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Re: Automation with Alexa
« Reply #195 on: May 14, 2017, 08:16:51 AM »

I see Amazon has announced a video screen version for Echo called Show. I think they are aiming at Skype.
The Amazon App has an update which apparently allows one to place a phone call or call an Alexa device from another one, perhaps this is to work out bugs prior to the Show being released.
From what I've read the option isn't ready for prime time and appears to have lots of bugs.
Unfortunately this seems to be only available in the USA currently.
I've read it could be used as an intercom of sorts however I think each device would be required to be registered to a different user account.
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Re: Automation with Alexa
« Reply #196 on: May 14, 2017, 12:41:51 PM »

I've read it could be used as an intercom of sorts however I think each device would be required to be registered to a different user account.

I like the intercom concept! I hope that works out.... a great reason all-by-itself to own another/more echo/dot/Alexa. 
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Re: Automation with Alexa
« Reply #197 on: May 14, 2017, 02:05:12 PM »

I like the intercom concept as well.
Even the voice messaging or SMS sounds cool, making phone calls not so much.
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Re: Automation with Alexa
« Reply #198 on: May 24, 2017, 02:24:59 PM »

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Re: Automation with Alexa
« Reply #199 on: May 24, 2017, 03:26:07 PM »

What do you think of this?
https://techcrunch.com/2017/05/23/alexa-dont-talk-to-strangers/

Completely true. Even "Alexa" said on TV... or a name that sounds similar can put my DOT into listening mode.

My garage door (a Chamberlain) is Internet connected and remotely controlled with an app on my phone.... and it is Alexa/DOT/Amazon compatible (can be voice controlled). I have chosen NOT to link my door to Alexa. It doesn't automatically enable... a skill must be activated/turned-on. Although I do know a family that has linked their garage door with their Echo... with NO problems... I wouldn't do that myself.

I've also chosen to turn off (that is currently the default) function that allows voice-Amazon-purchases. As far as Internet searches.... those have all been monitored in America... for years now. Alexa should not alter not personal stats. 

I guess someone could always shout into an open window.... and cause my smart home to turn a light on or off. But then my home is also monitored by cameras... so the activity should be recorded.
 
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Re: Automation with Alexa
« Reply #200 on: May 24, 2017, 09:10:16 PM »

Like Dave there are things I will not allow Alexa to do.
And since Alexa records all commands it hears there is a record of attempts .
That coupled with video like Dave has it could be used for prosecution.
I also use the Alexa silent time and the device hide from Alexa option (available with HA-Bridge)

 For those looking for the Alexa voice recordings they can be found in the history of the Alexa app ;)
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Re: Automation with Alexa
« Reply #201 on: May 25, 2017, 09:50:37 PM »

.... And since Alexa records all commands it hears there is a record of attempts .
That coupled with video like Dave has it could be used for prosecution.

Don't do the crime... if you can't do the time.
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