Alexa-enabled devices can nowThey can be your turn when you’re away. But the latest update still makes Alexa work great when you’re away. A new trigger routine called sound detection It can listen to the sounds in your home and run a series of commands. to respond to better management
This feature currently supports detection of dog barking sounds. Baby cries, snoring, and coughing, but it’s up to you to create the response you want Alexa to those sounds. If you’re scratching your head and wondering what in the world you want Alexa to do in response to that. Keep reading for good ideas.
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Here’s how to use Alexa voice detection to run routine tasks. Include a sample for each type of sound your Amazon Echo can now detect. (In case you’re wondering how Alexa can help with a cough.)
Creating an Alexa routine can be a little daunting.
Info: I have a 70-pound boxer who I call Mush because he is. special (i.e., he’s just “too much” aka “too mooch.”) One thing he overdos is barking. So I created a routine that beeps every time Alexa hears him bark.
Now I’m not Pavlov. But guess what? It worked, at least a little bit. He seems to be barking less now at his dinner bell brain, expecting an air-raid siren every time he flickers at the delivery man.
Routines can be scary. But this routine and the routine that followed were exceptionally simple. to create this or any routine in Alexa appFirst, tap over in the bottom-right corner, then tap practice near the top of the next screen next, Tap + (plus sign). in the upper right corner
1. Tap Enter a name for the routine. And come up with something fun like “Sonic Barkinator” (you’ll have to capitalize it yourself), then tap the back arrow in the top right corner.
2. Tap when this happensthen tap sound detection In the bottom left corner, tap barking dog at the top.
3. The next screen asks which device you want to hear the dog barking from. Unfortunately, each device seems to require a separate routine. So choose the gear that is most likely to catch your dog. After you tap the device you want, tap next.
4. By default, Alexa will listen for barking on weekdays from 9 AM to 5 PM and wait 15 minutes before running a reverse routine. change If you want to edit any of those parameters (then tap next to return to the previous screen)
5. Tap add action — This is the fun part. You create a set of commands that you want Alexa to run when your dog barks.
6. First I touch device settingsalready volumeI then rotate the slider all the way to 100% use your own discretion — 100% is as. Then tap next twice (app confirms your selection)
7. In the middle of the screen, tap add actionthen scroll down and tap sound. App doesn’t play preview So you have to choose one based on faith. I choose. bells and doorbellsand then select BuzzerBut there is an option under crowd for the crowd applauded and cheering squad That’s less shocking than the alarm. but still attracts attention One of them might work as well.
8. This is the most important step if you want to record your hearing: Tap. add action again, then tap device settingsalready volume and bring your Alexa speaker back to normal, comfortable volume. Otherwise it will be stuck at 10 o’clock, so next time you ask for time or weather. You will be hurt by ear
9. In the upper-right corner, tap recordThen select the speaker you want Alexa to respond to (presumably the same speaker that hears the bark). Successfully created a routine. will flash at the top of the screen.
That’s it. Now the game is waiting. The irony for me is hoping my dog will bark just so I can see this routine in action.
I’ve simplified the steps in the rest of the examples. Now that you are more familiar with the process
Alexa pulls the nanny duties with a cry alarm.
My daughter is already in school. So my personal cry detection routine looks a bit different than a baby. (She hasn’t urged yet, but Alexa will tell her a joke to cheer her up if she does.) Since it’s a little niche, I’ve created what I think Amazon intended when implementing the feature.
Notice that you don’t want to be dependent on sole on Alexa to hear your baby cry. True baby care devices are packed with safety features. privacy and reliability That gives you peace of mind that you’ll be notified when your child needs your attention. Digital voice assistants are still tech startups and smart speakers, including Amazon Echoes..
I’d rather use this as a backup. If you walk out of your baby’s ear briefly from your baby’s walkie-talkie, Alexa will remind you on the phone that your baby is crying. Here’s how to set it up:
1. Navigate to practice screen, tap on + (plus sign) and name your routine.
2. for when this happens, tap sound detectionalready crying child and choose a speaker to listen to
3. The default is to suppress duplicate notifications for 5 minutes, as low as possible. Tap change to make it longer
4. Tap add action, tap text already notification. Type a message to yourself e.g. “Your child is crying.”
5. You can add more actions under text Tap Tap Submit an announcement To have Alexa alert you from one or more of your Amazon Echoes, you can have Alexa play a sound like in the previous barking dog routine. (may not be very loud) if your baby responds well to music You may have the Echo speaker in their room play a lullaby while you’re on your way to find them by choosing. Music and podcasts in add action menu.
Alexa, there’s a cure for snoring.
The snoring companion is pure kryptonite for the little sleeper. But there’s a chance Alexa can fix the problem before the saw wakes you up. I’m not a light sleeper and don’t share a bed with a snorer, but I use Alexa as a buzzer to help me fall asleep and stay asleep. So this is familiar territory to me.
If you are a light sleeper You may have a playful sound to help you fall asleep or stay asleep. For me, that’s the brown tone. (Most people only know white noise, but actually anEach level has a different EQ level based on the sound spectrum) for this routine. use what works for you
Start by creating a routine like the two before. unless you choose snore from sound detection menu.
under add actionIf the sound you want is from a third-party app, such as white noise or sleep, tap skillalready your skillsThen find the app you use in that list. If you listen to music files hosted on your preferred streaming service (Spotify, Apple Music, etc.), select Music and podcasts and direct Alexa to that track
If you are confused about the source of the sound please You can select the first option under add action menu called customTap , then type the command you say to Alexa to get the sound you like on the next screen, then tap . next. The only problem of custom is that the app will not allow you to add any action. another after custom command So you can’t do the next part.
If you don’t want the sound to play all night You can add another action and select it. waituntil the bottom of the menu Then set how long you want the audio to play. After that, add one more action — tap. device settingsalready stop sound. Now select the bedside device and tap next.
Ahem, Alexa? Why are you listening to a cough?
ok so i lied I don’t know why you would want Alexa to listen for a cough, maybe catch it early if your kids are coughing their heads when you’re away? Then can Alexa text you like baby’s crying routine to let you know?
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