Alexa notifications via Notify Me Skill

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Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:10 am
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Re: Alexa notifications via Notify Me Skill

ckeyes888 wrote:
Just upgraded to 10.12 and the script seems to run, causes my Echos to chime but doesn't speak

Any idea why it's not speaking?

Carl


Currently that is all it does. I talked to the developer of the skill and he said that the ability to “announce” isn’t covered in the skills API yet.

The workaround to integrate the “announce” feature is nothing less than ghetto-fabulous..... Place an echo device next to your Indigo server. Create an action that speaks, “Alexa, announce there is someone at the door”. Works pretty well with very short sentences without punctuation. (A comma in the sentence will sometimes cause her to send the message once there is a pause and ignore the second half of the sentence)

I’m using my ghetto setup more than the Notifyme thing at the moment. I’m using notifyme more for leaving little notes for my wife when I’m out of town.

For announcements, it will go to all devices unless you have switched the “do not disturb “ on through the app.

Anyways, my fingers are crossed that directly speaking (announce) will get incorporated into the skill.

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Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:21 am
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Thanks, all good to know. I’ve tried the “ghetto” setup but find the delay a bit long.
Hope they’ll update the notify to actually speak soon.

Carl

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Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:54 am
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ckeyes888 wrote:
find the delay a bit long.


Agreed. For a security notification, I don't like delays. I use it primarily for courtesy notifications....

Geofence to announce when I'm arriving
Who just used their code to open the door followed-up by "Welcome home ________."
Reminder announcements, "Kids feed the animals" "Kids, time for bed" "Five minutes until school bus", etc.

For my security notifications, I stick with Pushover and an alert_text variable on control pages.

I would much prefer an immediate announcement of an event over a chime that requires a follow-up action to decipher the chime.

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Tue Apr 24, 2018 4:54 pm
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ckeyes888 wrote:
Can the spoken text be directed to a variable?


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message = indigo.variables[1276581486].value
import json
import requests
body = json.dumps({
 "notification": (message),
 "accessCode":


Add the first line to bring in a variable.

Change the "notification": "Hello World" -> "notification":(message)

Leave everything else the same and it should work. (did for me).

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Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:13 pm
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Re: Alexa notifications via Notify Me Skill

Thanks. Much more useful.

Carl

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Mon Apr 30, 2018 5:07 pm
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Re: Alexa notifications via Notify Me Skill

This is fun, but what's the actual use case if you have to ask Alexa to read your notifications to hear the text?

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Tue May 01, 2018 8:54 am
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Re: Alexa notifications via Notify Me Skill

Because the ring flashes continuously (until cleared) and it makes a noise when a new notification arrives, I think that's a good way of getting attention. Particularly if you have enough Echo devices around the house so that it would be obvious wherever you may be.

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Wed May 02, 2018 11:03 am
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Re: Alexa notifications via Notify Me Skill

FYI: viewtopic.php?f=123&t=20641

This could have been made into a plugin, but the script is so simple I thought it probably wasn't worth the effort. Someone else may do it however... :)

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Mon May 14, 2018 9:10 am
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Re: Alexa notifications via Notify Me Skill

There is a "Reminder" native skill that allows you to set a phrase to be announced at a scheduled time. Not sure if there's an API for that tho.

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