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Power Up Your Alexa Routines with Dots in a Box

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While Alexa Routines have proven very useful in providing home automation solutions for those wanting to live independently, they currently lack a key feature. Namely, while they can be used to make Alexa “speak” a desired text, they can’t directly command Alexa to perform a command. For example, there is no way for an Alexa Routine to invoke an Alexa Skill or even tell Alexa to perform a command such as “Alexa, watch Downton Abby”.  These type of actions are currently restricted to Alexa “spoken commands” or “Tap to Alexa” button taps on Echo Show devices.

There have been several solutions proposed that involve using an Echo Dot as a “backpack” on an Echo Show, or even Alexa-based robot speaking to an Echo Show to perform these actions.

 

 

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One of the downsides of this approach is that the individual can hear the commands being spoken. One way around this is to package two Echo Dots in a box so that the individual can’t hear those spoken commands… announcing “Dots in a Box”

 

 

 

Dots in a Box

 

One sample application is to use an Echo Button to trigger an Alexa Skill to find a missing remote using one Echo Dot (Dots-in-a-box talker) speaking the command (“Alexa, ask Tile to find my remote”) to the other Echo Dot (Dots-in-a-box listener) which invokes the Alexa Tile Skill. This is easier than remembering that spoken command

 

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·      Suitable box https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0054G6A8Q/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_i.VxDbMNNQXFV

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·      Echo Button https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072C4KCQH/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_GZXxDbVACS7YB

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·      2- Echo Dots https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FZ8S74R/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_s-VxDbDY18XJA

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·      Tile Mate https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GLY3HCS/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_NaWxDbBXY5JJJ

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·      Alexa Skill “Tile”

o   Note that the Alexa Skill REQUIRES the Tile app to be open and running on a Bluetooth phone or other device so that the Tile can be contacted.

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·      Alexa Routine https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=G202200080

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A Bluetooth device such as your phone with the Tile app installed and open

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Another example of this solution would be using an Echo Button or even a Samsung SmartThings Button on a lanyard/necklace to place a non-emergency request for a friend or family member to give their loved one a call.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07F8ZFFQK/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_6aYxDbTR49EMW

 

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