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The system will self install but the video below will also help with initial configuration to link to your Alexa
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Switch light on - Switch Light Off, NoooooWe can do so much more with Alexa, mind blowing, useful or just fun things you may never have imagined were possible. This site is all about exploring new affordable technologies around the home, using existing gadgets or even inventing some new ones of our own by up-cycling old kit out of the shed. Alexa can’t do that … not possibleThe words ‘Not Possible’ are banished from the site, it’s hoped that this site will become a hive of ideas to convert wacky & crazy thoughts into amazing features and functions just by thinking outside-the-box and never accepting that something isn’t possible. Web ExtractorThe Web-Extractor is a PC application written to work with Alexa, to take what Alexa heard and to action it ourselves on our own network. Add voices, app launching, every kind of web search and more.It’s currently FREE to use with no card details or payment taken whatsoever and apart from initial login, it runs entirely on your ‘Local’ network and not on line. Videos showing new features will be created and uploaded as often as possible, but videos usually take longer to produce than the feature or function takes to program. The panel below will show a short description of any new features uploaded.Latest features
Touch screen music videosI don’t really see the point of getting Alexa to select tracks for me, I’d have to wait until the end of each track to request the next or wait for a quiet spot so that she could hear me. Instead I bought on an old supermarket touch screen from ebay and hooked it up to my PC. Created a quick app that scans my pc for either MP3 or MPeg files and sorts them alphabetically. Now you just touch the tracks you want to play and they stack up and start automatically. The same app can be called up by any browser on the network and the actual music or music video plays through the PC and out of the TV or HiFi system. I also put an HDMI splitter repeater on the PC so that it can directly drive up to 4 large screen TV’s simultaneously.Alexa games tableYou can now have literally hundreds of board games, just ask Alexa for any of them and the actual board appears instantly onto any TV, this one was mounted in an old coffee table. Get the counters out from the cupboard underneath and you’re ready to play in seconds.Just say, ‘Alexa scrabble’ or ‘Alexa backgammon’ and the board appears or even use it to play retro gaming, pinball etc. The TV itself is driven by a Raspberry Pi with nothing installed whatsoever, just type in an IP address and the app on the main PC does the rest through its built in web server. One of the easiest things to set up and yet so useful for a quiet Sunday afternoon.Candles made to work with AlexaThese are cheap battery driven candles that have an exceptionally realistic flickering flame. Using some wooden dowel I made dummy batteries with two wires coming out of each. I added a current limiting resister to the positive wire so that only a few milliamps could get through to the candle otherwise it would simply blow it. Really easy to do then used an old 5v transformer to power them, lots of them. You set up your own triggers and your own response,Alexa … get romanticOK, turning down lights, lighting candles, switching on music, you’ve got no chance.
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Alexa & Cortana
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Alexa … Monopoly
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Music Video Jukebox
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No ‘Cloud’ today
Direct to Hub control
Version-2 out soon
What Alexa Heard:The Web extractor has a built in web server, simply click to start it and it will issue you with an IP address, e.g. http://192.168.0.5:7777Simply type the IP address into any browser on any device and you will then see what Alexa heard & it will auto-update each time you speak to her. Great as a quick confirmation of what you just asked her. Also a great use for old mobile phones. The image shows an old Apple Touch 1st generation which works brilliantly & then made desk-friendly with a goose-neck mic holder. Unfortunately the image didn’t turn out well enough to read what was on the screen so I had to superimpose it but it’s the same content.It also shows which device heard the question too.So when the kids are playing music with their headphones on, you just say ‘Alexa … dinner in 5 minutes’ and it would instantly appear on every screen around the house. If the main app is running on your PC at work and also at home and you share the same Alexa app, then you have an always on text-com and can free-text-chat throughout the day via voice. Elderly living alone, child minder, dad in the man-cave.Sending to specific devices:Content in the form of, video, images, text can also be sent to all screens or just specific ones just by adding as few as 5 characters to the end of the IP address.
Simple or Sonos:The Web extractor utilises TTS (Text to speech) and there are some great voices out there to pull into your home automation. Typically, TTS might be used to make whole-house announcements by sensing that someone is at the door or something needs your attention, whereas, Alexa is more of a one-to-one device where you’re asking questions or setting timers etc.One really easy & absolutely stunning solution is to use humble sound bars. If you grab a few along with some of these Stereo-to-mono splitters you can separate your sound bar speakers completely. Each sound bar will have a left and a right speaker, you join together all of your ‘Right’ speakers back to the PC for TTS announcements around the whole house. Then tie a DOT to each individual ‘Left’ speaker for localised listening (lefts are not joined together). This means that you can stand next to any sound bar and ask a question. The DOT will be amplified and will only be heard from that one speaker. If someone rings a doorbell or sets off some other sensor then the TTS will be heard from all speakers. Getting more creative, whatever you say to Alexa in ‘one’ speaker can be picked up by the Web extractor and sent to all speakers based on your own triggers.Why stunning? Tune in several radios around your house and experience the acoustics. If you want to use any of the sound bars for music you can simply ask any DOT to connect-to-speakers via bluetooth and get full stereo again.
Cutting out the cloud:Not using the cloud to send commands to your hub can make a substantial difference in ‘time’ saved to carry out a command. You’re still using the cloud if you want Alexa to control your devices but there are often several other cloud servers required to flick a single switch in your house which can take several seconds. With so many other servers involved it only takes one of them to be down and your devices wont work.To date I have only developed cloudless control with the LightWaveRF products because they offer a full API of how their products communicate. You still use the cloud to set up and name your devices but then use a PC version of their app that allows direct communication between the PC and their hub.Let’s say we want to switch the lights on, just in the room we’re in but use the same command in other rooms.ZONE:DOT-3Phrase:Lights onSAY-100:Switching on walkway . Garden lanterns . Pool table . HiFiNEWURL-100:LightWaveRF,0,!R1D2F1NEWURL-100:LightWaveRF,0,!R1D6F1 From the above configuration, you must speak to DOT number 3 and say ‘Alexa lights on’ where the TTS will then announce what is being turned on and the commands below that are the codes going back to the hub.Any kind of grouping, any voice announcement, instant switching and full control on your local network.
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Switch light on - Switch Light Off, NoooooWe can do so much more with Alexa, Mind blowing, useful or just ‘fun’ things you may never have imagined were possible. This site is all about exploring what else we can ‘bring to the party’ on a very, very low budget. Sharing in the knowledge of ‘Hidden Gems’ that these incredible gadgets and devices may already possess.Alexa can’t do that … not possibleThe words ‘Not Possible’ are banished from the site, this site will become a spring-board to launch wacky & crazy thoughts into amazing features and functions just by thinking outside-the-box and never accepting that something isn’t possible. Web ExtractorThe Web-Extractor is a PC application written to work with Alexa, to take what Alexa heard and to action it ourselves on our own network. Add voices, app launching, every kind of web search and more.It’s currently FREE to use with no card details or payment taken whatsoever and apart from initial login, it runs entirely on your ‘Local’ network and not on line. Please visit the website from a full desktop