Alexa Skills - Developer Voice And Vote

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  1. Alerts for HOH users

    I am hard of hearing and would like to allow a speaker group to audibly ring loudly when my phone rings as well as turn off or on a smart light. On a side note, an Alexa doorbell should be a thing. Use the “button” technology to create a smaller, water resistant, model that can be affixed in a door bell location and allow users to create routines for it just like the current “button.” This would allow users not only to create a custom chime that plays on all their devices but also allow for automated turning on of…

    1 vote

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  2. Start a timer (with no time set, just starts counting up)

    Typically, you ask Alexa to start a down count timer.
    Often it would be useful to just start an upcount timer.
    You could differentiate between "Start a timer" and the regular "Set a X min timer" by noticing that there was no time given. And the phrase must be "Start a timer"

    1 vote

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  3. Request for improvement of "LAUNCH_TASK" of Timer API. launch it like "Quick Link for Your Custom Task" instead of "Direct skill connections

    I would like to launch my skill (or other skill) again after the timer rings.
    Same for Reminder API.
    It is not a "Direct skill connections".
    It is a function that simply launch the specified skill.
    "Quick Link for Your Custom Task" can launch a skill without the provider skill of "Direct skill connections".
    (Or maybe you're using common provider skills.)
    I think having such a simple feature would improve the quality of the skill.

    Thank you.

    1 vote

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  4. outdoor temperature alert

    "Alexa alert me when the temperature drops below 50 degrees"

    As the seasons change, my animals need to come in earlier/ later. I would like to be able to do that by setting a temp alert instead of a timer.

    5 votes

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  5. Launch the skill after the reminder.

    I want the reminder API to be able to launch skills via Skill Connections, like the timer API.

    For example
    1. The reminder rang.
    2. Alexa Skill has launched.
    3. Alexa said. Did you do it?
    4. User said. Did not do.
    5. Alexa said. Then when do you do it?
    6. User said. 3 days later. / 5 days later. / others. (Irregular)
    7. Alexa Skill has set a new reminder.

    I want to create such skills.

    4 votes

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  6. Have more flexibility for alarms

    It is currently not possible to schedule alarms that repeat only on specific days (i.e. Monday and Thursday only) without creating separate alarm entries for each day. It would be nice to have the ability to create an alarm, and then choose which days of the week specifically you want the alarm to repeat.

    1 vote

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  7. Disable (only) next recurring alarm without multi-part interaction.

    A recent update is the ability to silence a recurring alarm, but the interaction is tedious. I should be able to say “cancel next 10PM alarm”. Simple! Instead I have to say “cancel 10PM alarm”, wait for her to say “do you want to cancel this alarm forever?” and reply “no!” The keyword “next” should sufficiently describe my intention. Please add this functionality.

    2 votes

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  8. Pause reminders

    I would like an ability to pause reminders.
    If I set up a weekly, or even daily reminder, perhaps I will go on vacation or will need to stop hearing that reminder for awhile. I have to delete the reminder, then remake it later. It would nice to be able to say "alexa, pause this reminder until May 4th" or at least have the option to set that up in the Alexa app.

    3 votes

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  9. School Bells

    Many teachers are teaching from home. I wish we could tell Alexa our bell schedule and she would ring the bell at the beginning and end of periods. It is badly needed in the pandemic. School children would use it to keep on schedule as well.

    4 votes

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  10. Add labels to alarms

    Allow alarms to have a label.

    2 votes

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  11. Named alarm groups to turn on several alarms at once by one command

    "Alexa turn on my "alarm group name"

    Alexa could respond "Okay ive turned on your alarms in the "group name" group

    Alarms could be added or removed from groups with voice command

    And they could also be managed from the alarms and timers section of the alexa app.

    (This would be best for individuals who tend to sleep through a first or second alarm)

    Possible expansion on this idea is we could have alarm sounds by group or specify the sound for each alarm to give some different noises in case one sound doesnt wake us up another different sound…

    1 vote

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  12. Timer Support Up To 24 Hours

    When it first launched, the timers api had support for timers up to 24 hours. For some reason Amazon decided to reduce it to 2 hours. I would like it to be extended to 24 hours again so that I can create recipes that take longer than 2 hours to make.

    4 votes

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  13. Move a timer to another echo

    I set a timer today on the echo in the bedroom, but then I got up. I wanted to move the timer to the echo in he living room, but Alexa doesn't understand "Alexa, move timer to {other echo name}.

    I can drop in or call another echo in my set. I should be able to move a timer.

    3 votes

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  14. Additional finance-related Proactive Event Schemas

    To increase customer engagement and provide seamless voice experiences for finance and banking skills, you should consider some of these:

    BillDue
    BillPastDue
    CardActivation -- new card is ready for activation
    CardExpiration -- current card is due to expire
    PaymentRequestMade -- Venmo/ Zelle request made
    PaymentRequestReceived -- Venmo/ Zelle money received
    NegativeBalance
    StatementAvailable
    FraudulentActivityNotification

    2 votes

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  15. Proactive AMAZON.CustomAlert (like AMAZON.WeatherAlert)

    Give Developers the possibility to send custom alerts to single devices with just a text and an own alarm mp3/audio file.

    Eg. "Movement in Basement detected" or "Smoke Alarm in Garage triggered"

    I've been waiting for this since it was announced years back, for
    our Fire Fighter Departments to extent the notfication people at home, etc about Emergecy Calls.

    4 votes

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  16. Extend reminders options

    Extend reminders options

    Please consider adding new functionality to reminders like yearly recurrence to create birthdays reminders for example. Now you can only created reminders repetition on a weekly basis, but no for longer periods (monthly, quaterly, yearly,...).

    4 votes

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  17. Proactive Event Schema for Price Alerts (useful for finance skills involving stock/commodities etc.)

    One very useful Proactive Event Schema would be one that helps notifying the user about price changes of stocks, commodities, cryptocurrencies etc. (finance/business skills, in general). Currently, using the existing schemas this is not possible.

    3 votes

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  18. (Longer) Interval Timers

    I want to create a skill that similarly to the Personal trainer Blueprint (https://blueprints.amazon.com/bp/amzn.ask.bp.bb47849a-cb85-4dd0-a49b-77c9a782bbc9?ref=askbphome1_6) allows for timers with ticking sound to be created for more than 90 seconds.
    Example: start exercise A for 3minutes... ticking noise, then Alexa goes to exercise B for 1 minute, then C for 5mins, etc.
    All this without the hack of playing an audio file of the intended time length.

    References:
    https://forums.developer.amazon.com/questions/80715/exercise-timer-alexa-skill.html
    https://forums.developer.amazon.com/questions/181008/setting-an-interval-timer-in-custom-skill.html

    2 votes

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  19. Create a weekly recurring reminder on multiple days of the week

    I think we should be able to set weekly reminders on multiple days of the week, like this:

    "recurrence":{
    
    "freq": "WEEKLY",
    "byDay": ["MO", "FR"]
    }

    4 votes

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  20. Remove ‘try it’ suggestions on echo show home screen

    Please can we voice out our frustrations to allow users to deactivate the ‘try this’ ideas on the echo show home screen. Loads of forums have suggested this but seems Amazon are not listening.

    8 votes

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