Making a New Amazon Skill for The Echo

I was prompted to dive back into the Amazon Alexa Skill development by the new Alexa Hackster.io contest. I quickly classified the development of Alexa Skills into two major categories. They don’t break them down this way, but it makes more sense to think of their development by the requirements of the developer and setup. Not … Continue reading Making a New Amazon Skill for The Echo

Starting Development with Amazon Echo

Here’s a simple guide on how to create a Node.js app hosted in Azure that will handle your Amazon Echo‘s API calls. You will want to download and install Node.js if you haven’t already. Download the code from the repository here. Create an Azure account if you haven’t already and create a new web app. Using FTP, Git, or … Continue reading Starting Development with Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo: Should I buy?

The Amazon Echo is a home automation maker’s dream. It provides an easy way to use voice recognition to interact with your devices, but there are a couple things you should know about developing for it before you buy one and start. Despite it being called an Echo “App”, your development will take place in a web-service … Continue reading Amazon Echo: Should I buy?

Amazon Echo Has Promise for the Future

I got an invite to buy an Amazon Echo a while ago, but didn’t want to purchase one because it didn’t seem particularly useful. It’s only advantage to me was the SDK for speech that might be of use in the future. After seeing the initial intro video and how scripted the commands had to be, I couldn’t justify … Continue reading Amazon Echo Has Promise for the Future

Creating the Smart Home Universal Remote

It’s been a while since I last made a smart home device, not because my home is fully automated or because there wasn’t a need for another device, but because I still live in a rented unit and didn’t want to to spend the time making and setting up custom devices that would need to be … Continue reading Creating the Smart Home Universal Remote