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    Alexa and LMS - new lease of life?

    Alexa Echo and Dot will be available in the UK and Germany next month.

    I notice that there has been one github project to control LMS which seems to have faltered ( https://github.com/lordpengwin/muzak ).

    I wonder whether the wider availability of the Alexa devices might promote more interest in developing a skill to control LMS?
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    .. and could the release of Google Home offer further options for LMS voice control?

    Sonos and Bose have annuunced voice integration for 2017.
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    Alexa and LMS - new lease of life?

    A few questions:

    - what kind of control would you want to see implemented in a voice
    controlled setup?

    - should the system be an always on, always listening system, or on
    demand (eg. key press) only?

    - would you like the system to interrupt playback to talk back to you in
    case it didn't understand you?

    - what would you expect it to do if you asked it to "play kiss".
    Prince's track Kiss or Carly Rae Jepsen's album Kiss or the band Kiss'
    most popular tracks? Or, I forgot your playlist of the same name :-)

    Unfortunately(?) I don't have access to any of Amazon's offerings to
    experience how it works there. And Siri only has about two albums to
    chose from when I talk to here :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mherger View Post
    A few questions:

    - what kind of control would you want to see implemented in a voice
    controlled setup?

    - should the system be an always on, always listening system, or on
    demand (eg. key press) only?

    - would you like the system to interrupt playback to talk back to you in
    case it didn't understand you?

    - what would you expect it to do if you asked it to "play kiss".
    Prince's track Kiss or Carly Rae Jepsen's album Kiss or the band Kiss'
    most popular tracks? Or, I forgot your playlist of the same name :-)

    Unfortunately(?) I don't have access to any of Amazon's offerings to
    experience how it works there. And Siri only has about two albums to
    chose from when I talk to here :-)

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    Michael
    Details of the forthcoming Alexa (and G Home?) controls are scant.

    What I've seen suggests a fairly restricted set of commands, eg. select a player, play a Tunein station, volume control, mute, etc.

    I imagine a system with voice control for radio, and limited music playback, would be a boon for visually-impaired users.

    Details on Google Home are also few and far between, but it seems likely it will be based on the existing chromecast tech.. Alexa Echo/Dot only offers bluetooth functions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mherger View Post
    A few questions:

    - should the system be an always on, always listening system, or on
    demand (eg. key press) only?
    Amazon's offering is always-on/listening; whether that's a good thing or not, I can't decide…

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdmackay View Post
    Amazon's offering is always-on/listening; whether that's a good thing or not, I can't decide…
    Given in our shack we speak 3 different languages in various dialects, I guess there isn't much to worry about ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by cdmackay View Post
    Amazon's offering is always-on/listening; whether that's a good thing or not, I can't decide…
    True, but it is only listening locally for the trigger word (alexa, echo or amazon). It doesn't touch the network at all unless you activate it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdmackay View Post
    Amazon's offering is always-on/listening; whether that's a good thing or not, I can't decide…
    You can play a Sonos favourite if you combine Alexa with Yonomi (which can control Sonos players). So, 'Turn On Sonos Favorite One' starts the Sonos playing the favourite.

    Basic - but interesting. It has to get better ....
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    Quote Originally Posted by digisam View Post
    True, but it is only listening locally for the trigger word (alexa, echo or amazon). It doesn't touch the network at all unless you activate it.
    That is how it is programmed to work by default. If we are lucky, there are no back doors (intended or unintended) to change that...
    "To try to judge the real from the false will always be hard. In this fast-growing art of 'high fidelity' the quackery will bear a solid gilt edge that will fool many people" - Paul W Klipsch, 1953

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    I have an Amazon Echo V2 and have learned to really like voice control. You don't have to have a computing device nearby, just use your voice. This is the future.

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