Alexa with Centro 8m

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Alexa with Centro 8m

Post by starwarsmike » Wed Apr 05, 2017 6:59 pm


Looking for some advice?

I am currently sending Alexa voice commands to IFTTT, then IFTTT then sends commands back to my Centro 8m. All works a treat, however there can be up to a 10 second delay (annoying), so my question is, is there a device out there that sits between the Alexa & Centro 8m? Which involves being connected to local network?

Send voice command to Alexa, Alexa sends to device (translates in text/command), then sends to Centro 8?

Any help appreciated

Thanks in advance


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Re: Alexa with Centro 8m

Post by asimp11 » Thu Apr 06, 2017 8:03 pm

That would be great! (If there was such a device), Alexa, as far as I understand is cloud based, the device itself is just a microphone + portal to high end voice recognition servers. Which is why I turned mine one off, because of the privacy issue - your paying someone to record your voice in your own home !!

However, years ago (late 90s) there was a company called Dragon speak, with a simple dicta phone and their software they could translate your voice into digital text with 95+% accuracy. in theory you could turn that into 2 way feedback commands without any need for the CLOUD!

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Re: Alexa with Centro 8m

Post by trevorst » Sun Apr 09, 2017 2:36 pm

Hi Mike,
There is a way to take iftt out of the picture but you will need to either have a full time PC or Rasberry running.
It is a Phillips Hue Emulator. The Echo/Alexa recognizes it as a Hue Bridge and therefore will send commands to it.
The actions taken when the Emulator receives the command are up to you.

I have been using it for a couple of years now in conjunction with an ISY994i to control lights, Receiver, TV etc.
When the Centro 8m came out I added commands for that into the Emulator to control the Receiver, TV etc

It can be found here

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