Hmmm…That is interesting…do all of the batteries report EXCEPT that one? Did it ever work? Can you copy/paste the output of the Living Logging response here? I would be interested if there is any errors you see in Live Logging as well. Finally, are you using a custom DTH with this device? Or simply the standard one?
Let me know as this SHOULD be an easy one to fix. My bet is that the DTH isn’t sending a properly formatted battery report out. That DOESN’T explain the fact you can query the device manually…but it also means that this should be easily fixable.
Thanks for the reply. All of the batteries do report except the one in the multisensor. I messaged you directly with two live logging files - one for what I see when asking for the battery report, and another for what is generated when I simply as for the status of the sensor.
The ZooZ sensor doesn’t have a “standard” DTH, but the manufacturer was involved with and recommends the community one. The one I’m using is this one:
Feel free to let me know what you think once you get a chance to poke around a bit. Thanks.
I’m using the MediaRenderer Player v2.2.1 DTH by Mujica
It usually works if I already had a song previously queued up on the player. Right now only play pause and stop work. It can be a bit of a tongue twister at first but its entertaining and fun when we have company over. That’s usually when we evoke her to play.
The speakers native app is so easy to use that we mostly just lean on that but being able to tell her to stop or pause when our hands are full is always a plus.
Thanks for the kind word! It is truly a labor of love for the past couple years!
Regarding your question…Alexa CAN NOT wake up on its own and speak. This is a limitation of how Alexa was designed. There is going to be some sort of push notification (i.e. the ring at the top will turn yellow, but you will still need to ask the device to play your messages). This is the most common question and the unfortunately answer right now is: No…you can not do it EXACTLY like that…However, there are ways to accomplish this same goal.
For the Ring, you must integrate the device into SmartThings and it will be viewed as any other device. Then use a program like Big Talker or even WebCoRE to send the alerts/messages to the Ask Alexa Message queue, which will either play when asked on the Alexa or in real time through connected speakers.
Well, that was a whole lot of work to be able to ask alexa about my garage door. Its up and running so now I’ll have to try some more things with it. Thanks for an awesome program.
One comment I got errors buitding the Alexa model on the developer site, I had to build out the custom slots first then drop in the intent schema and sample utterances in order to get it to work and I had to do that from a newly created skill. I’m not sure what went wrong with the first one but I thought you might want to know.
Here is another Friday update. Not much has been going on in the world of Amazon. Everyday I love my Show just a little bit more. I actually added pictures to the background to personalize it a bit more, so it is now part of the family. Still waiting on push, but this week I focused on the little things in Ask Alexa to make the experience better.
For those that are watching, the documentation has been slowly updating along with the app. Again, 30+ pages are not easy to get through, but with the number of people (even novices) that go through this with NO help from the forums and just using the documentation is fantastic, so I have to balance quality and quantity.
Eagle eyed viewers of the documentation will also notice I am adding a new device into Ask Alexa’s repertuar: The Foobot Air Quality monitor. This little device will check your air quality and using functions like WebCoRE, you can do fancy stuff like scheduled home ventilation and such. A big thanks to @Matthew_Freestone for letting me use his device API to design and test this. The integration was spotty with SmartThings, so I also modified the DTH to better work with Ask Alexa and with SmartThings in general. I also feel I need one of these devices now in my household. Matt outlined his experience here: Automating Home Air Quality
With this new addition, I renamed some of the main menu items in Ask Alexa to better categorize the devices that can be used. Switches/Dimmers/Colored lights are now “Lights/Switches). Thermostats/Temperature/Humidity are now simple “Environmentals”. Again, this will help the novice users get up and running without feeling they are day one of flight school
This is so amazing… I did an initial install about 4 months ago and got it working. So much has happened since then. I don’t even know where to start to update to the latest. Probably best just to start over. Any advice? I have my AWS accounts all set up and the groovy code is tied into the main GitHub. Hopefully that will help.
Thanks Michael - I am off work this week and leaving Friday so I will have to upgrade now. I will do another update later. Your advice makes a lot of sense. I will let you know how it goes. One thing I am dealing with at the moment is Alexa confusion because I have both ST and Stringify and Ask Alexa installed. After I get this updated I will probably dump Stringify and convert all my Stringify flows over to CoRE piston scripts.
Cool… I’m slogging through the update. Working on the Developer module in Amazon at the moment. You have done some wickedly cool work here my friend! I can’t wait to get this all updated and configured with phrases that match how we talk. I have been capturing the language we use that Alexa fumbles and plan to code this into Ask Alexa as macros and custom slots. This will be super cool!