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New Amazon Echo Support
#51
George M Wrote:Dean, do I have to use the /echo directory under global actions for it to work? All my global actions are just in the /user directory.

Any legal global actions directory is fine. Make sure that your file is correct, and therefore getting correctly loaded. Check the logs for any errors related to it. You can make it reload by doing:

Alexa, tell [whatever] to run load echo configuration

It should respond that it's loaded the file. If so, you are definitely talking to CQC and the file loaded ok. If it says it didn't load it ok, then there's an issue with the file. Maybe you can post your file as well.
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#52
OK, got a run of global action to work. Has a hard time understanding some of my actions so did a simple "test" and it understood that. Computer kept coming up as komputer, and where I had Goodnight as one word it heard it as two works.

Think i'll let this sink in for now before I work on the "set" commands. Still trying to decide if this way is better/easier than the Hues emulator of "set computer to on"

Thanks all for the guidance.
Thanks
George M
#53
That's one reason you can put in multiple spoken phrases for a given action to handle. Even if the action only really does one thing, you still may want to provide multiple ways that the word might actually be understood and reported by the Echo.

So you can do:

Goodnight
Good Night
GodNight
God Night
Good Knight

and so on. So that, even if it's slightly misunderstood, you'll still handle it.
Dean Roddey
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#54
Oh, and it is more initial work to set up, but ultimately will provide more flexibility, and two way control. For instance, you can do:

Alexa, ask Home is the computer on

and things like that.
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#55
Dean Roddey Wrote:That's one reason you can put in multiple spoken phrases for a given action to handle. Even if the action only really does one thing, you still may want to provide multiple ways that the word might actually be understood and reported by the Echo.

So you can do:

Goodnight
Good Night
GodNight
God Night
Good Knight

and so on. So that, even if it's slightly misunderstood, you'll still handle it.

Right, I'll try that.
Thanks
George M
#56
George M Wrote:OK, got a run of global action to work. Has a hard time understanding some of my actions so did a simple "test" and it understood that. Computer kept coming up as komputer, and where I had Goodnight as one word it heard it as two works.

Think i'll let this sink in for now before I work on the "set" commands. Still trying to decide if this way is better/easier than the Hues emulator of "set computer to on"

Thanks all for the guidance.

George komputer might be interpreted as a germanic pronunciation..... Wink
#57
Dean: Quick question. Can you pass parameters in a Run command, or just Run.
#58
For the run, currently it's just Run. It would require another intent, maybe RunWith, to support parameters. If folks are needing that, it could be done.

Of course, if you just have a small number of options, you could just make them part of the phrases you speak and check for them in the config file and in your handler.
Dean Roddey
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#59
How is it going so far? What are you guys using it for?
Dean Roddey
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#60
Dean Roddey Wrote:How is it going so far? What are you guys using it for?

Dean: So far so good. I'm only competent (that's pushing it also) with Global Actions so mostly working out my invocation names etc. I also think I'll name a lot of skills with different "invocation names" so that instead of Control or Home I could use a more common language sequence. Alexa "warm" living room, where "warm" is the invocation name, and "living room" is a global action phrase that bumps a thermostat setpoint up in temp.

Just trying to make it more WAF friendly, so you don't have to think quite so much about the phrasing. That's the great thing about the driver: flexibility on the action command phrasing. Alexa is till a bit picky on invocation. For example when I say Alexa thermostat, she goes off into device discovery which messes up what I have under Wuench's driver...

I'm also about to attempt to use https with a home grown certificate (that open port is bothering me). Wuench thinks that during testing (which is all we will ever do), they might allow it. Otherwise, I will wait until Amazon opens their own Certificate store (they applied for recently).


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