How To Install The Google Assistant Skill For Alexa (Summer 2018)

This skill enables Alexa to perform searches using the Google Search engine instead of Bing. It also provides full Google assistant functionality via your Amazon Echo as if you were speaking to Google Home.

This how to video tutorial to guide you through the process of installing the unofficial Google Assistant Skill for Alexa, it will take you through the process step by step in typical Paul Hibbert fashion.

The Google Assistant Skill was created by the Amazing Ross (Tartan Guru) all credit to him, see the bottom of this description for ways to say thank you.

If you have installed the Google Assistant skill previously then there is no need to follow this tutorial! The tutorial has been re-created because Amazon changed their interface so much that it ruined my previous tutorials.

LINKS (THESE ARE LINKS, VISIT THEM WHEN THE VIDEO TELLS YOU TO DO SO)
Link 1:

Amazon Dev portal
Link 2:

Google Cloud Console
Link 3: Google Dev API

Link 4:

Amazon AWS
Link 5:

Amazon S3 console
Link 6:

Google Activity controls
Link 7:

Alexa portal
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CODES (THESE ARE CODES, COPY THEM AND PASTE THEM WHEN THE VIDEO TELLS YOU TO.

Code1:
{
“interactionModel”: {
“languageModel”: {
“invocationName”: “google”,
“intents”: [
{
“name”: “AMAZON.NavigateSettingsIntent”,
“samples”: []
},
{
“name”: “AMAZON.MoreIntent”,
“samples”: []
},
{
“name”: “AMAZON.PageDownIntent”,
“samples”: []
},
{
“name”: “AMAZON.PageUpIntent”,
“samples”: []
},
{
“name”: “AMAZON.ScrollRightIntent”,
“samples”: []
},
{
“name”: “AMAZON.ScrollDownIntent”,
“samples”: []
},
{
“name”: “AMAZON.ScrollLeftIntent”,
“samples”: []
},
{
“name”: “AMAZON.ScrollUpIntent”,
“samples”: []
},
{
“name”: “AMAZON.HelpIntent”,
“samples”: []
},
{
“name”: “AMAZON.NextIntent”,
“samples”: []
},
{
“name”: “AMAZON.PreviousIntent”,
“samples”: []
},
{
“name”: “AMAZON.StopIntent”,
“samples”: []
},
{
“name”: “AMAZON.CancelIntent”,
“samples”: []
},
{
“name”: “SearchIntent”,
“slots”: [
{
“name”: “search”,
“type”: “SEARCH”
}
],
“samples”: [
“{search}”
]
},
{
“name”: “AMAZON.NavigateHomeIntent”,
“samples”: []
}
],
“types”: [
{
“name”: “SEARCH”,
“values”: [
{
“name”: {
“value”: “who is the queen”
}
},
{
“name”: {
“value”: “why is the sky blue”
}
}
]
}
]
}
}
}

THE BELOW CODES ARE NOT WEBSITES!! IF YOU OPEN THEM THE PAGE WILL BE NONSENSE) JUST COPY THEM INTO THE SAME PLACES AS IN THE VIDEO OPENING THEM WILL ONLY LEAD TO CONFUSION:
Code 2:

https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/googleassistantskillcloudformationbucket/cloudformation.json
Code 3:

https://accounts.google.com/o/oauth2/auth?access_type=offline
Code 4:

https://accounts.google.com/o/oauth2/token
Code 5:

https://www.googleapis.com/auth/assistant-sdk-prototype
Code 6:

https://www.googleapis.com/auth/script.external_req

THIS SKILL IS FREE, BUT IF YOU WANT TO GIVE SOMETHING BACK
Ross and I would like you to donate to the Pancreatic Cancer Society
UK: https://www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk/donate/single-donation/
US: http://www.npcf.us/donate/

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The skill will default to US English and the Google Assistant will think you live in either West Virginia or Dublin depending on which AWS region you used

To change the language to another language and set your location you will need to have the very latest version of Google Assistant installed on your iOS or Android phone.

Using the Google Assistant App on your phone/tablet follow these instructions to set the language to German (the skill will be listed as “Alexa Assistant v1” in the devices section of settings):

https://developers.google.com/assistant/sdk/guides/assistant-settings

You will probably want to turn on the personal results option in the Assistant App as well
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WRITTEN INSTRUCTIONS!
https://github.com/tartanguru/alexa-assistant-instructions/blob/master/fresh_install.md
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How To Get Alexa To Mop Your Floor! โ€“ Proscenic Robovac 811GB

Iโ€™ve managed to get my Amazon Echo to do pretty much everything you could think of, but mopping my kitchen floor is a new one even for me!

This is a review of the Proscenic 811GB Robovac vacuum cleaner, which is one of the cheapest Alexa enabled robovacs Iโ€™ve seen so far and also has a mop function!?… Iโ€™ve tested the Proscenic Alexa skill on both my Amazon Echo Dot and my Echo Show and pitted the vacuum against the Eufy Robovac11 from my previous review.

Is this a viable alternative to a Roomba? Who will win the epic battle of the Robovacs? Who will be the best vacuum cleaner? Letโ€™s find outโ€ฆ

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Echo 2nd Gen:
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US: https://amzn.to/2LhsXXO

Echo Dot 2nd Gen:
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Echo Plus UK: https://amzn.to/2LVWjIv
Echo Plus US: https://amzn.to/2NmnpIT

Echo Spot:
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How To Get Live Sky And Cable TV On Android TV Legally

This is the only Android box Iโ€™ve seen that is capable of HMDI passthrough via its HDMI input.

Finally we can watch live TV from our cable or Sky box using an Android TV interface! It is also capable of overlay of video calls whilst watching Live TV; making it perfect for keeping in touch with elderly relatives who may be suffering from dementia or senility.

This is a review of the Sentab box, an โ€˜Android TVโ€™ based Android set top box that is capable of HDMI pass through for your Sky, Virgin Media, Time Warner Cable, or any other company that provides live TV via a set top box.

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Echo show
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Echo 2nd Gen:
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US: https://amzn.to/2LhsXXO

Echo Dot 2nd Gen:
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US: https://amzn.to/2uCtlpG

Echo Plus UK: https://amzn.to/2LVWjIv
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Echo Spot:
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Continue reading “How To Get Live Sky And Cable TV On Android TV Legally”

Plex Media Server Setup Guide And Why I’m Leaving Kodi

I have been a hard core Kodi fan for more than 10 years now, but I can no longer ignore the lure of Plex and itโ€™s ability to be controlled by Alexa and Google Home. In this episode I will be giving you a comparison between Kodi and Plex and showing you the advantages and disadvantages of both. This episode also serves as a guide on how to setup the Plex Media Server and the Plex media clients on multiple machines to share files across the network using Plex and Alexa.

This Tutorial is the same for the Amazon Firestick too, just search for Plex on your Firestick or Fire TV and install it from the menu!

Plex media server download link: https://www.plex.tv/en-gb/media-server-downloads/

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Broadlink Blackbean:
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Echo Show
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Echo 2nd Gen:
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US: https://amzn.to/2LhsXXO

Echo Dot 2nd Gen:
UK: https://amzn.to/2LdXXZ0
US: https://amzn.to/2uCtlpG

Echo Plus
UK: https://amzn.to/2LVWjIv
US: https://amzn.to/2NmnpIT

Echo Spot:
UK: https://amzn.to/2LgWd0S
US: https://amzn.to/2NlfMTi

Buy a Harmony Hub:
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Sentab Box (Android box):
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How To Control Ceiling Lights Using Google Home And Amazon Echo

This is a how to video tutorial to explain how to control your ceiling lights with Amazon Alexa (Echo) and Google Home using a Broadlink RM Pro to control any non smart RF light switch, this video also serves as a review of the Zemismart RF dimmer switch which is the RF light switch I now recommend for Alexa and Google Home.

Because RF plug sockets and RF light switches are such a cheap alternative to brands like Philips Hue and Wemo this is easily the most affordable way to build a smart home!

VIDEOS MENTIONED IN THIS TUTORIAL
For an indepth explanation as to how to setup the Broadlink RM pro to control this switch watch this video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pdjp6ic99S8

For an indepth explanation of how to wire in an RF light switch watch this video here (*Ignore after 11 minutes as the setup for the Broadlink RM pro is now much easier, see above!*): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfGdEcXL7RQ

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RF MAINS DIMMER SWITCH
Amazon:
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2. US: https://amzn.to/2zLy4uS
3. Germany: https://www.amazon.de/dp/B07FMKMD7S
4. France: https://www.amazon.fr/dp/B07FMKMD7S
5. Italy: https://www.amazon.it/dp/B07DR1KDXQ
6. Spain: https://www.amazon.es/dp/B07FMKMD7S
7. Australia: http://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07F8QRNYZ

BROADLINK
Broadlink RM pro UK: http://amzn.to/2fBFyrg
Broadlink RM pro US: https://amzn.to/2LZF1d1
Broadlink Blackbean UK: http://amzn.to/2nFelnq
Broadlink Blackbean: https://amzn.to/2JOJAdx

AMAZON
Echo dot UK: https://goo.gl/9C2fG1
Echo dot US: https://amzn.to/2JLiELF

RF PLUG SOCKETS
Compatible RF plug sockets here UK: http://amzn.to/2ftUeoJ
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BACKBOX ADAPTOR
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Aliexpress Universal links for the RF mains dimmer:
1. EU: https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/EU-Standard-Wireless-Remote-Control-Dimmer-Light-Switch-With-1-Gang-Touch-Panel-220V-wireless-blue/1848374_32467927635.html
2. US: https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/US-Type-Remote-Control-Touch-Dimmer-Light-Switch-Lusury-Crystal-Glass-Panel-with-blue-LED-backlight/1848374_32495229993.html
3. UK: https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/UK-Standard-Dimmer-Light-Switch-With-Wireless-Remote-Control-1-Gang-Touch-Panel-220V-wireless-blue/1848374_32467931932.html

Official Links for the RF mains dimmer:
1. EU๏ผš http://zemismart.com/zemismart-eu-wireless-remote-control-dimmer-light-switch-1-gang-touch-panel-110v-to-220v-blue-led-backlight-work-with-broadlink_p0074.html
2. US๏ผš http://zemismart.com/zemismart-us-wireless-remote-control-dimmer-switches-1-gang-touch-panel-110v-to-220v-blue-led-backlight-work-with-broadlink_p0075.html

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INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE ZEMISMART SWITCH

1. Factory reset the switch by holding the dim down and dim up buttons on the switch for 10 seconds
(All buttons will flash together to confirm it has been reset)

2. With the switch turned off Press the dim down and dim up button’s on the switch simultaneously for 5 seconds to put it into pairing mode
(The ceiling light will flicker on and off to confirm it is now in pairing mode)

3. Click button 1 on the remote to teach the switch “on”
(the backlight of the switch’s on button will flicker to confirm it is now ready for the next command)

4. Click button 2 on the remote to teach the switch “off”
(the backlight of the switch’s dim up button will flicker to confirm it is now ready to learn dim up)

5. Click dim up on the remote to teach the dim up command
(the backlight of the switch’s dim down button will flicker to confirm it is now ready to learn dim down)

6. Click dim down on the remote to teach the dim down command

 

2018 Yi Discovery Action Cam With Sony Sensor: Give Away & Review

This is a straight talking video Review and Give Away of the Yi Discovery Sports Action Camera. It is also a no nonsense guide to buying any digital camera.

Xiaomi are known for their quality, but in this case the camera is also incredibly cheap at only ยฃ50. I have also given you the best comparison possible between my previous favourite: the Muson 4K action camera and the Xiaomi Yi Discovery Sport Action Camera.

The competition is now closed. Congrats to pitpony2006, who has won the Yi Discovery camera.

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New Kodi Amazon Alexa Skill: Best Kodi Addon Ever- July 2018 Tutorial

The most powerful Kodi addon yet! This is the easiest tutorial so far for how to control Kodi with Alexa. In this guide you will learn how to set up the Kodi Addon and install the Alexa Skill to get the two to talk to each other, it is literally a 5 minute job. I’m using Kodi Exodus, but the skill should work with all versions including those hosted on Firestick, Fire TV, Android box, Raspberry Pi, Kodi box, and any other Operating System that runs Kodi.

This is a beta trial for the Alexa Skill that you can join by contacting Tomas (See the address in the STEPS section below). Once the skill is finished and officially available on the market place then I will update the links but the setup process will be basically the same.

***CORRECTION TO THE VIDEO*** I said that you must use your Amazon details to register on Tomas’ server. The opposite is true, you don’t need to and if you’re concerned about the security of giving your amazon details to a stranger then you should use a different address!

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STEPS:
1. Ask Tomas nicely if you can join his Beta skill ๐Ÿ˜‰ :

kodi.connect.server@gmail.com

2. (03:44) Enable the Beta skill in the Alexa app using the email from Tomas

3. (04:41) Register on Tomas’ server

4. (05:14) Create a device name on Tomas’ server and generate the secret key

5. (06:02) Install the Kodi addon from:

https://github.com/kodi-connect/kodi-connect-addon/blob/master/readme.md

6. (07:06) Configure the Kodi addon with your email address and secret key

7. (07:50) Ensure the skill is enabled at:

https://alexa.amazon.co.uk/spa/index.html#skills/beta/

8. (08:09) Choose the Echo dot you want to link to the Video skill

LINKS
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Buy smart home devices related to Alexa:

 

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Broadlink RF Setup Guide For Google Home & Alexa App + All Common Fixes

This is a beginners guide to the Broadlink RM Pro. In this guide you will learn how to set up the Google Home app and the Alexa App to work with IHC to control any RF device that can be controlled via the “Broadlink Smart Home” Alexa skill. Because RF plug sockets and RF light switches are such a cheap alternative to brands like Philips Hue and Wemo this is easily the most affordable way to build a smart home!

Also in this guide are all the common fixes to most problems including the recent GDPR situation that causes Alexa to not find the devices or to resolve the common bug: “the device is not responding”

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Tutorial: How To Play My Own Music On Alexa

Ever wanted to know how to play your own MP3 music collection on Alexa without uploading it to Amazon? This is a how to video tutorial on how to play your own music on Alexa from either your PC, Apple mac, Linux box, or Raspberry Pi. Your MP3 collection, Wav files, Flac, OGG, WMA and even itunes playlists will all stream to Alexa just by installing a skill. It will even stream the album art work to the Echo spot and Echo show to give you seamless experience.

This is a like for like alternative replacement to Amazon Music and spotify without the monthly subscription fee.

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LINKS:

MyMedia:
https://www.mymediaalexa.com/

Buy an Alexa:
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Alexa Welcome home message – A How to guide

This is a how to tutorial video to show you how to get Alexa to welcome you home.

This is a simple tutorial in typical Paul Hibbert style to show you how you can use Tasker to trigger a welcome home message from Alexa automatically as you walk through the front door. It is completely free and will not consume any battery. The welcome home message is completely customisable and super easy to achieve

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Download my pre-recorded Alexa welcome home messages here:
http://www.paulhibbert.co.uk/downloads/

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