Alexa

Alexa

Alexa virtual assistant

The Amazon Alexa Voice Service allows you to play music, listen to information, news, sports scores, weather and much more!

Available via the companion products from Amazon - Echo, Dot & Tap - Alexa can access online music services from Prime, tunein, Spotify and others. It can even read you a bedtime story from your Audible library.


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Being a Cloud based service Alexa is constantly updating and is continually learning, adding new functionality and skills. The more that you use Alexa, the more it adapts to your voice, the way that you speak and your personal preferences.

Alexa Skills add additional features to the service and are contributed by third party developers. Alexa can order your favourite takeaway, book a taxi, check your railway commute times and even update your energy provider meter readings - all without you having to lift a finger.

From a Home Automation perspective, Alexa brings integration with many Smart Home devices and systems out-of-the-box. There's support for Philips Hue, WeMo, Nest, Hive, Tado, Netatmo and the list is growing every day.

Now you can relax in your favourite arm chair and turn on the lights, turn up the thermostat and close the blinds while queuing up your favourite box set ready to stream to your TV. Just by using your voice!


Connecting Amazon Echo

Setting up and using Amazon Echo is as easy as it gets.

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Enabling Alexa Skills

Using Skills is extremely easy and user friendly with just a few steps using Alexa's App or by using your voice.

Nest Skill - Voice Activated

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Alexa Skills

Enable the skill by using your voice

Just ask Alexa

Nest Skill - App Activated

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Alexa Skills

On the Menu click in "Skills" and search for Nest

Click "Enable Skill"

Log In with your Nest account

Honeywell Evohome Skill

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Alexa Skills

Search for the Honeywell Skill and click "Enable Skill"

Click "Manage Devices in Smart Home"

See the list of devices discovered

Philips Hue

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Alexa Skills

On the Smart Home section click "Discover devices"

Wait for Alexa to connect with your Hue Hub

See the list of devices discovered

Fibaro via node-red

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Alexa Skills

Log in to developer.amazon.com and create a new Alexa Skill

Use Node-red to handle incoming requests

Control your devices with Fibaro's REST API

Vera via node-red

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Alexa Skills

Log in to developer.amazon.com and create a new Alexa Skill

Use Node-red to handle incoming requests

Control your devices with Vera's REST API

Vera - cloud to cloud

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Alexa Skills

Log in to developer.amazon.com and create a new Alexa Skill

Follow the steps here to create your skill

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