Hove you ever found yourself in a situation when you struggle to find photos from your holiday trip you made a couple of years ago? Or maybe you have a digitized family archive stored on countless hard drives. What if you wanted to view a wedding day of your son or daughter? How easy you can find it? It may take lots of efforts, especially if your photo archive is quite big and it spread across many storage devices and mobile phones.
Most of the time we tend to say to yourself: one day, one day, I will organize it…
For years I was looking for an EASY WAY to play my personal videos: many trips recorded by dash cam, countless videos from my family members’ mobile phones and even a number of movies from our personal collection.
My first choice was Plex. Many people love it. Many people hate it. It’s a personal choice. For me (a software engineer) it looks over complicated in terms of setup, software and hardware upgrades. Most importantly, I don’t want to spend countless hours trying to figure out why my setup doesn’t work.
So, out of necessity I’ve created a new Alexa skill…
Assuming that you’ve already enabled the Sound Stream skill and have at least one playlist with your audio files.
You can find a great tutorial here.
Create a routine for the Sound Stream Alexa skill:
Let say we want to create a “Sleep routine”. It should play a relaxation music or sleep sounds via the Sound Stream Alexa skill.
1. Go to the Alexa app (Android or iOS version) > Menu > More > Routines > YOUR ROUTINES tab
2. Add a new routine by touching the “+” button.
3. Enter routine name > “+” > e.g. …
Initially I developed the Sound Drive Alexa skill that could transform your Google Drive to a media locker. But after a while Google introduced breaking changes in Google Drive API that made impossible to play media files from Amazon Echo devices. That is why I developed a new Alexa skill — Sound Stream that uses Dropbox as a media locker. It is available for AU, NZ, CA, UK, US(EN, ES), IN, ES, DE, FR, IT (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08NDD6TWZ).
I’m a big fan of audio books. At home I use Alexa (Amazon Echo) to play my Kindle books. The Alexa voice is a…
How to play your own audio from your Google Drive with Amazon Echo
(Update: Google changed the Google Drive API which made impossible to use Google Drive as a storage for your music and audio books. So, we launched a brand new Alexa skill — “Sound Stream” that uses the Dropbox as a storage. It’s available for US, UK, CA and AU. More details here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08NDD6TWZ)
One day my wife asked me that she would like to listen her favorite music on Amazon Echo. …
We believe that there is enormous potential for using voice assistants like Amazon Echo or Google Home (Nest) in classrooms.
The ability to plug in the Dropbox to such devices brings even more benefits.
- create curated ‘libraries’ of audiobooks on any topic by simply uploading them to your Dropbox.
- stream those audio books from unlimited number of Echo devices that could be linked to the same Dropbox account.
- the audio books (or any audio recordings) could be streamed simultaneously by multiple Echo devices in many classrooms.
Update notes (15 Nov 2020): initially I developed the Sound Drive Alexa skill that could transform your Google Drive to a media locker. But ~8 months ago Google introduced breaking changes in Google Drive API that made impossible to play media files from Amazon Echo devices. That is why I developed a new Alexa skill — Sound Stream that uses Dropbox as a media locker. It is available for AU, CA, UK, US, IN (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08NDD6TWZ).
I’m a big fan of audio books. At home I use Alexa (Amazon Echo) to play my Kindle books. The Alexa voice is a bit…
After more than 6 years of operation, the SVMS service will be shutting down after June 28, 2017. All your voice messages are safe and will be available on your Dropbox accounts.
That is a difficult announcement to make. While it’s not necessarily the outcome we were hoping for with the service when we started our journey, now is the time to move on. We appreciate every of our users and we determined to provide even better services to make their life easier.
We always believed and still believe in power of human voice interactions. Today the VOICE became the…