Voice words / parameters



  • Hi! I just bought an Echo tonight, and the deciding factor was that I could control my PC when I Googled and saw your program. I've been playing with it, it's cool. However, I have one snag. I wanted to be able to launch videos from it, so I created a trigger "Die Hard", command was the path and filename of the video, voice was "die hard". I pronounced it as clearly as I could but it keeps saying "cannot find command die". Does it not support multiple word voice commands? I changed it to "die" and it worked.

    Also I was trying to find documentation on parameters and failing. Can you direct me? I'm wondering if I can create a command that is generic then pass parameters that I assume I say after the trigger word to launch the appropriate title. I just can't find any docs on how parameters work.

    I setup a trigger "video", with command "p:\utils\scripts\triggercmd.php video", voice "video" allow parameters true. My PHP script looks for parameter "diehard". I said "alexa, ask trigger c m d to run video diehard" and it said "could not find a command with voice word video hard on (pcname)". Am I misinterpreting how to use parameters?


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    @Strahan,
    I haven't implemented a way to pass parameters with your voice yet. I'm willing to though, so please give me your ideas on how I should do it.

    I could program it to have Alexa expect a movie at a particular point in your spoken sentence, so here's one idea for your use case. I could have Alexa expect a movie title as parameter if you say:

    Alexa, ask TRIGGERcmd to play movie Z on Y
    Alexa, ask TRIGGERcmd to play movie Z  (runs on your default computer)
    

    It would run your command with voice word "movie" with a parameter that equals your spoken movie title.

    If I do that I might as well add this option too:

    Alexa, ask TRIGGERcmd to play song Z on Y
    Alexa, ask TRIGGERcmd to play song Z  (runs on your default computer)
    

    It would run your command with voice word "song" with a parameter that equals your spoken song title.

    For general purpose non-movie, non-song scenarios, I'm thinking this would be the pattern:

    Alexa, ask TRIGGERcmd to run X on Y with parameter Z
    Alexa, ask TRIGGERcmd to run X with parameter Z  (runs on your default computer)
    

    What do you think? If you can think of something better, let me know. My first idea is often not the best.

    I'll wait until I get some feedback before making a change.

    Also, about two-word voice commands - it's supposed to work, but Alexa seems to recognize single-word commands much better.


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