MMM-AlexaPi



  • Hi everyone,
    I am very new to this forum and have spent the last couple of days reading through various posts in order to familiarise myself with MagicMirror2, modules, setup etc.

    After I managed to install the MagicMirror2 and even got the motiondetection with camera running I wanted to give alexa integration a shot.

    I installed AlexaPi on my Raspberry Pi 3 to use it with a USB microphone (the little kinobo one). When not running magic mirror alexa talks to me and replies to simple questions. AlexaPi works!

    But when I run MagicMirror with the MMM-AlexaPi module all I get is the crossed out microphone so that Alexa is not working anymore.

    I searched the Forum but havent found a solution yet. Anyone know how to solve this?

    Any help is greatly appreciated!

    Thanks in advance,
    Dave



  • For what its worth, I have posted the log below. I cannot find anything wrong with it.

    Best regards/ Dave

    main.js:408 Initializing MagicMirror.
    translator.js:182 Loading core translation file: translations/en.json
    translator.js:204 Loading core translation fallback file: translations/en.json
    loader.js:182 Load script: modules/MMM-AlexaPi//MMM-AlexaPi.js
    module.js:407 Check MagicMirror version for module 'MMM-AlexaPi' - Minimum version:  2.0.0 - Current version: 2.1.0
    module.js:409 Version is ok!
    module.js:415 Module registered: MMM-AlexaPi
    loader.js:152 Bootstrapping module: MMM-AlexaPi
    loader.js:157 Scripts loaded for: MMM-AlexaPi
    loader.js:159 Styles loaded for: MMM-AlexaPi
    loader.js:161 Translations loaded for: MMM-AlexaPi
    loader.js:182 Load script: modules/motiondetector//motiondetector.js
    module.js:415 Module registered: motiondetector
    loader.js:152 Bootstrapping module: motiondetector
    loader.js:182 Load script: modules/motiondetector//diff-cam-engine.js
    loader.js:157 Scripts loaded for: motiondetector
    loader.js:159 Styles loaded for: motiondetector
    loader.js:161 Translations loaded for: motiondetector
    loader.js:182 Load script: modules/default/alert//alert.js
    module.js:415 Module registered: alert
    loader.js:152 Bootstrapping module: alert
    loader.js:182 Load script: modules/default/alert//classie.js
    loader.js:182 Load script: modules/default/alert//modernizr.custom.js
    loader.js:182 Load script: modules/default/alert//notificationFx.js
    loader.js:157 Scripts loaded for: alert
    loader.js:192 Load stylesheet: modules/default/alert//ns-default.css
    loader.js:159 Styles loaded for: alert
    translator.js:155 alert - Load translation fallback: translations/en.json
    loader.js:161 Translations loaded for: alert
    loader.js:182 Load script: modules/default/updatenotification//updatenotification.js
    module.js:415 Module registered: updatenotification
    loader.js:152 Bootstrapping module: updatenotification
    loader.js:157 Scripts loaded for: updatenotification
    loader.js:159 Styles loaded for: updatenotification
    loader.js:161 Translations loaded for: updatenotification
    loader.js:182 Load script: modules/default/clock//clock.js
    module.js:415 Module registered: clock
    loader.js:152 Bootstrapping module: clock
    loader.js:182 Load script: vendor/moment/moment-with-locales.js
    loader.js:182 Load script: vendor/moment/moment-timezone.js
    loader.js:157 Scripts loaded for: clock
    loader.js:192 Load stylesheet: modules/default/clock//clock_styles.css
    loader.js:159 Styles loaded for: clock
    loader.js:161 Translations loaded for: clock
    loader.js:182 Load script: modules/default/calendar//calendar.js
    module.js:415 Module registered: calendar
    loader.js:152 Bootstrapping module: calendar
    loader.js:227 File already loaded: moment.js
    loader.js:157 Scripts loaded for: calendar
    loader.js:192 Load stylesheet: modules/default/calendar//calendar.css
    loader.js:192 Load stylesheet: vendor/font-awesome-4.5.0/css/font-awesome.min.css
    loader.js:159 Styles loaded for: calendar
    loader.js:161 Translations loaded for: calendar
    loader.js:182 Load script: modules/default/compliments//compliments.js
    module.js:415 Module registered: compliments
    loader.js:152 Bootstrapping module: compliments
    loader.js:227 File already loaded: moment.js
    loader.js:157 Scripts loaded for: compliments
    loader.js:159 Styles loaded for: compliments
    loader.js:161 Translations loaded for: compliments
    loader.js:182 Load script: modules/default/currentweather//currentweather.js
    module.js:415 Module registered: currentweather
    loader.js:152 Bootstrapping module: currentweather
    loader.js:227 File already loaded: moment.js
    loader.js:157 Scripts loaded for: currentweather
    loader.js:192 Load stylesheet: vendor/weather-icons/css/weather-icons.css
    loader.js:192 Load stylesheet: modules/default/currentweather//currentweather.css
    loader.js:159 Styles loaded for: currentweather
    loader.js:161 Translations loaded for: currentweather
    loader.js:182 Load script: modules/default/weatherforecast//weatherforecast.js
    module.js:415 Module registered: weatherforecast
    loader.js:152 Bootstrapping module: weatherforecast
    loader.js:227 File already loaded: moment.js
    loader.js:157 Scripts loaded for: weatherforecast
    loader.js:227 File already loaded: weather-icons.css
    loader.js:192 Load stylesheet: modules/default/weatherforecast//weatherforecast.css
    loader.js:159 Styles loaded for: weatherforecast
    loader.js:161 Translations loaded for: weatherforecast
    loader.js:182 Load script: modules/default/newsfeed//newsfeed.js
    module.js:415 Module registered: newsfeed
    loader.js:152 Bootstrapping module: newsfeed
    loader.js:227 File already loaded: moment.js
    loader.js:157 Scripts loaded for: newsfeed
    loader.js:159 Styles loaded for: newsfeed
    loader.js:161 Translations loaded for: newsfeed
    loader.js:192 Load stylesheet: css/custom.css
    MMM-AlexaPi.js:22 Starting module: MMM-AlexaPi
    motiondetector.js:26 Starting module: motiondetector
    alert.js:150 Starting module: alert
    updatenotification.js:10 Start updatenotification
    clock.js:38 Starting module: clock
    calendar.js:63 Starting module: calendar
    compliments.js:111 Starting module: compliments
    currentweather.js:89 Starting module: currentweather
    weatherforecast.js:87 Starting module: weatherforecast
    newsfeed.js:50 Starting module: newsfeed
    main.js:426 All modules started!
    module.js:117 motiondetector received a system notification: ALL_MODULES_STARTED
    module.js:117 clock received a system notification: ALL_MODULES_STARTED
    module.js:117 calendar received a system notification: ALL_MODULES_STARTED
    module.js:117 newsfeed received a system notification: ALL_MODULES_STARTED
    module.js:117 motiondetector received a system notification: DOM_OBJECTS_CREATED
    module.js:117 clock received a system notification: DOM_OBJECTS_CREATED
    module.js:117 calendar received a system notification: DOM_OBJECTS_CREATED
    module.js:117 newsfeed received a system notification: DOM_OBJECTS_CREATED
    module.js:135 updatenotification is suspended.
    module.js:135 currentweather is suspended.
    module.js:135 weatherforecast is suspended.
    module.js:142 currentweather is resumed.
    MMM-AlexaPi.js:34 MMM-AlexaPi received a module notification: CURRENTWEATHER_DATA from sender: currentweather
    module.js:115 motiondetector received a module notification: CURRENTWEATHER_DATA from sender: currentweather
    module.js:115 clock received a module notification: CURRENTWEATHER_DATA from sender: currentweather
    module.js:115 calendar received a module notification: CURRENTWEATHER_DATA from sender: currentweather
    module.js:115 newsfeed received a module notification: CURRENTWEATHER_DATA from sender: currentweather
    MMM-AlexaPi.js:34 MMM-AlexaPi received a module notification: CALENDAR_EVENTS from sender: calendar
    module.js:115 motiondetector received a module notification: CALENDAR_EVENTS from sender: calendar
    module.js:115 clock received a module notification: CALENDAR_EVENTS from sender: calendar
    module.js:115 newsfeed received a module notification: CALENDAR_EVENTS from sender: calendar
    motiondetector.js:71 score:0
    motiondetector.js:71 score:0
    motiondetector.js:71 score:0
    motiondetector.js:71 score:0
    motiondetector.js:71 score:0
    motiondetector.js:71 score:0
    motiondetector.js:71 score:0
    module.js:142 weatherforecast is resumed.
    motiondetector.js:71 score:0
    motiondetector.js:71 score:0
    motiondetector.js:71 score:0
    motiondetector.js:71 score:0
    motiondetector.js:71 score:0
    MMM-AlexaPi.js:34 MMM-AlexaPi received a module notification: CALENDAR_EVENTS from sender: calendar
    module.js:115 motiondetector received a module notification: CALENDAR_EVENTS from sender: calendar
    module.js:115 clock received a module notification: CALENDAR_EVENTS from sender: calendar
    module.js:115 newsfeed received a module notification: CALENDAR_EVENTS from sender: calendar
    motiondetector.js:71 score:0
    


  • @Davepre ask for help here: https://gitter.im/alexa-pi/Lobby
    These guys helped me. I recommend installing v1.4, instead of the current 1.5. Then during installation, install it as magicmirror instead of raspberrypi. After installation, open the config.yaml file and change the output handler from vlc to sox.



  • @lucallmon Thanks for the recommendation! I will give it a try and report back!

    Best regards / David



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  • @johnnyboy I will report back once I got the chance to test it out tonight. I am still stuck at work but hope to have positive news still later on.

    Best regards / David



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  • Hi everyone, heres to report that I was successful.
    In a nutshell i did exactly what @lucallmon recommended but for others to follow my procedures in order to fix this issue i will go step by step.

    Initially I had installed AlexaPi on the raspberry pi 3 and during the installation process i was asked to name the platform. Since its a pi i selected “raspberrypi” which (looking back now) seemed to have caused the issue.

    However as a first step I changed the Output handler from “vlc” to “sox” to see whether that would do the trick:

    I opened the console and typed in

    Sudo nano /etc/opt/AlexaPi/config.yaml
    

    Under the 4th paragraph there is the line “playback_handler: “vlc””

    I changed “vlc” to read “sox”

    (At this stage i saved, restarted and noticed that i could run magic mirror and alexa would also respond but the mic icon was still crossed out so i went back to config.yaml again and continued as follows)

    Furthermore the device named in the config file was still “raspberrypi” and i wanted to change that too.

    So wherever I saw the words "device: “raspberrypi” i changed that simply to “device: “magicmirror””

    I changed 4 entries in total:

    • In the “sound” paragraph in the very beginning (line 3 of the paragraph),
    • in the paragraph following the playback_handler (line 4 of the paragraph ) “# output device:…”
    • 2 paragraphs below that (line 1 of the paragraph ) "# some device:…#
    • and finally towards the bottom theres a paragraph called “Platform” (line 2 of the paragraph )

    After changing those lines I hit ctrl, x confirmed to save the file with yes and confirmed the file name with enter.

    I rebooted the pi and started up magic mirror and now everything is working!!!

    One thing to note though is that the changing from “vlc” to “sox” in my case caused alexa not to greet me with “hello” upon startup anymore. But since everything else seems to be working now I can live with that.

    Hope this helps everyone who encounters a similar problem. Thanks again for all the tips!

    Best regards / Dave



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  • @johnnyboy i reinstalled the module and selected MagicMirror as the device and its been working since. I’ll be switching to my Kinobo USB mic this weekend…


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