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SmartThings + Amazon Echo Official Integration

There is a command to “pair” which will let you temporarily pair a Bluetooth device with echo. At that point echo becomes a Bluetooth speaker for the other device. So it works the same way as any other Bluetooth speaker. You control sound selection and volume from the other device, not the echo. You can’t do any other echo commands, I think, during that time. You have to pair before you go back to using echo as echo.

So it’s the foundation for something, but not something most people will use in its current state.

This won’t be the case very soon. :wink: We’ll be launching in EU.

I’m sorry, I could have worded that question differently. I did not mean our voice commands to Alexa to control ST. I was wondering what Amazon Echo commands we can send from Smartthings to Echo - i.e. Play Music…

@JDRoberts I was thinking of using a momentary switch, even though there is no “Simulated” Momentary switch. I was looking at the 2 SmartApps the work well with IFTTT but on a momentary switch I don’t want it to turn to a different HH phrase when it is off.

Any ideas?

OK, I figured out the Sonos voice command, just a lot of places to configure and discover on both the ST and Alexa side of the house. Its working great.

I have had my ST since last Christmas, but just have not sat down and spent hours familiarizing myself. I just mounted the Honeywell thermostat yesterday. Once I figured out how to turn off the programmable features of the thermostat and let ST take over, its working great. Now on to the voice commands.

For the thermostat, I added SmartTiles and will be learning how to setup virtual switches, just going to take some time.

II am still looking for a Z Wave controller to go in my ceiling fan housing to control both the fan and the light. I have the little remotes they sell at the big box stores and that’s fine, but I want to give my fans voice commands through Alexa. Will keep looking.
The wall box controls don’t work for me as all my switches are in two or four gang boxes and they just don’t fit.

Thanks for all the help.

The “momentary button tile” in the IDE is a simulated device type. There’s no physical device associated with it, just a tile on the things screen. That’s what I’m using.

Here’s my complete set up:

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Nothing right now. You use Voice commands with echo, and echo passes those along to smartthings. There’s no smartthings to echo direction, yet nor are there for any of the other brands that work with echo.

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in EU
[/quote]Guess again eh :wink:

There is some decent non-cloud-based voice processing is: Android AutoVoice can run offline and it is quite effective. As I may have mentioned before in the forums, I’ve been experimenting with AutoVoice running on an Android tablet, connected to the Android automation app Tasker, which communicates with my SmartThings set-up via SharpTools (an app which is pretty awesome, if you’re an Android user). Because AutoVoice runs offline, there’s no delay for cloud processing.

The biggest impediment I’ve run into is decent mics. The cheapest, competent home automation mic array I can find is more expensive than an Echo. The mic array in the Echo is really impressive. It’s hard to find that kind of audio input technology in consumer-grade products.

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Excellent integration and much needed for Smartthings. Will look for more functionality to replace the sonos to give feedback to the user like door opened status, hello phrases etc…

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Well, that was about as easy as it gets. Set it up in just a few minutes (using JD’s list) and it runs all the on/off and dim commands I ask it to, including my Sonos! I set up a few virtual switches for my HH commands and, vóila, great control. For those looking for a way to make HH commands work easily, I’ve been using SmartRules and it’s been seamless. My ‘on’ command triggers the HH run, as well as an ‘off’ command to reset the virtual switch to off so it’s ready to go again. Day 1: success! We’ll see how tomorrow goes!

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So just to confirm - I cannot currently use my echo to control my locks? Except for setting up a hello home command?

you can’t control it directly as a connected home device from Echo. You can set up a virtual switch that Echo can control and then have either a hello home action trigger from that or some other custom SmartApp. Or you could even even use IFTTT to trigger the lock off the virtual switch if that seems simpler to you. Sometimes it just comes down to what method you’re familiar with.

Can’t wait for the ability to push sound out of my Echo’s speakers (ala Sonos).

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So how do I create a virtual switch again? Also how do I get Alexa to recognize the hello home commands? I have tried like 15 different phrases and none seem to work. Thanks!

Here you go, a new FAQ: :wink:

And while this is possible, I want to echo (some pun intended) what others have said by stating that it is probably NOT a good idea to have security devices connected to your Echo. From what I have heard it would be possible for someone to unlock your house from outside certain doors just by talking loudly.

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The echo integration should have mode selections…

We’re working with what they give us, Mike.

A good caveat to say think carefully before connecting barrier Control devices to the echo.

That said, there are reasons why people would want to do this. just as an example:

  1. you only want a voice control to lock the door, not to unlock it. So yes, a stranger standing in your yard could yell “Alexa, lock the door” and it might lock, but maybe that’s not a problem for you.

  2. you’re filming a poltergeist movie. :ghost::ghost::ghost::ghost:

  3. you only want to be able to unlock the door from inside the house, and you’ve tested shouting from outside the house, and that doesn’t work.

The point is just, that you can do it, and some people might have a reason to do it, but do think carefully before doing it.