Could Google Home or Amazon Echo used to transmit voice commands to the Zipabox ?

Tuomas Levoniemi shared this idea 10 months ago
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Using the remote control (finding it), tablet, pc or smartphone is difficult and slow. This is one reason why home automation is not generalized as fast as could have been. Normal wall switches is also a tough competitor for the automation (It works, and everyone knows how to use it).


Controlling home automation should bring new ways. Such as voice control.


Could Google Home or Amazon Echo used to transmit voice commands to the Zipabox ?


Is there an API library or the URL commands, which could be programmed or "tell" Amazon Echo / Google Home ?


https://www.cnet.com/news/google-home-vs-amazon-echo/


Br,


Tuomas

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Tuomas,


I know from Sebastian that Zipato is working already on adding Amazon Echo to the Zipabox, not sure about google home.

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It should work with IFTTT ... you can add your own phrase and trigger virtual sensor ... Echo has less options there then Google Home, but it should work as well

... I have already ordered Google Home... so I will confirm as soon as it arrives:)

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Juraj, do you have your Google home and how does it work with zipato? I am planning my SMART home and I would like to buy GoogleHome for it too. So this is why I am asking...

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Im curious to.... does it work...?

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Yes It work's well.

I have a Google Home in french, and I use IFTTT.

https://youtu.be/Bn35MR3RnlE

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Juraj,


Please do, I have been waiting for Google Home to come out so it can be compared to Amazon Echo and see which one is better.

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Well I won't be able to compare them, since I don't have Echo... but there are many comparsions all over the internet.


Basicaly I choosed Google Home, since I am already using many of google services and google information database promises more usefull features. Google should be better in aswering complex questions, but it won't order you new gadget from eshop. Echo does this, however I don't see this realy useful:)

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Don't forget, IFTTT is only available on US echo devices. When it will come to UK and other devices is anybody's guess.

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double post

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Running google home with zipabox thru IFTTT right now, using rules and virtual meters to get URL's to call.

A bit takes some time to set up each device. But since there is only a handful devices i care to control via voice.

Of course it would be a breeze to do it via proper integration. Doubt it will come soon from zipato since home is not even sold outside US

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How well would you say other features in Home work from Sweden? Delay in answers? Temperature in `F?

There was no problem adding it to IFTTT and connecting it to other services, it does not mention non-US region stuff?

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I brought a Google home back with me to Italy where I live, While I was visiting family in the US. The Google home can give Celsius if you select it in the settings. During set up, it mentioned it might not work in my area, but it's functioning perfectly fine without any issues... I'm just using with my harmony hub through iftt to turn on and off my htpc. Just waiting till Zipato adds it, along with the echo.

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sorry for the late replay


I have not found anything that does not work so far, and as Matthew did write. Temp to C is set in the home app so no problem with it. Same goes for IFTTT and delays, no problem at all.

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Awesome! Thanks for the reply guys. And now iam off to bugg my friend in US again :D

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@Nicklas Simberg: Can you please explain how you do this? I've enabled the Alexa connector in IFTTT, but I cannot find any IFTTT skill on the Alexa page at Amazon to enable. I understand about creating virtual switches and sensors to get URL's that Alexa can call. But where do I set which "commands" query which URL?


Thanks

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Set up a virtual sensor in zipato. Go to the bottom level device (state) and when you click on setting, you will have URL. This you can copy. It will end with = and you will need to add either 0 (sensor off) or 1 (sensor on).

In ifttt you need to use channel "Maker" for HTTP post commands. Dont forget to change the command type to POST.

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Ah. Maker channel. That was the one I could not figure out. Thanks.

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I try to find where is channel marker in IFTTT but it seems the name change, also I can't find post, can you give me a link or a tutorial please

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you need to use Webhooks to send http data

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Thanks olivier but how? Do you have any screenshot to help me tu understand

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I have make a tutorial, but it's in French

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I have both Amazon Echo and Google Home. I prefer Amazon Echo/Alexa.

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i do too, that is until we get a skill for Google Home, then its all Google Home for us. Amazon dont support Australia, so we get no local data, cant even buy the devices here. But the voice recognition is the Echos is far superior to the Google Home.

And the Google chromecasts are awesome. Plus its on my phone, i can create shortcuts with assistant, it can detect which account to use by whos voice it is, the only thing I'll miss is the name.

Please hurry up and give us Google Home/Assistant skill.

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"But the voice recognition is the Echos is far superior to the Google Home."

Crap................... I hoped the Google home would be better, my echo sucks and most of the time need to repeat myself. I pre-ordered a Google home mini....... hmm will have to see when it arrives.

Me: Alexa, light on!

Alexa: I found several devices with that name, which one do you mean?

Me: light

Alexa: OK

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Me: Alexa, curtain on!

Alexa: I added gherkins to your shopping list.


Don't think my accent is that weird........ :-)

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Using the term light and curtain is your mistake. You need to give your light a name. Light refers to all lights in your home, you need to differentiate them. And do the voice training exercise in the Alexa app. This helps alot.

But you are right, Google will work better with accents. Alexa is, as most american companies, USA speaking related. I wonder how the German speakers are fairing?

But I can tell you, that using both, with english(australia accent) the Alexa is far superiour. Gets the commands right more often, and pick up voice commands from further away and over music better.

And it is a cheap product to add voice control to a home, come on give it a break for $50 hardware included device.

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