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Alexa skills?
« on: August 20, 2018, 03:15:09 PM »
Hi, has anyone created an Alex skill to read out the current conditions?

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Re: Alexa skills?
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2018, 05:51:45 PM »
it should be possible, using the ability to create a custom output
in the needed format

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Re: Alexa skills?
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2018, 04:07:57 AM »
I already have a custom out txt file with the data i post to facebook, i wonder if i can have alexa read it, its all very new to me so i will have to see how skillful she really is :D

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Re: Alexa skills?
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2018, 05:37:01 AM »
Manged to read my latest tweet, not ideal as they are posted every 30 minutes, its at least something.

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« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2018, 07:25:26 AM »
hey, that's cool :)

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Re: Alexa skills?
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2018, 01:59:37 PM »
The latest tweet wasn't the best as it never read the latest, I think it picked one at random.

What I have manged to get working is alexa playing the weather talker file.

To do this you need to install mymedia and link your account to amazon, 7 day free then it's about 4 for the year. Then you set up a watch folder and that's the folder where your weather talker file is and that's it, all you have to do is, say, Alexa, ask mymedia to play talkingnew, and away she goes.

I am still playing so there could be another way before long, there's no telling, I have tried to make a skill but it's very hard for some that does not have half a clue, just a skill to read a text file from a network (server) is far from simple to create, would be great to be able to say, alaxea, ask bwx what the temperature is or what the gust speed is or a what are the current conditions, that would be the best option. I think the weather talker is the next best thing

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Re: Alexa skills?
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2018, 02:32:46 PM »
What's weather talker?

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Re: Alexa skills?
« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2018, 02:53:19 PM »
It's in wd control panel, it speaks the conditions you set

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Re: Alexa skills?
« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2018, 03:19:20 PM »
I have been thinking of writing an Alexa's skill for the PurpleAir sensor (I have not yet done any work - just reading on how I can do it).

Here is the main link to 'Alexa Skills Kit'.

The 'need-to-read' documentation before creating your first skill: 'Build Skills with the Alexa Skills Kit'.
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Re: Alexa skills?
« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2018, 03:45:32 PM »
Already been through parts, set accounts here there and every where, setup stacks and God knows what else and failed, I even tried the, ask Google hack and that didn't work either

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Re: Alexa skills?
« Reply #10 on: September 02, 2018, 06:15:19 PM »
I found it in the Control Panel.  msagent no longer is available on Microsoft's website apparently.  A search there indicates that it wasn't available for Windows 7 and later anyway.

It looks like a dead add-on.

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Re: Alexa skills?
« Reply #11 on: September 03, 2018, 05:12:25 AM »
You will find that what is needed is available on the net :)


I have found another way that works very well if you use twitter, its called Read My Tweets


Enable the skill, to change the tweets from the default drivel


Say "Alexa, ask read my tweets to give my secret key", or " Alexa, ask read my tweets, for my secret code", or " Alexa, ask read my tweets to help with setup"
Alexa will give you a "Secret Key"
Then go here  scroll down to the boxes and add your secret key and the 3 twitter accounts @whatever yours is, i just added mine 3 times


Mine took over 24 hours to be setup, probably because of the weekend as its only meant to take a couple of hours, but its working this morning, then all you say is, Alexa, read my tweets,  and away she goes :)

This one is by far the best i have used so far as she doesnt say a load of rubbish prior to actually reading the tweet, she just says your @account name, date and time and the contents. Others tend to say something like, reading tweets by (name of skill), then a pause then you name then the date and time and contents, i didnt like that.

The above does not update, it only says the 1st time you ask and then just repeats that one :(
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Re: Alexa skills?
« Reply #12 on: September 11, 2018, 09:31:07 AM »
I have found the Weather Underground skill, it was not easy because its not for the UK and if you are outside the USA then it wont work.
You need to setup an address in the USA, when you do that, just remember, if you want to buy something, change the address back ;)
Also, all your skills will be gone, thats a downer.... you have to start again with them unless you change the address back.

https://www.amazon.com/Personal-Weather-Underground-PWS/dp/B07234WJ9B


Once you get it installed, all you do is give it your WU API key, then your station ID and then set units, its very easy.

Once up and running all you do is say, Alexa, ask personal weather, current conditions or temperature or Humidity or wind  or pressure etc

I have come the the conclusion that Alexa skills are, or can be, buggy, or not work as described or does not work the way you want it to and do not work any more.

The WU skill above is perfect for what we would want, i just cannot understand why its only for the USA :(
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