Tag: alexa

July 16, 2019

The Show 5 is wedge-shaped, like the Show, with a screen about he size of the average mobile phone. The screen is nice and bright, with a good resolution. The sound is quite wonderful, far better than the similarly sized Spot. One feature I like a lot is a physical switch in the case, which covers the camera. This is quite appropriate, as I can see this being an excellent bedside device.

April 15, 2019

Some time ago, I posted how Storyline, the free online tool I had used to write my first Alexa skills, had changed to Invocable, a paid platform charging developer level charges for hosting (i.e. hundreds of dollars a month). At the time, however, they said…

January 22, 2019

My new gadgets, courtesy of the Alexa Developer Perks, arrived today. The Spot makes a darling little Alexa alarm clock, and although its reactive dimming might not quite go far enough for me on nights where even dull glows bother my sleep, I’ve found the…

October 18, 2018

A few months ago, I discovered that as well as the familiar (to me) “Alexa, what is the temperature”, which gives the outside temperature, based on something like Accuweather, I could also say “Alexa, what is the temperature inside” an be given a fairly accurate…

October 14, 2018

I’ve been playing with writing Alexa skills recently, using the Storyline tool. Storyline is great for writing scripted skills, and also has facilities for connecting to other online applications to exchange data, via JSON and simple GET/POST connections. I wrote this very simple PHP routine…

October 12, 2018

I have been playing with Alexa Skills for some time, and having great fun. Until recently, all of my skills were private. If you design an Alexa Skill but never publish it, it remains in Dev – it is accessible to all of your own…