Sunday Alexa Post

WELL! You learn something new every day. Just had a call from a pal of mine (we both have multiple Amazon Alexa units around the house). Not only can you now call the thing “computer” – but one can now call the other…   so “Alexa, call house” rings the house Alexa from my office and makes an Intercom call – love it.

I really do wish they’d offer way more flexibility with keyword naming however. It is pretty much impossible to hold a Skype conversation about the subject without using the word “Alexa” at which point the units on either side of the call start apologising. I can’t imagine “computer” is the best idea either…

Imagine the conversation…. “Yup, I was just upgrading the computer the other day”. “I’m sorry, I didn’t understand…”

A key word like abracadabra might be nice – something you don’t use umpteen times a day.


18 thoughts on “Sunday Alexa Post

    1. Can you check your routines. In my Alexa mobile app I can see all my devices but when I am trying to create a routine, I see listed only one. If I unplug that one I see another, so it is possible to be a bug in the application ? I have the latest version of mobile app as far as I know.

  1. Another bit of fun when you have friends visiting is to have your Google Home Mini tell Alexa to do something (Alexa turn the desk light on). The nodes googlehome-notify and alexa-local have been great finds!

    1. WELL !!!! I tried alexa-home some time ago and it had some serious issues outside of on and off.

      For example if you said.. set heating to 20…. then set heating off – then set heating on – the value bore no resemblance to what you put in previously///

      HOWEVER – I just installed it again – and it works a TREAT!!!

      I DID note however that Alexa now supports colours – but the Alexa-local node does not yet support that. Would be MARVELLOUS if it did.

      I just looked at the Alexa APP for the first time in ages as it was always so slow as to be utterly useless. Now it comes up almost immediately – and there’s a list of all my devices (sadly, also all the ones I’ve scrapped ages ago)…. things are certainly moving along…

            1. I was looking at the APP – not the web page – excellent – that’s all cleaned up nicely.

              I do hope Philips are paying a fortune for the constantly annoying ads.. I note when you control a light it says is it is waiting for Royal Philips Electronics – if I could alter that I’d change it to “never buy Philips lights”.

              1. hmm.., I’m using alexa-local v0.3.2. It results in an Alexa device ‘Color Light’. Alexa answer with nothing but ‘okay’. But my lights are only on/off so that may be the difference.

  2. Hi Peter, indeed it’s a nice feature. In this why I am communicating with my family when I travel ( I am always carrying an Alexa with me all the time). I like that I can leave messages also to my friends and they can call me back. In the US you can call also someone directly on his phone from Alexa. Also I can control all my devices (TV, radio, light, AC) back home with Alexa.

    Speaking of Alexa, look what I’ve done in the last three days:
    -Alexa thermometer

    -Alexa air quality

    I hope that this week the skill will be online.

    Looking now for another challenge, I think I will try an Alexa thermostat, I know that are many, but it’s fun to make your own thermostat.

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