There have been requests for many new and interesting features for the EchoSistant. We would love to develop them all, but we cannot work on all of them at the same time So we need your feedback on what should we tackle next:
Virtual Presence using Alexa - an interesting request came from @femwitjava to add a check-in/out for people coming and leaving the house. When arriving, have them say: Alexa, check in < Profile / Name > and when departing, have them say: Alexa, check out < Profile / Name >. This is an excellent idea for those without a location tracker. When creating a new Profile, you can enable a “virtual Presence”, which would generate a device (a virtual presence sensor) that can then be updated via ST app or voice (check-in/out command).
The second project, which we think is equally interesting, came from @greg - to have a guest PIN number that is timed to expire in X hours/days. This is also an excellent idea for those who have temporary visitors. You don’t have to give out your “master” PIN number, you set a temporary PIN, which automatically expires in a set number of hours or days. Again, in app and voice activated would be available.
I have multiple echo dots, probably a lot of people have more than one . Is it possible that EchoSistant implements “context” sensitive commands to a specific Dot? You now have to use a profile and address that via Alexa with a specific command. Is it possible to have the EchoSistant couple a specific Dot to e.g. a room and just say lights on/off and it will only apply to the things in that room/profile/dot?
I would like to know if it is possible to do 2 commands in the same string without a followup. Alexa, tell the living room I am on my way and turn off the lights. Alexa, Message sent, lights turning off.
Thanks to everyone who voted or provided feedback. The new feature is now live. I hope you make good use of the check-in / check -out feature using the virtual presence. Many thanks to @femwitjava for the great idea. @greg this doesn’t mean that temporary pin and the pin prompt restrictions will not be implemented. In fact, I am currently working on the restrictions now, as I thought that was a great idea. Thank you and keep the feedback coming!