Integrating physical devices with IOTA — Amazon Alexa
The full article was originally published by Hugo Gregersen on Medium. Read the full article here.
Alexa, Please send fifty IOTA’s to Alice
Alexa, What is my IOTA balance?
Alexa, What is the current IOTA transaction throughput?
These are some of the cool things you could teach Alexa to do after completing this tutorial…
This is the 20th part in a series of beginner tutorials where we explore integrating physical devices with the IOTA protocol. In this tutorial we will look at integrating the Amazon Alexa virtual assistant with the IOTA protocol. At the same time, we will also get an introduction to the concept of cloud computing as our Python code for this project will be hosted as an AWS Lambda function.
The Use Case
Over time our hotel owner have ended up with multiple IOTA addresses where he receives funds from various IOTA powered devices and services. Now and then he needs to check the balance for these addresses. Only problem is that opening his Trinity wallet or checking thetangle.org takes him away from other tasks he might be doing at the same time. What if he could use some type of voice activated assistant to help him out? He could then get the information he needs, while at the same time stay focused on the task at hand.
Let’s see if we can help him out..
What is Amazon Alexa?
Amazon Alexa is a virtual voice assistant app. developed by Amazon. The Alexa app. comes embedded in many different Alexa enabled devices such as smart speakers, smart TV’s, smart HI-FI systems, smart watches etc. You may even have Alexa embedded in your car in case you haven’t noticed.
Notice that you don’t need an Alexa enabled device to talk to Alexa. You can simply install the Amazon Alexa app. on your IOS or Android smartphone.