@patm189 I see why that might be an inconvenience, and I feel the same. I would much rather use something similar to just saying “OK Google” or “Alexa, turn on…” to activate the service. However, if this is true then I will find a way to use the MMM-Button to activate it and have the omxplayer either activate default the first time the screen comes on after a certain time or change the number of times the button has to be pressed for each. Either way, I think any voice recognition software would be a cool addition to the mirror!
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RE: Amazon Echo/Alexa
RE: Automatic Location Refreshed Daily
Yeah, that is one of the things that I have heard about and that is one of my biggest concerns. However, the people that I am going to be gifting this too live in big enough cities that the IP address location I have searched of each is still within the correct city limits. I will look into adding GPS to the pi for that, but it is definitely going to increase the price of this project along with time to figure out how to make it to work.
If I were to approach this problem of using IP to get a city name, how would I go about adding that to the default/non-default weather or future modules? would it be best to use Python or Node.js?
RE: Amazon Echo/Alexa
Hey, I am actually interested in adding Amazon Alexa at some point, and I found a tutorial for adding this. Once I finish some other stuff going on, I will be back to start working on combining the magic mirror with amazon Alexa. I think the most difficult thing is going to be getting Alexa to feed stuff directly into the magic mirror. I am looking to have her used to search and play podcast videos from NPR/YouTube, but I think this might be a bit too much for the mirror- at least for right now.
Automatic Location Refreshed Daily
Hello, I think I have a good suggestion for everything weather based. I am looking to use this as a gift for some of my friends, and the issue I am running into is some of them might be moving at somepoint/ do not stay in the same city all year. I think it would be great if there was a way to get a script to run during start up (the mirror should only need new location when it is unplugged and plugged back in) to find the location name automatically. this could be fed into the location name field and be used for headers as well as both OpenWeather and WU.
I have done some research and asked around about something like this, and I got some good responses on reddit as seen in the link below:
This looks like there is already a service to return information about an ip address in XML and JSON. Would anyone be able to help me make a script to get this to work?