What's everyone up to ?

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Re: What's everyone up to ?
« Reply #946 on: September 06, 2018, 09:18:22 pm »
Our moderator Data got me interested in Amazon's Alexa gadgets.

Short story is I bought an Echo Dot, which has Alexa on it. Just £35 in the current sale. And very good it is too, so I am playing with that at the moment.

It's very good at general knowledge and controlling things in the home. Currently I can have her connected to my bluetooth speakers and play music I ask for from my library. She can also turn the TV on and search for movies and things like that.

You can also expand her abilities by adding 'skills' - like apps on phones. The skills do numerous things like quizzes, word games, play audio, tell the weather report, search for services and much more.

In fact, it's made me rethink my work on ElfScript and assess what I really want to do. So far I have successfully connected an ElfScript bot to the Alexa system and by talking to the Echo Dot via Alexa I can talk to my ES bot. Cool stuff and not that tricky to set up once you know what goes where.
« Last Edit: September 06, 2018, 09:38:49 pm by Freddy »

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Re: What's everyone up to ?
« Reply #947 on: September 07, 2018, 04:21:11 am »
Very cool! Now you've really got to watch what you say and to which device.

"Come on Freddy...Time to get up!", as the room lights flash rapidly on and off and the music plays rather loudly in an attempt to get you out of bed!! Suddenly, I see the window opening and a few items hurled to the waste bins below!! Haha!!

Oh...the wonders of the IFTTT connected world and of course, good friends like Data!!  :2funny:
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Re: What's everyone up to ?
« Reply #948 on: September 07, 2018, 08:26:45 pm »
I've yet to try the waking up thing, but Data informs me that you can say something like "Alexa, wake me up with 80s music at 9am".

One of the things I really like about speech control on the TV is that I don't have to spend time fumbling with the remote to type text into the search bar.

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Re: What's everyone up to ?
« Reply #949 on: September 16, 2018, 04:29:00 pm »
Fumbling around with web development - both for personal projects and for clients (saving up for some equipment) but aside from all this, I'm waiting on a development kit from Google for it's project Soli user interface chip.
https://atap.google.com/soli/

I have been on the mailing list for almost 2 years and still nothing. Anyone got a friend who knows a guy who has an insider?  ;D
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Re: What's everyone up to ?
« Reply #950 on: September 16, 2018, 04:51:24 pm »
Hi, Ultron, it's been a while.

There are many no-touch gesture projects out there. Though I'm not sure how appropriate they are for embedding in your own hardware.
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Re: What's everyone up to ?
« Reply #951 on: September 16, 2018, 04:58:38 pm »
Hey moony, glad to see you're still around.

Project Soli represents a single microchip and while probably not power-efficient (due to representing an active radar array much like those mounted on fighter jets) remains attractive due to the very small form factor. Also, I estimate it has high accuracy. This means that it can be discretely embedded into literally anything, unlike other technologies that I usually notice use IR cameras or a combo of different camera types (ex. Leapmotion).

Edit: I am actually thinking of creating my own larger version of this (with a much smaller resolution and accuracy) and use my Arduino Uno as a controller, since Google isn't really giving me much hope.
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Re: What's everyone up to ?
« Reply #952 on: September 23, 2018, 09:46:19 am »
you might want to be careful what you say around your alexa there was a report of it going rouge and spilling some beans on someone a while back lol. Our nonexistent privacy just got worse.
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