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  1. Control RGB lighting based on thermostat/room temperature

    Be able to control the colour of rgb lighting dependent on thermostat temperature or room temperature

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  2. Birthday reminders in a routine

    I wonder if it would be possible to program a routine that would announce calendar events like birthdays or anniversaries as part of a wake-up program and ask the "recipient" if they want to call the person later that day. And if the "recipient" says yes, then Alexa will both say, "OK I will remind you to call [birthday person] later today" and then make the reminder. But if the person says no or remains silent the routine can progress normally.

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  3. Make it possible to program "volume controls" into a routine; for example ramp up the music in a wake up routine.

    Make it possible to program "volume controls" into a routine; for example ramp up the music in a wake up routine. I'm using a routine to help my aged mother-in-law get going in the morning while I am at the gym, so that I don't have to start from scratch when I get home. But her complaint is that it is too abrupt. It could also be useful ramping down at the end of the evening.

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  4. Limit available skills on Specific Alexa device

    This is more Alexa core capability, but I would like to see the ability to assign specific skills or routines to specific Alexa devices. For example, if I put an Alexa in my garage, limit the capabilities to playing music and outside lights, so if someone is outside my garage and they yell a command to disable my alarm, it wouldn’t respond.

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  5. Sunset offset greater than 60 minutes.

    Allow the sunset trigger to be offset by more than 60 minutes, similar to other platforms which allow greater control. Today I have to use a 3rd party to complete a task at sunset minus 90 and can only use Alexa at sunset minus 60. I'd prefer to keep this completely within Alexa.

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  6. Do not remove device from routine

    Do not remove a device from a routine if it fails to access the device. If I have a lamp turned off and run a routine that tries to turn it on or off, Alexa deletes the device from the routine.

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  7. Actionable based notifications

    Alexa - I’ve noticed it’s 10 o’clock and the house alarm is not set, would you like me to set it for you?
    User - Yes (sets alarm)
    User - No (does nothing)

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  8. An advanced web editor for routines

    My idea has two parts:
    1. Add a web editor for routines also on alexa.amazon.* that works like android/iOS app editor
    2. Add also an "advanced mode" where you can directly write code and, maybe, add more complex logic, variables ecc...

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  9. Allow skills developers to invoke developing skills from routines

    Currently, only published skills can be invoked from routines. This creates difficulties in skills testing because it is impossible to test how a skill will behave being invoked from a routine. It would be easier if a routine will be able to invoke a skill in published and developing mode as well.

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  10. Add more than one statement as alternative voice command in the same Alexa Routine

    It will be better for the user, to add more than one statement as alternative voice command in the same Alexa Routine instead of creating separately.

    For example:

    A user creates a routine named "I'm home". The tasks under this routine will be executed when the user says to Alexa "Alexa, I'm home".

    However, the user may also say

    "Alexa, I'm back" or
    "Alexa, I return home" or
    "Alexa, I enter in sweet home" or
    "Alexa, I enter home" or
    "Alexa, I'm back to my room" or
    "Alexa, I just arrive" or
    "Alexa, I arrive home" or
    "Alexa, I reach…

    3 votes

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  11. Correct / Allow for any smart device as a trigger

    Your routines will not allow for any of my light switches or plugs to be used as a trigger, hence switch goes on anounce something as action. This restriction makes no sence and cannot seem to be able to find any smart switches or plugs that will show in the routines device triggers screen.

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  12. Routine Trigger > Alarm > When Alarm is set & Reference the alarm's time

    This would be amazing and work so well with many people's routines from all I hear from the community, youtube, family and friends.

    Lately "when alarm is dismissed" was added as a routine's trigger. Please consider adding "when alarm is set" and combine it with referencing the alarm time.

    E.g. Trigger: "When alarm is set" > Action: "Turn on light" 30 minutes before alarm rings.

    This can not be achieved with "schedule" since alarms can be set at different times.

    Its pretty much 2 feature requests, I know, but it would increase any alarm based routine by aaa lot :)

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  13. Insert a skill at the begin of a routine

    I can only use a skill at the end of a routine? Why? I want to start with a skill inside my routine, but I get everytime a message, that this skill must be at the end of a routine.

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  14. Allow controlling local servers through ssh

    My idea is to issue a command to Alexa that'll make it ssh into a server connected to the same LAN and issue commands (e.g., "sudo reboot", "sudo shutdown now") or run scripts.

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  15. Allow custom skill to recommend and set routines instead of users if permitted

    Alexa Routines are nice but it's still too tech-y to set up. If a custom skill has some actions suitable for using as routines, it would be great for a custom skill to recommend, ask permission from user, and set routines instead of users. This will reduce user's conflictions and increase skill usage.

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  16. Music & Media Action - Ability to Select Speaker

    In routines option for Music and Media action. I'd like the ability to control which speaker the action plays on. Instead of the only option being for the whole routine. For example having a routine play a spotify playlist on 1 speaker speaker while white noise skill on another speaker. All from one voice command. This would allow for more flexible routines based on bed-times and wake-ups.

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  17. Have an action to set a timer

    I'm constantly setting the same timer and would like a routine to make it simple.
    Eg I want to see a tea timer of 4 minutes
    I could just have a routine called make tea - which announces "setting a 4 minute tea timer" then it starts a 4 minute timer.
    The wait or delay doesn't accomplish the same as a timer keeps ringer until I stop it

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  18. Add "Connect" Command to Routines

    Add functionality to connect echo to bluetooth devices. Voice command "Connect" needs to be available for routine execution. Please consider Germany with translated command "Verbinde"

    Currently the Echo is not automatically reconnecting on every Bluetooth device. The voice command is solving this but does not provide the user experience I expect. If I turn off external speaker for energy saving reasons at night, I cannot automatically play on the external device next morning as this is not connected.

    2 votes

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  19. Routines schedule have hourly monthly every minute options

    Currently in routines there are repeated schedule options that can only be only configured by daily basis.

    There is no options by bi-weekly, monthly, yearly or at certain date, hourly, every 5/10/N minutes.

    I want to configure a alexa routine to wish a birthday for my family at certain date every year by turning all my RGB lights on and play some birthday music.

    Basically need more schedule options for different intervals by year, monthly date and time. Like a cron job.

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  20. Monthly schedule

    Allow routines to operate in longer schedules and not just days of week. For example, do something every month (e.g. discharge emergency lights to make their batteries live longer)

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