Actually this is exactly what people have been asking for. The ability for echo’s to make announcements. And being able to query device status is icing on the cake. I’m sure they will be adding other features to this.
High level, I think the big deal here is that Alexa has now moved past home control to home automation Samsung, Wink, Control4, etc. should be watching very closely.
This is really exciting - I’ve been avoiding learning Jinja templating in Home Assistant. Hurray!
It’s too bad I didn’t upload any chimes, sirens, alerts, sounds, etc. to “My Music” library on Amazon now that they don’t allow any uploads of personal music/files anymore. I would’ve been able to have Alexa play those short sounds if I did so. I guess I will keep LANnouncer still for those types of notifications.
Looks like I’m going to start looking for a bunch of cool sound effects for sale.
My friend, who does community theater, just recommended this sound effects album. It has chimes, sirens, fighter jets, tigers, etc. Now where could I use a Tarzan yell?
I can see my house getting very annoying very fast with clock chimes every 15 minutes, dogs barking when someone comes around, camera click sounds for intruder photos, sirens when something is moved, and more…
My Wife is already rolling her eyes!
I set up announcements for a few contact sensors as I went to bed last night, and got a pretty low-key “garage door open” alert this morning when my wife left for work. Awesome! Glad I held out and didn’t mess around with extra connected speakers or door chimes to get this functionality. Now hopefully I’ll know if my 3yo ever decides to make a break for it…
Now that we have this, the next tweak I’d like to see is to be able to select more than one device, or a device group, to send announcements to. It’s annoying enough that I have to create a separate routine for every contact sensor, I don’t want to have to duplicate them all so I can hear the announcements upstairs and downstairs…
Anyone in the UK seeing this ? I don’t think the UK App/Skill has been updated yet.
Not seeing the ability to trigger routines with sensors in my Alexa Android app…yet. She is responding to questions like, “is the kitchen window open?” No update available for the Alexa app in the Google Play Store. Anyone else with Android have the capability in the Alexa routines?
Do you have to be a prime member to add music for Alexa to play specific tracks or can you save mp3s to an AWS account?
I’m running Client Version 1.24.203286.0 and Bridge Version 2.2.218132.0, if that helps.
Is it just US only so far, I don’t have it in the UK?
I created a simulated contact sensor. Virtual. But how do I get it to report opened if the monitor on my laundry outlet dips below one watt?
I have my sensors listed in the Alexa App in SmartThings, but I can’t access any of the attributes via voice (for instance).