So yesterday I learned that Alexa will now lock my locks.
Me: Alexa, lock the front door.
Alexa: Locking, Hang on.
Alexa: SmartThings locked the front door.
Wow, cool even tells me it’s done. But it still doesn’t work in routines. So back to the virtual switches for me.
You could use an app like Ask Alexa to do that…just released a new version a few minutes ago. The installation is well documented, but rather involved.
All, this is a new thread from my conversation in the Alexa Helper area (
[RELEASE] Alexa Helper)
I am officially announcing my new Ask Alexa Smart App. This is what a lot of us have been looking for when it was announced that SmartThings would work with the Amazon Echo (‘Alexa’). Unfortunately, the integration was one-way and limited. You could not query your devices to find out their status, and you had NO access to modes, SHM or routines. I attempted to fill the gap with Alexa Helper, and it did a great job at giving you additional control over items using simple on/off commands. I even got into the ‘feedback’ piece by sending a voice output to a Sonos speaker. But, I always felt this was a ‘hack’…why ask a speaker (Alexa) to report out on another speaker.
Well, with the guidance of @N…
I have ask Alexa installed. I just like my good night routine.
At first I even thought it was ask alexa locking the door but then remembered it’s called the house
Understood…Maybe I am misunderstanding you…you CAN Run a routine from Ask Alexa…I do it all of the time:
Alexa, Tell SmartThings “Good Night” (which “Good Night” is a routine that turns off lights, sets the mode and locks the door).
Either way, here is the new version:
Announcing version 2.2.2 of Ask Alexa
I am pleased to announce the 2.2.2 version of Ask Alexa. In this version I continue (along with help from the community) to evolve the application to allow more conversational syntax, along with adding more functionality for existing and new devices. I also received a great addition to the utterances by
@M3Rocket. This allows for even more natural requests for the devices you already have set up in your environment.
PLEASE NOTE: Now that this app is rather stable (It is now 1 year + old!) now I will be updating it less frequently except for bugs and new features. I am waiting for Amazon to release their ‘push’ notifications where some amazing stuff will happen with this app. Until then, if you do have a great feature idea for this app, just let me kno…
There are rumors that you can even get the status of your locks… Alexa, is my door locked? Does it work for your locks?
On the other hand, who needs virtual switches and awkward phrases when you can use custom skills?
Want to say: Alexa tell my home Good Night, so you can run a routine that locks your house?
Want to say: Alexa turn on/off the TV, so you can start a Harmony activity
Want to say: Alexa, what’s the temperature in my Home
Want to say: Alexa turn on the TV in the bedroom, so you can start a Harmony activity from a secondary Harmony hub?
Want to say: Alexa, close the garage door in my Home
Want to say: Alexa remind me to take the turkey out of the oven… in 2 hours…so you can get a text or an audio message 2 hours later, that is time to “take the turkey out”?
Well give EchoSistant a try. No virtual switches, no awkward phrases, no wasted time to set up. Just install it and use it…
Version 4.0 of Echosistant
Release Version 0.2.12
Release Date 03/13/2017
*** It is highly recommended that you perform a complete uninstall and reinstall from any previous
versions to version 4.0. We understand the inconvenience that this causes, but we can ensure you,
it will be worth the time and trouble.
Additions to this code include:
Release metric system weather 2.0
Added new category for Window Coverings
When telling a lock to lock, that is already locked, it will respond that the lock is already locked!
There are too many changes to list here. The app has gone through a complete makeover.
Please see the Wiki for the full Official List of EchoSistant Commands
Why yes it does. Alexa is the bar door locked? Checking, SmartThings says the bar door is unlocked.
I do not have Echosistant installed yet, but I will. I have been trying to take it slower while I install a few devices at a time. 61 down 29 (for now) to go
Good luck! Taking it slow is the best approach … Don’t do it like I did…Jump from 30 to 200+ and then slowly take them down to about 100 when you get tired of chasing stuck devices and dead batteries…At least I can do it fast now with Echosistant. Alexa, how many devices have low batteries, in my home? And Alexa how many inactive devices are in my home!
The great thing about EchoSistant… You just install it, then minimal configuration, and you start using it…
Choose all of your devices in as many configurations as you want… No strict rules. No strict phrases.
You want to change the temp… No configuration, no nothing. You choose your device and tell the house it’s cold… It turns up the heat for you and it doesn’t care what mode the a/c is in.
And it’s getting better every day…
Oh… Want multi room control??? Easy… It’s built in!