Alexa-Remote2 Initial Experience

I have been experimenting with Alex-remote2 and have found two approaches with the Alexa Event Node using device activity.

  1. Say "Alexa Simon Says" + the command. Alex will repeat the command to you.
  2. Create a routine on your smart phone where the executed action is a five second delay.

My test example is that I wanted to control the AC power inverter in my motor home from a Raspberry Pi 4.

So here are the routines that I created on my cell phone to cover the requested functionality.

Using this approach when you speak a command like "Alexa inverter status". Alexa will say OK and then a further response comes from node-red.

I very much like the flow from @ cymplecy

(How to get all Alexa requests WITHOUT any other skills)

That was easy to extend for my inverter (status, on, off) test case.

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However this takes coordination between defining routines for your account and the node-red flows that you create.

Is there anyway that you can do a question/response interaction where all the content comes from node-red after the initial activation?

I am thinking of the following scenario:

  1. Routine "Alexa please call the butler", she says OK.
  2. Butler in a very English voice says "you requested my services, sir?"
  3. You then have a conversation like "motor home status"
  4. When you are done it times out with the question "Is there anything else, Sir?", etc.

Headless Raspberry Pi implementation notes:

  1. You must enter the Pi IP address so you can access from a remote browser to get the initial Alexa activation cookie.
  2. The file path input box must have a destination filename at the end of the path.

I am using a device on activity node and works for all my alexa devices, except for the Alexa application on my iPhone.

Any idea's?

Some quick feedback:

It helps to only have one device listening for device activity. In my case I have multiple node-red instances as I work towards my final solution.

So I simply write the request and trigger response to the MQTT on my motor home.

That way I have the Alexa flow running on my home network and it is not attempting to do Alexa functionality over a cellular link.

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