Alexa can control any HouseBot Device, Task*, or Mode.
Speak very clearly so Alexa can understand every word. Also, it might be helpful to name your HouseBot Devices, Tasks, and Modes using words that are easier for Alexa to understand. If having problems, see Improving Alexa Recognition below.
(*)Tasks are controlled with the Execute Task HouseBot Device. For more information on this Device, see Execute Task Device below.
Note: Alexa will discover all Devices and Modes that are setup in the HouseBot Voice Service Setup.
Alexa will periodically rediscover your device list, but you can always ask Alexa to discover devices again if anything changes.
At this time, Alexa is not able to UNLOCK locks.To check the lock state:
Sometimes, due to the names that were chosen for Devices and Modes when setting up your HouseBot configuration, Alexa has a hard time matching the spoken name to the name configured in HouseBot. Sometimes it's just easier to speak a simpler term for something rather than a more verbose name that was used to create the item in HouseBot. For these cases, it is easy to setup an alias that will be used as the Device or Mode name instead. Aliases are simply alternate names for Devices and Modes that are returned to Alexa during the device discovery phase. The HouseBot online help has specific information on how to setup Aliases.
Alexa is good at turning things ON and OFF, but doesn't know how to EXECUTE something like a Task. One way to work around this and be able to execute your HouseBot Tasks is to use the new Execute Task Device. This Device will allow you to setup a Task for the ON action and OFF action of the Device. For example, if you have a Task to Play DVD and another to Shutdown Entertainment System, you can create an Execute Task Device and setup these two Tasks as the ON and OFF actions for the [DVD] Device. Then all you need to do is say:
In addition to the setup in the Voice Service Setup, if you have Modes or Devices that you don't want Alexa to recognize in it's list of controllable devices, add a View in HouseBot named Alexa. If this View exists, only Modes and Devices that are assigned to the view will be returned to Alexa during the discovery process.