I have an Echo Show 2nd Gen, a HUE white bulb, and the Alexa app on my Android phone.
My ultimate goal, since I am deaf, is to eventually have some useful accessibility tools.
Eventually it would be nice to have a Ring doorbell as a device interfaced with Alexa. When the doorbell is pressed, flash the HUE bulb for 15 or so seconds.
I am looking at Alexa "Routines". These looks very promising.
My "When this happens" would be a Ring doorbell press. My "Add action" would be flash my HUE bulb. An additional action might be display the Ring video on the Echo Show.
I currently don't have a Ring doorbell. Does this notify Alexa of a "pressed" event?
The flashing bulb is an alerter. Things like an incoming phone call or timer expiration could also be treated as an event and the response could be an alert, like flashing the HUE bulb. Of course, this means it would be nice to be able to vary the duration and frequency of the bulb flash – but that's not necessary.
We are specifying a small real-time control system here. The Echo Show has a Zigbee radio, and I assume it is through this that the HUE (and Ring doorbell) is interfaced to Alexa. A real-time control system has to execute locally (within the Show) or latency inherent in the Internet causes reliability problems.
Does anyone know if the Ring doorbell has this pressed event?
Does anyone know if routines execute locally or via the Internet?
The Echo Show has enormous potential for providing a little extra accessibility. I hope others will champion and suggest improved accessibility features.
Normally I would have a great answer, but in all honesty this is a wonderful question that I will need to research just a bit for us! I'm hugely invested in growing and learning about different accessibility uses our devices can help accomplish! i will post back here on our thread when I have some detailed answers for us Barry! Thanks again!
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