How to fix Amazon’s Echo device with an Arduino and some Raspberry Pi 3 code
By Steve HankeTechCrunch | Oct 2, 2018 8:08AMA few days ago, Amazon announced its latest Echo device, the Echo Dot.
It comes with Alexa support, but that doesn’t mean it has the capabilities to do everything you want it to.
The Echo Dot’s ability to control all your devices, like lights and appliances, was only made possible with the help of an Arduino microcontroller, and that’s where we’ll be taking a look at some of the more useful features of the Echo.
First up is the ability to remotely control the Echo device itself.
To do so, just plug it into an AC outlet and plug it back into the wall.
You’ll need a small, easy-to-read LED indicator light, as well as an Arduino Uno board.
The device will then start to blink to let you know that it’s connected to the internet.
To start, you’ll need to download and install the Arduino Unobtanium 3.2.0.
This is a version of the programming language that is specifically designed for low-power computers.
You can find the complete version of Arduino Unoconnect here, but you can also download the latest version from the Arduino website and compile it for your computer.
Once you’ve got it compiled, you’re ready to begin.
To begin, you need to upload your sketch to the Arduino IDE.
Go ahead and download the sketch and open it in the Arduino editor.
Next, go to Tools > Upload and copy and paste the code that you just uploaded into the text box.
The code will look something like this:The Arduino IDE will now open a dialog asking you to select the correct platform and upload your code.
Selecting platform A will then upload the code.
Selecting platform B will then choose the language, which will be chosen from the options that pop up when you first launch the IDE.
Select platform C will then select the target platform, which is usually the one that you’ve chosen.
You don’t need to select a platform specifically; all you need is the platform you want to use, as described above.
Select the upload button and the Arduino will upload the sketch.
Once it’s uploaded, the device will reboot and you’ll be asked if you’d like to continue.
Select OK and your Arduino should now display a list of available devices, including your Echo.
If everything is OK, you should see the device connected to a network.
You should now be able to send commands to the device and it should respond with data from a webpage or other web application.
Now, let’s talk about the Raspberry Pi.
We’ve already mentioned the Amazon Echo, but now it’s time to show you how to build a Raspberry Pi 2 using the same Arduino Unbend sketch.
This will allow you to control the Amazon Alexa device remotely, without having to download a new sketch.
You only need one line of code to get started:The next step is to upload the Arduino sketch and configure it to run on the Raspberry Pis hardware.
To accomplish this, we’ll use the Arduino library.
This library provides many of the functionality of Arduino, including its ability to communicate over USB.
Open up the Arduino Preferences > Board and then select “Arduino Library”.
The library has a list which includes the Arduino sketches that we’ve downloaded, as shown in the following image:Once you’ve selected a sketch, it will be highlighted in the IDE and you can then select it from the menu.
In this case, I’m going to choose the one with the title “Alexa 2”.
After you’ve clicked on the link, you will be taken to a dialog box with three options:The first option will tell you to choose an IP address for the device.
This option will automatically add a port number to the Ethernet interface.
The second option will specify the hardware version number of the Arudino library, which you’ll see below.
The third option will choose whether the library should automatically add the Ethernet port number, or whether you’ll have to enter your own configuration.
In this case I’ll select the option that will automatically configure the ArUDino library to automatically add port numbers to the ArDuino.
We’ll leave the option to set port numbers for the Arduino as default.
Now that the Arduino has configured itself, it’s ready to upload our sketch.
Go to Tools and upload the following sketch:When you’re finished, you can check to make sure the sketch is connected to your computer by clicking the Upload button, then clicking the Verify button.
This should now show the ArArduino library connected to an ethernet port.
To do this, you simply need to plug the Ethernet cable into your computer and follow the instructions in the dialog box.
If everything looks right, you may now be ready to use the Alexa device.
This is what Alexa’s interface looks like when connected to Raspberry Pi:It should now work.
When Alexa connects to your device, you’ve