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Connecting an Amazon Echo Dot to my Model S

Discussion in 'Model S' started by adrockmcamiked, Apr 16, 2016.

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  1. adrockmcamiked

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    It's aliiiiiiive!

     
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    #2 Sm4llz, Apr 16, 2016
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    Very cool. So you're having to turn on your wifi Hotspot on your phone everytime you're doing this right?
     
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    second generation model s?

    in any case, I've been wanting to try this, but would want a more permanent internet solution. Shame we never got hotspot functionality in the car.
     
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    So cool! ATT won't let me tether to my iPhone (unlimited data plan)...
     
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    Too bad that Tesla doesn't give us decent voice command capabilities, instead forcing people to use workarounds like this one, using Siri etc. This is a cool workaround, though....
     
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    Correct. No big deal.
     
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    Ohh very cool. Been using several of the full size echo's around my house since they first came out a year and a half ago. When they announced the dot I was a little confused how that would help me at all but I think you just gave me a good example! Ordering a dot now.... crap... they're out of stock until June 29th :( Order pending though. Maybe I'll try with a full sized echo in the meantime... will just be clunkier.
     
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    I use an Echo in the kitchen but a Dot in the bedroom since the TV has a Bluetooth soundbar that has better sound than the Echo. Also, the small size us nice.
     
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    Very cool. I can see all sorts of possibilities. Do you need to manually connect the hotspot or will it pick it up automatically when you get in the car?
     
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    Well I wanted to try this too but even after rebooting my console numerous times I can't find it with the Bluetooth.
     
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    Nice. I have a regular Echo in the family room and the Dot in the bedroom. I can see the advantage of using it for reading kindle books on long trips. You can listen to books just using your iPhone but it either costs more or you must use VoiceOver.

    For those unaware, the Echo offers natural reading for many Kindle books at no additional cost.
     
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    Love it! My Echo is my favorite tech toy
     
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    I wrote a little sample app that demonstrates how to control the Tesla via the Echo (or Dot) by having the car look like a WeMo switch . It's including in the tesla_wemo example on GitHub - hjespers/teslams

    I run the app on a Raspberry Pi in my home so I can say things like "Alexa, turn my tesla charger/climate on"
     
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    This is very cool and with a refurbished Echo Dot only $29.99 today, I decided to test this out with one of my existing Echo Dots. One of the drawbacks with connecting to the Dot via Bluetooth to the Model S is that you lose your Bluetooth connectivity to your iPhone which means if you want to use your phone to dial someone or answer a call, you'll have to disconnect the Model S from the Dot and connect to your phone. I thought I'd be able to use the Bluetooth Phone to connect to my iphone and then use my Dot to stream media at the same time, but that doesn't seem to be the case. Anyone else have any luck?
     
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    Not sure I understand the point of this? I can say "hey Siri" and do the same thing with my phone. What's the point....?
     
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    Alexa with its 15,000 skills is far more powerful than Siri. For example, I can say "Alexa, put in Howard Stern", Siri cannnot do this.
     
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    Wait a second! I'm a HUGE Stern fan and don't have sirius in my MS. I've been streaming from the app. How does Alexa pull HS stream and from where?
     
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    Sirius has a skill for Alexa. It works awesome. Go to skills in your Alexa app and search for it.
     
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    #19 UCLA98, Jul 5, 2017
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    There is an app called "Reverb" that you can download from Google Play store. You can link it to your Amazon account and give verbal command. It's not handfree. You have to tap to the microphone icon. With this app, I can turn on my tesla's AC with my voice command on my phone. It has limited function...ie it won't play music on spotify or sirus xm.
     
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    Very cool. I imagine very soon Amazon will enable the Alexa app to take voice commands within the app like Google and Microsoft have done for their assistants on their respective iOS apps. With that, you could just open the app when you get in the car and be good to go. Right now they do have Alexa built into the Amazon app (strangely not in the Alexa app as far as I can tell) if you hit the microphone next to the search box. But that would be defeat the purpose of being hands free if you have to touch that little microphone for each command. Seems it is a little bit limited version of full Alexa functionality though.
     

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