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Alexa 'Routines'
#1
So I saw this today. I'm not sure what it really means. It's hard to understand. On the one hand, it almost sounds like a way to support our ability to support arbitrary commands and queries without the extra 'tell bubba to' syntax, but I can't quite figure out whether that's true or not. Or is it just an expanded version of their existing home automation commands? Those are interesting but limited. If this is just a slightly less limited version of that, it's a lot less interesting. But if there were some way to have our current cake and eat it without the extra syntax sprinklings that would be worth digging into.
Dean Roddey
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It does allow you to set a routine in the app. So any smart home devices can be turned on/off set to away etc. but all the programming is done in the Alexa app. They do also now support scenes in the app. For example all my favorites in my harmonys are a scene. Also the scenes in the SmartThings app are there.

Definitely poke around and do a little more research. Between native smarthime skills, native home entertainment skills and scene support you can pretty well do whatever you want.
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It won't ever replace our current stuff though. If it doesn't allow for arbitrary commands and queries it'll be considerably less powerful.
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Yeah and the work is already done. Do you have any numbers on who is using the current implementations?
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