[quote=“lolodomo, post:2, topic:183970”]Waouh 8)
We have no idea if the device will be close or open.[/quote]
You are correct but I would be very surprised if they lock this thing down. Amazon has so many published APIs e.g. S3, Glacier, etc and they are all published REST based APIs.
I don’t believe they will offer a local API so assuming they will go the REST path, the Vera plugin could work like the NEST initial release where you had to have internet connectivity which would be ok here anyway as ECHO requires the cloud to work like Google NOW does as well.
With all that said I can see great use cases coming up here because this product detects your hot word from anywhere in the room which would make my life so much easier for Voice control of Vera.
On top of that Amazon Prime users can sign up for an invite to get ECHO for $99 instead of $199. I already signed up and I am waiting for their invite. I will probably buy 2 of them and complement my Sonos speakers.
I would be worried too if this would be any other company or Kickstarter project but this is Amazon. 30 day return policy. If it doesn’t meet the advertised specs and functions it will go right back to them.
Any idea how it could be possible to control Vera from the voice with the Amazon echo ?
It would require a mechanism to trigger an action in the Vera when someone says something to echo, passing the text to the called action. In this case, the echo should not handle internally the request. How could it decide that. Then in the Vera we should have complex code to analyze texts.
Not easy to implement.
Remember that the Amazon echo works in the Cloud.
What could be easier is to make the Echo say something from the Vera.
This guy saw a problem with something that plays music as it tries to listen for voice prompts via a microphone, Amazon must have solved this problem. That is why it always made more sense to me to have the voice control via your phone so you could talk directly into it without walking over to a device to talk into it. Apparently you don’t have to yell at Echo, but then again if the music is loud. Then there is the Big Brother issue of having an internet connected microphone monitoring you 24/7.
I entered the lottery to get an Echo. I figure for $99, why not and if it doesn’t have an open API, then back it goes. The real test will be if I have some audio turned up relatively high, can it even make sense of what I say
Maybe they have figured out the loud music thing, but it also says it comes with a remote with a mic in it for controlling playback. Also, I’m sure that the phone app will also give you some control over this. Granted, a truly hands free device would be better.
I assume any noise cancellation will only work when music is played through it, which makes perfect sense. If it knows what it is playing, it can ignore that and listen for the rest. Now, I’m not sure how easy that is to actually implement.