Garadget Alexa skill is now live.
Please give it a try and post your feedback here. Thanks!
The invocation word for the skill is "garadget" so you start your complete request with:
Alexa, tell Garadget ...
Alexa, ask Garadget ...
Alternatively, you can invoke the skill in a session mode by saying:
Alexa, run Garadget.
Alexa, launch Garadget.
Alexa, open Garadget.
Following the introductory message you'll be asked to proceed with your actual request.
Currently there are three types of requests:
command - This requests operates the door. always contains the word for requested state: open, close or stop.
Alexa, tell Garadget to open door home.
Alexa, tell Garadget to close all garage doors.
status - This request contains the word "status" or question about specific status.
Alexa, ask Garaget what is the status of door home?
Alexa, ask Garadget if door home is closed.
history - This request contains words such as "events", "times", questions such as "how long", "when was".
Alexa, ask Garadget what were the recent events?
Alexa, ask Garadget how long was home open?
Single Door Context
In Garadget accounts with a single device there is no need to identify the door. You can just say things such as:
Alexa, tell Garadget to open.
Alexa, ask Garadget about the status.
Multiple Doors Context
In accounts with multiple devices above mentioned requests will be applied to all doors. You can also explicitly say:
Alexa, tell Garadget to close all doors.
Individual Doors Context
Additionally, individual doors can be identified by name, partial name or their number in the alphabetically sorted list of names. For example, if you have doors named "Cute Puppy" and "Awesome Snake", you can refer to former as "cute puppy", "cute" or "puppy" or "two" while latter can be called as "awesome snake", "awesome", "snake" or "one". The complete request would be something like:
Alexa, ask Garadget is awesome door is closed?
Alexa, tell garadget to open door one.
Words "door" and "garage" can be added as necessary for the naturally sounding request. Identification by number is not available when door names contain the numbers or spelled out numbers.
The current skill is not final, please submit your suggestions, requests and critique in this thread to shape its future releases. Amazon allows users to rate and review the skill; please use this feature if you have something encouraging to say While you're there, please also don't forget to review Garadget itself.
Please keep in mind that at this time Alexa does not authenticate the person issuing the request. Anybody within its hearing distance can command it to open your garage doors.