Not sure what you mean…I have never seen what you describe, but admittedly I am not 100% sure I understand if I am understanding. I have a virtual motion sensor set up, that when tripped, sets off an Alexa notification. Works every time. Can you explain exactly the components you are setting up and the expected results and the actual results?
Actually, it looks like my routine isn’t working at all. I set up a simulated contact sensor. When I open/close it from the ST app, I see the change in the Alexa app. However, the routine never triggers.
I have seen this as well. Seem Alexa does not actually reliably run ST routines even if they are ‘discover’ by the Alexa app. I would recommend using something like WebCore to run the routine and Alexa ‘speak’ whatever you want it to when the device state changes.
I created a virtual contact sensor that’s controlled by WebCoRE. When stuff happens, it opens the sensor. Then I have a routine in the Alexa app that tells my Echo to speak something when that sensor opens. I can see the virtual sensor open/close in the Alexa app, but the Alexa routine does not fire. What am I missing?
Oh…looks like like I am misunderstanding…however, THAT should work…I just created a virtual motion sensor with my app, put it in a routine and test it…seems to work as it spoke when I activated the motion sensor.
Are you sure you are activating the correct condition for the virtual device? It has to see the transition between one state and another.
Yeah, I’m clearly doing something wrong, but no idea where. Also, if I manually run the routine in the Alexa app, the Echo talks. It just seems to pay no attention to the actual device opening/closing.
This issue is discussed in the FAQ on using the new Alexa feature. Most people with the problem have found that they have to disable the SmartThings skill in the Alexa app and then re-enable it. There is a condition that needs to be set on a sensor when it is first added to Alexa in order for Amazon routines to fire, and it looks like it doesn’t always get set if you’re adding a device after you have other devices already set up. If it doesn’t get set correctly, you can still see the sensor in the Alexa app, it’s just that the routines don’t fire from it.
That could be it. Now it seems I’ve run into a new problem. Since ‘upgrading’ to a Samsung account a few days ago, I can only add/remove devices from the IDE in Incognito mode. Also, I just disabled and (attempted) to enable the Alexa skill only it seems I get an error about ‘authorizing the selected devices failed’.
I have recently purchased a ST (2018) Hub, 2 MP Sensors & 2 Motion Sensors. I will add more over time.
I have a piston set up in WebCoRE to send an SMS when an event happens but would also like to get one of my Echo’s to notify me that the event has occurred. (The Piston does work as intended so far).
I see that Alexa will natively tell me that one of my sensors is open/active but when I add a virtual switch or device, although Alexa detects it as a new device, I cant trigger a routine from it, only use it as an output.
I would like to end my Piston by turning on a virtual switch - Alexa detects that virtual switch has been turned on and then gives an announcement of my choice on my selected echo device.
Is this possible - if so, how?
I have also been trying to set up AskAlexa but run into difficulties but that is a another question!
Ask Alexa is definitely difficult to set up, but if you need help just let me know.
As for your question, you want the Echo to wake up and initiate a conversation instead of being spoken to first. Up until recently that wasn’t possible, but you can now with Echo Speaks. It is not fully supported by Amazon, but seems to work well for having the speakers wake on demand.
Let me know if that helps or if you want assistance installing Ask Alexa.
There’s a simple way to do it, but there’s a trick to it. You need to create a virtual device which is both a Contact sensor and a switch. Then you can turn on the switch from smartthings, that makes the contact sensor look like it’s open, and you can trigger your Amazon routine (not a smartthings routine) from the contact sensor.
See the community FAQ: it’s pretty straightforward once you get the idea of it. You don’t need an Amazon developer account or anything.