Alexa Smart Home On A Budget: The $115 Alexa Starter Kit

As promised, today I continue my Alexa Smart Home on A Budget series. Last time I shared a $150 starter kit and today I'm going even lower, with a $115 starter kit that provides the basic smart home essentials.     Alexa, Audio & Light This setup offers the digital assistance of Alexa, a quality, water-resistant, budget-priced portable speaker for carrying the tunes or audiobooks...

AlexaDev Tuesday: Alexa Literal Slot Deprecation

Publication Date: 11/29/16 - Last week Amazon announced the Literal slot type in the Alexa interaction model is being deprecated.     On 11/25/16, Amazon Senior Alexa Evangelist Michael Palermo shared this: We’ve been listening to your feedback for Alexa feature requests and questions. As such, this post provides details around the deprecation of literal slots. By the time you finish...