[DEPRECATED] EchoSistant Version 4.0 ~ Evolved

OK so I have echosistant up and running great. I’ve been able to set my delayed routines, ask if the garage door is open or closed and close or open it verbally without awkward workarounds. I’ll begin more testing in my home but one thing I’ve had trouble with since I began my home automation addiction is changing the color verbally. My case use is this…almost all my lights are hue but I’d like my 3 br30 hue lights and 2 corner lamps all within my livingroom and I want to use alexa. Me: alexa tell “home” to turn "livingroom " blue? …I have made skills within aws for my bathroom, livingroom, bedroom and kitchen. I just don’t know what to say or how to activate a basic colors change.

Hi Cody,
Choose the color bulbs in the color bulbs section in the profile.

Then say,

Alexa, set the color to xxxx in the living room.

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Nice! Glad is working great for you…try Alexa set Livingroom to blue (assuming you have a bulb named Livingroom). If you have a Profile named Livingroom that has a group of colored bulbs, you can say, Alexa set the color to blue IN the Livingroom…Give those a try and let us know…

sorry I must have missed something but in the latest groovy code for Version:4.0 R.0.2.9 there’s a big reminder at the top to Update line 38 …

however I’m not really sure what I should be doing with Line 38 …??

Please ignore… That is internal use only, for Jason and I to remember to update the current Release number, so we can see from the logs, which version is being used when logs are submitted …

phew thanks !!! Been trying to keep up to date with this thread but thought I hadn’t been paying attention !

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Based on popular demand, we have made some enhancements to the message recording process.

As you may know, EchoSistant allows you to record a free text message that can be later retrieved from any of your Alexa enabled devices. The commands are simple, just say:

Alexa tell < Profile Name > to record a message, followed by the message you want to record. For example:

Me: Alexa, tell Bedroom to record a message: I will be home before 7.
Alexa: ok message recorded

later, you or someone else could retrieve the message by asking Alexa to play the message. For example:

Me: Alexa, ask Bedroom to play the message
Alexa: your last message was: I will be home before 7.

Today’s Update improves the Messaging Process by adding two additional messaging slots and a few new phrases for more natural verbal interaction with Alexa.

You can now use record a message or leave a message (E.G. Alexa leave a message in the Bedroom)
You can ask Alexa how many messages do you have or what messages do you have (Alexa ask Bedroom what messages do I have)
You can also say delete one or more messages or all messages (Alexa delete message 1, 2 or 3 OR delete messages or delete all messages, which ever you want)

As always, thank you for your feedback! The more you ask for features the better EchoSistant becomes!


Jason & Bobby

PS Update Version:4.0 R.0.1.2 - Improved Messaging recording and playback - is live :slight_smile: No other updates needed …

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OK I can say alexa set the color to blue in the bathroom. It works, I have a profile bathroom and have configured it properly. I cannot do the same with my livingroom profile. Is this because I have to many devises with the name livingroom in it ie…livingroom tall lamp, livingroom short lamp, and many more.

That’s great that your bulbs are changing color… They are supposed to, lol

In your living room profile, make sure you selected good color lights in the color lights section of the profile.


this question is not directly related to Echosistant, but since it is involved and now I am trying to upgrade to new version, I thought it would be worth to ask here;
I received an email from Amazon Web services saying my Free AWS period is expiring. Now shall I have to pay for AWS services to continue using Echosistant or other apps like Ask Alexa (custom skills) ?
If yes, is there any possibility to maintain the code on my own web server instead of AWS ?


I wouldn’t be too concerned, I’ve never actually known anyone that has actually been charged. I’ve had my account over a year, and I use it a lot, and have never been charged.

My understanding is that you have to exceed one million lambda request per month, 750 computing hours per month…

Read more about it here.


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thanks. I’ll trust that then…
but in any case I would be more comfortable to save it on my own server.
would that be possible ?

I don’t believe so, but I am not 100% positive of the answer.

My question is not unique to EchoSistent, but definitely related. So, just a little OT. To update from the github integration, both the parent and child(ren) apps show in the “obsolete” category. I just select them both. So far, so good.

But, the child app is not supposed to be published. So do I check the github “publish” button (next to “Execute”)? If not, does that mess up the parent app being properly published? If I do, does that mistakenly publish the child app?

There is no Rule NOT to publish both Apps, is more like a myth. I always publish both. The rule is, NOT to install the child, but I have tried that and nothing bad happened. So you are ok, just publish both

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Another Update related to EchoSistant Messaging …

This time is for the Main EchoSistant app.

You can now say:

Alexa ask Home what messages are for Bedroom
Alexa are there any messages for bedroom IN my Home


Alexa tell Home to delete the messages for Bedroom
Alexa tell Home to delete Bedroom messages

Due to the complexity of the Main Skill structure, to enable this functionality update to Custom Slots and Utterance Sample is required, along with Version:4.0 R.0.2.10 for the Main App.

Have a great weekend!

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Is it possible to send a push notification without sending a text? I can’t seem to get a push notification without enabling text messaging.

Great job by the way.

I’ve duplicated this… It’s s bug. We will get it fixed asap and push an update.

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Wow, quick response. Thanks. Just as an FYI, the Ubi app does a good job of triggering EchoSistant profiles while away from home. Now I can send voice messages while out on the road.


I am using Logitech ZeroTouch… equally great for Alexa on the road, in the car

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