anyone tried alexa in the shop yet
it might be useful for this
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thinking more on this they will need to make one for high noise
and high dust environment
wondering if it can learn the background noise and still function
for example if you have the fan on or maybe music is playing or the
windows are open and there is traffic noise or wind noise
On Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 12:57:31 PM UTC-5, Electric Comet wrote:
She listens to me even while the TV is playing right above the pod.
She listens to me when music is playing. If she didn't how could she raise
volume, stop the music, pause to answer a question, etc.?
Sometimes she picks up ambient noises and responds. I was watching TV the o
and the character, using a southern accent, said "Relax, son".
The pod mistook "Relax, son" for "Alexa" and looked up some information bas
ed on what
the character said next. I said ”Alexa, stop" and she shut up.
tv is white noise but technically it is not
put it in the shop with some shop noise and report back
would expect it to filter out white noise with some training but
ruggedized alexa would be good offering they could add some other
things to it
it could measure the size and density
and alert for n95 or higher or lower
could also measure hazardous volatile levels for painting
could also measure noise levels and alert to put on ear protection
temp and humidity would be useful too
should have an inventory system as well
you come back from the store and it scans the bar code
then as you use the materials you update inventory
would be good to have it store the location too
alessa two inch stainless hinges
there are two pairs of two inch stainless hinges and both are in a3
That's a ton of work for very little gain. Here's an absolute truth
about storage: If you can't find it, you don't have it. No computer
inventory system will help you out there.
Analyze, organize and build/purchase the proper storage holders and
you'll be good.
If you want to buy an always-on internet connected microphone, do so. As
for me and my shop, we'll avoid electronic nonsense such as always-on
internet connected microphones and other Internet of Things (except
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On Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 12:53:23 PM UTC-5, Electric Comet wrote:
No training required.
I placed Alexa on the router table.
I turned on the shop vac (inside a foam lined, 3/4 plywood cabinet). Asked
Alexa for the forecast, got it.
I left the vac on, turned on the router table (PC690 router), powered up a
cordless drill. Asked Alexa for the forecast, got it.
I left the vac on, turned off the router table, turned on the table saw,
powered up a cordless drill. Asked Alexa for the forecast, got it.
Left the vac and table saw on, turned on the TV (louder than I normally
would) and turned on the stereo (louder than I normally would). Asked Alexa
for the forecast, got it.
I left the vac, TV and stereo on, turned off the table saw, turned on the
router table. Asked Alexa for the forecast, did not get it. Yelled. Nothing.
Yelled really loud, got the weather forecast. I then moved Alexa off of the
router table to a spot about 5' away. Not closer to where I was standing, in
fact farther away. I had to yell, but not as loudly as before to get the
So, based on the extreme scientific rigor of my testing, I will say that
under (my) normal shop usage, which will typically consist of the enclosed
vac, one power tool and either the TV or stereo, Alexa needs no training
or enhancements to function normally.
BTW: If anyone ever catches me operating the router table and yelling for
Alexa to give me the forecast at the same time, please kill the breakers
for the shop receptacles, pull my ass out of there, lock the door and
throw away the key.
On Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 9:46:39 AM UTC-5, Ed Pawlowski wrote:
Alexa doesn't talk to users in that manner, but I can guarantee you that users talk to
Alexa like that.
We're getting close to renaming ours with a wake word that starts with B and it sure isn't
On Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 10:55:40 PM UTC-5, Puckdropper wrote:
Unfortunately, according to Amazon (and Alexa - I asked her earlier this
evening) there are only 4 choices:
Apparently "Computer" is a fairly recent addition.
Seems to me that of those choices "Echo" is probably the safest as far as
limiting false positives.
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