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Alexa Goes Handsfree!


  • Moderator

    For all you Alexa developers, you don’t need a button to trigger it anymore:
    https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/hands-free-alexa-voice-service/



  • Nice! Time to connect a microphone to my Mirror! 😉



  • @KirAsh4 saw this the other day…but was never able to get Amazon’s way of it going using Java. Always getting an error with my USB sound device. Gonna try NovaSpirit’s method and might live with the button for now



  • I’ve had the last version running since last Thursday. It’s really great now that it’s headless. I’m using snowboy and changed my wakeword to “Hey Jarvis” , I’ve used it every day since I installed it to trigger my hue lights via ifttt. Now to find a way to display the alexa cards on mm2 and that would be perfect.
    Edit:
    Didn’t read the article. Thought this was about the recent changes were we no longer have to click the button to activate it on the pi anymore. Anyways, I can’t really code yet and really want to do something with this as amazon have a lot of documentation online. My problem is work and personal stuff is getting on the way.



  • Hey is there a modul for it?



  • @d3r Wait, what? You can use Alexa’s voice service to activate on whatever phrase you like?

    Oh, this is too awesome. My wife and were trying to get our echo to wake on “Hey Asshole” (it’s a literary reference, honest) and it wouldn’t let us. I’m going to get to work on a new mirror…



  • @bhepler Are you running it from your pi or do you have the echo/dot?
    If you are using the pi then yes you can customize the wake word which will trigger it into listening mode.


  • Moderator

    “Hey Dingdong!”
    “Yow Tweedledumb!”

    Or make it interactive:

    “Hey Cheech!”
    “Yes Chong?”



  • I’ve jsut set up an Amazon dev account and installing the Alexa pi code to have a play with.

    During the install, I see
    Configuration file ‘/etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf’
    ==> Modified (by you or by a script) since installation.
    ==> Package distributor has shipped an updated version.
    What would you like to do about it ? Your options are:
    Y or I : install the package maintainer’s version
    N or O : keep your currently-installed version
    D : show the differences between the versions
    Z : start a shell to examine the situation
    The default action is to keep your current version.
    *** lightdm.conf (Y/I/N/O/D/Z) [default=N] ?

    I think I should answer ‘Y’ to keep the installer happy, but thought it worth checking - @d3r can I ask what you chose?



  • @darrene I would say press D to see what the difference is then you’ll have a better idea on how to proceed.
    Edit:
    I just ran an update on my pi and got the same prompt. lightdm is a display manager and not directly related to alexa.
    https://wiki.debian.org/LightDM