And if you’re really daring… you can do it the way I just set mine up.
I have the Amazon Echo integrated deeply into my system.
I also have an android app called “Roger” that allows me to talk to Alexa and get responses while away from home.
I just finished setting up the AskAlexa smart app written by @N8XD (well, not finished, but I did just finish the presence sensor parts of the code).
When I’m at home I can do this -
Me: Alexa, ask home for the status of my family.
Alexa: All family members are home (if they are all there)
Alexa: Jason is not present, Justin is not present.
When I’m away from home I have several options:
1 - look in the ST app
2 - look at my Life360 app (I use this integration instead of ST because this one actually works)
3 - tap on the Roger app on my phone and talk into my bluetooth.
For option #3 - I say exactly what I said above and I get a response back in a few seconds telling me what I want to know.
- I can access Alexa remotely and use voice control to control my home.
- I can ask Alexa questions and get feedback from my home automation system through her
I can ask her what the temperature is in the baby’s room… she responds
I can ask her what the thermostats are set to… she responds