Amazon Alexa as Door Announcer

I linked my Echo dot to smart things and created routines to announce which door is open. Kind of helpful to know which door was opened, as opposed to the chime that indicates one of the doors was opened. Now to figure out a way to turn the chime on or off depending on desir or need.
  • Robert, how did you do this? I'd like to get my various Echos to alert me when the doorbell rings. I was pretty much under the impression that we had no means of having an Echo report anything that wasn't prompted by a voice command.

  • Would love to see how you did this as well... I'm currently using Big Talker and Lannouncer, but it stops announcing randomly..

  • HI,


    I found the details on http://thingsthataresmart.wiki/index.php?title=How_to_Set_Up_a_Door_Open_Chime/Siren.  


    I pasted the section in the link that should get you going.  Recommend you go out and read the amazon instructions in the link in that article.  Having trouble pasting an active link in here.  I think if you google "smartthings wiki", the link above will show up as an option that you can navigate to.  I didn't see a name on the post, so not sure who deserves the credit for this work.  It is functioning well for me so far.


    Getting a Spoken or Sound Effects Alert from Amazon Echo When a Sensor is Triggered

    As of 27 August 2018, Amazon now offers a new feature that allows you to have any smartthings – connected contact or motion sensor trigger a spoken alert on your Amazon echo devices. Or if you have sound effects files in your music library yet, you can play one of those. That could be a chime, a buzzer, a siren, etc. You will do this with an Amazon echo routine (not a SmartThings routine).   It's very simple to set up. "Link to Official Alexa Instructions".  You can have the same Amazon echo routine turn on lights. 

    You could also have the Amazon echo routine turn on a virtual switch which then triggered other smartthings events.   For many people who already have Amazon echo devices, this may be all you need.


    If you need more details, please let me know.


    Warm Regards,

    Robert


  • This is AMAZING news and, to be blunt, it's easy as hell. I now have my doorbell (which is annoyingly quiet) announcing visitors with Alexa's nice voice. I did it all without reading any of the above. I just went into the Alexa app, picked Routines, added a new routine for "Doorbell Sensor" (one of my devices) "Closes" (the bell rings) and selected the Action. You can set her to say anything or do many other things. 


    The only limitation I've found right up front is that I was unable to have one Routine execute on a selection of Echo devices. For example, I would like this routine to happen on a few Echo's around the house. For now I'll just create a dupe for each device. It's about time! Now if only we could trigger this from webcore and control things like volume and such.... 

  • Yeah, thanks Robert! This is way too easy!

  • One sort of cool thing you can do is set the volume for the Echo (as it may be down), trigger the Echo to say what you need it to say and then set the volume lower again. The oddity is that I added one of these and, by default, the app reordered the order of the actions, but you can easily re-arrange them.  The one caveat is that you will hear a small beep whenever the volume changes.


    My next thing is to figure out how to trigger this same set of announcements when someone KNOCKS on the door. There's a multipurpose sensor on the door, but so far Alexa only sees Open and Close as an option for that sensor. I suspect I'll have to create a webcore piston that sets a virtual switch to true when it detects knocking and then set it to false after say 30 seconds.

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