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Re: Automation with Alexa
« Reply #90 on: January 08, 2017, 11:02:36 PM »

cute. Can we get back to resurrecting X10? No? OK, let the cute discussions continue.

Resurrecting X10? Has your X10 setup failed? I thought everyone could still get everything working... much as it used to...... Except the X10 servers are gone so internet connectivity is gone.

X10 software is now only a near-miss hack.

X10 has publicly announced they had no plans to FIX the mess...

X10 offers up the dream of an interface of some sort... reminiscent of 80's technology (which many X10 users applaud as the way to go).

Resurrect X10? Maybe if we inspire an investor... or setup a go-fund-me to build a cloud-based, app-controlled, Alexa and Google compliant hub that can integrate X10.... along with every other Home Automation protocol device for sale today (and like X10... yesterday).

I have no crystal ball. Tomorrow is a complete unknown to me. But I am pretty sure if Home Automation is going to be used in my home in the future... I need to either continue to upgrade the setup I have. Or.... I need to list my X10 devices of Craigslist and start over with new technology.

I remember the 1950's well. That rheostat wall switch that could dim the big 150 watt light build in the middle of the room... was nearly as impressive as the 4foot-by-4foot color TV with a 12 inch screen. But that was a long time ago. I can't go back to the 1950's.

X10 can... COULD.... SHOULD... Resurrect itself!!!! One decent code contract.... and X10 software running on PC's could cloud connect with an Alexa skill. Or connect with an app on our phones.

But until a few weeks ago.... I was insulted and nearly banned from the forum for daring to suggest X10 do anything other than sell-off warehouses of old merchandise. I would never describe HA as "cute". I love this automation stuff! And many who need the technology to assist them with their daily challenges... benefit from us who do this for fun.

Please racerfern... I am on your side... don't be upset with me. It's X10 that isn't doing their part.
 
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Re: Automation with Alexa
« Reply #91 on: January 08, 2017, 11:32:19 PM »

You can also just turn-off voice purchasing in the Alexa app.
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Re: Automation with Alexa
« Reply #93 on: January 09, 2017, 08:06:56 AM »

You can also just turn-off voice purchasing in the Alexa app.

Thanks for the clarification.

Is Voice Purchasing ON by default?
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Re: Automation with Alexa
« Reply #94 on: January 09, 2017, 08:59:09 AM »

You can also just turn-off voice purchasing in the Alexa app.

Thanks for the clarification.

Is Voice Purchasing ON by default?
Voice purchasing is off by default you have to set it up.
There is a 4 digit access code that you enter which also must be spoken Aloud when making a purchase too(that maybe new with the latest developments)
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Re: Automation with Alexa
« Reply #95 on: January 09, 2017, 09:29:21 AM »

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@HA Dave, I never thought you were anything but on the good side, just like nearly everyone else here.
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Re: Automation with Alexa
« Reply #96 on: January 09, 2017, 12:07:25 PM »

.... There is a 4 digit access code that you enter which also must be spoken Aloud when making a purchase too(that maybe new with the latest developments)

I think you're right... a very recent added feature. I think we're pretty safe from doll house's arriving unexpectedly.
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Re: Automation with Alexa
« Reply #97 on: January 10, 2017, 08:55:17 PM »

I just asked Alexa to turn all lights on.

Alexa said, please confirm.

I said yes.

Alexa said, "Object reference not set to an instance of an object". And nothing happened. Seriously.

FWIW, these are X10 dimmer switches connected with a CM15A to a zwave controller from HomeSeer. You can't make this stuff up.

Posted again, but on the correct thread this time. I wonder what else makes Alexa crash?
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Re: Automation with Alexa
« Reply #98 on: January 10, 2017, 09:00:57 PM »

.... There is a 4 digit access code that you enter which also must be spoken Aloud when making a purchase too(that maybe new with the latest developments)

I think you're right... a very recent added feature. I think we're pretty safe from doll house's arriving unexpectedly.
Yeah, but I'm kinda interested in the four pounds of cookies.  :'
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Re: Automation with Alexa
« Reply #99 on: January 11, 2017, 07:16:09 AM »

I just asked Alexa to turn all lights on.

Alexa said, please confirm.

I said yes.

Alexa said, "Object reference not set to an instance of an object". And nothing happened. Seriously.

FWIW, these are X10 dimmer switches connected with a CM15A to a zwave controller from HomeSeer. You can't make this stuff up.

Posted again, but on the correct thread this time. I wonder what else makes Alexa crash?

I removed your other post to help avoid confusion.
the Alexa response isn't typical of a HA skill response.
It is a typical programing error however and if the case you should be able to recreate it. ;)
I'm sure Homeseer would love to hear you found a bug in their skill. ::) :'
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Re: Automation with Alexa
« Reply #100 on: January 12, 2017, 09:13:25 AM »

iTead just announced they plan to create an Alexa skill for their products.
They expect it to be ready next month. :)%
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Re: Automation with Alexa
« Reply #101 on: January 12, 2017, 11:22:44 AM »

iTead just announced they plan to create an Alexa skill for their products.
Unfortunately, they have no date for releasing their Sonoff S20 WiFi Smart Socket (i.e. appliance module) for US style plugs. They may be awaiting FCC and/or UL approvals.

With inexpensive WiFi wall switches and appliance modules the need for PLC  fades into history.
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Re: Automation with Alexa
« Reply #102 on: January 12, 2017, 11:40:47 AM »

With inexpensive WiFi wall switches and appliance modules the need for PLC  fades into history.
I don't believe PLC will totally fade to black. There are still many that fear Wi-Fi and the affects it has on ones health.
http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/10-shocking-facts-health-dangers-wifi/
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Re: Automation with Alexa
« Reply #103 on: January 12, 2017, 12:18:56 PM »

I don't believe PLC will totally fade to black. There are still many that fear Wi-Fi and the affects it has on ones health.
http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/10-shocking-facts-health-dangers-wifi/
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Re: Automation with Alexa
« Reply #104 on: January 12, 2017, 01:45:28 PM »

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