So finally the Amazon is catching up with its smarter group of Alexa 3rd party developers. They finally announced today, the official integration of temperature status updates. A feature that has been available for a long time to ST members using the @MichaelS s Ask Alexa app or more recently EchoSistant.
The temperature status updates seem to be available for the main connected Thermostat Players, at the moment. I hope the Home Automation companies will update their skills soon.
Looks like it’s just available for connected thermostats that have native Alexa skills. I don’t see it for wink or Insteon, for example. So it’s not just that smartthings doesn’t have it. It’s that thermostats got it. Not hubs.
Actually, because both are 'skills", YOU actually define the invocation name. So, Ask Alexa is capable to respond to “home”, or even a room name. So you can say “Alexa, turn on the light in this room” and it will operate. And, I just added instructions to allow for a multi room install.
If you need assistance installing either, the wiki or the community can assist.
Tastes sweeter! lol and with a little naming creativity, you would not even realize that you are using a custom skill but still get all of its benefits. The ask/tell/use connectors. are a thing of the past.
That’s exactly it. I couldn’t get it to work either until I excluded my Ecobee3s from the ST <-> Alexa integration and ran discovery in the Alexa app to pick up the thermostats directly. Now it works like a charm, and even queries the remote sensors.
(Jason "The Enabler" as deemed so by @Smart)
It doesn’t work for me and my direct Nest to Echo integration. When I ask the question it just ignores me and says nothing. Standard alexa is so limited. I just treat it as an alternative to a light switch and a slightly enhanced speaker. Everything else is just so meh…
In the US, we get an email from Amazon every Friday listing what’s new. The temperature feature was listed on the one for this week. But the other featured skills were about the Oscars, so it might be region specific.
Do you get a similar weekly email in the UK, and if so does it mention the temperature feature?
@JDRoberts is always right, don’t you know it? Here is the proof…
“Today we are happy to announce support for thermostat query, a new feature for Alexa skills developed using the Smart Home Skill API. The feature is now available in the US, with support for the UK and Germany coming soon.”