Wemo app, so much so I'm getting some more for the house.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 15:03 
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I believe it may have something to do with a job interview, but I might be getting stories mixed up.


Yes. In my interview for the job I now have, my phone activated Siri and said it was nice to be appreciated. It confuses the fuck out of everyone in the room!

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If you say "Alexa, party on" she says "excellent".

That is all.

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 Post subject: Re: Amazon Echo
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This lookings interesting

https://medium.com/@mmccabe/controlling ... .bqgrckenw

This emulates a Phillips Hue bridge, but you can add non Hue bulbs to it and then control them with the Echo. This guy appears to have got the Easybulbs that I have working.


Got all of this working yesterday, can now turn off bulbs on a room basis via Echo, there is a dim option which I need to set up, with this you need to define the % of dim you want.

Have one bulb that won't work, it works fine with the app but not in the HA Bridge, so will be swapping that around rooms to see if its faulty.

Next steps are to get the HA Bridge running on my NAS, its Java so can be done easily. My friend who helped said I should upgrade the RAM on my NAS first as Java can eat a fair bit at times, so waiting for upgrade to arrive.

If anyone is interested let me know, I can pass on my set up which will let you see the syntax etc needed, once you run the Java files its all done via a webpage.

There was also a skill released for Plex this week, will let you play films and TV via Echo. Best to check this out first as it won't work with everything which is annoying. It works with PS4 but not Xbox One

https://support.plex.tv/hc/en-us/articl ... ce-Control


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 Post subject: Re: Amazon Echo
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Echo show has been released today. As usual US only and no UK\EU dates.

It's Echo with a Screen!

https://www.amazon.com/Amazon-MW46WB-In ... ent-btn-20


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 Post subject: Re: Amazon Echo
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My son bought me a Dot for Father's Day. I'm afraid that I rarely plug it in.

It's a fun gadget, but I can't really see a use for it, considering the other gadgets we already have at our disposal.

Also, I'm resisting the Internet of Things as I don't want the Russians hacking my freezer and ruining my frozen goods, and I also don't want anyone listening in to any conversations going on in my house. That remind's me, I must stick some Blutac over all the lenses of devices with onboard cameras.

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My son bought me a Dot for Father's Day. I'm afraid that I rarely plug it in.

It's a fun gadget, but I can't really see a use for it, considering the other gadgets we already have at our disposal.

Also, I'm resisting the Internet of Things as I don't want the Russians hacking my freezer and ruining my frozen goods, and I also don't want anyone listening in to any conversations going on in my house. That remind's me, I must stick some Blutac over all the lenses of devices with onboard cameras.


Its better when you have other systems you can use with it. We have no light switch at the bottom of our stairs for some odd reason so I have a Wemo plug with a lamp on the landing. We can turn that on from downstairs with an Echo then off later from one upstairs. Also have a couple of other lamps where the plug is a pain to reach set up in the same way.

Then I can control the heating via Hive as well, and also the TV (on\off pause play) using the Harmony. If you have the time and skills you can do a lot more with Kodi and Echo as well. Plex can be controlled as well much better that the out of the box Harmony, you can say stuff like "play *Film or TV Show*" at the moment this only works on selective Plex interfaces, I can do it on the web interface on my PC, but it won't work on the Xbox One app.

I'm going to do more Hue bulbs later in the year as well.

All in all I like it, but I had a lot of the other things I've mentioned here before I got the Echo's


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