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MediaMania
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Voice Control

Post by MediaMania » Fri Feb 15, 2019 8:39 pm

Hi,

I cannot find anything on this in the forum (I searched for the term Alexa) but I was wondering if their are any plans to create an Alexa Skill for voice control of UMS.
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MediaMania
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Re: Voice Control

Post by MediaMania » Tue Feb 19, 2019 10:24 pm

I would use UMS if it had voice control.
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Re: Voice Control

Post by atamariya » Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:55 am

UMS is merely a UPnP server. Alexa skill would be useful with a UPnP contoller e.g BubbleUPNP Player.

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Re: Voice Control

Post by MediaMania » Sat Feb 23, 2019 1:02 am

I currently use something similar - Serviio (free version) and you have to go PRO to use it with Alexa. I thought with a similar Alexa Skill it could control UMS in the same way?
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Re: Voice Control

Post by MediaMania » Tue Feb 26, 2019 4:06 am

atamariya wrote:
Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:55 am
UMS is merely a UPnP server. Alexa skill would be useful with a UPnP contoller e.g BubbleUPNP Player.
I am sorry but I did not understand your reply. It seems that UMS can do everything that Serviio can do and more and serviio can be controlled by a skill for Alexa. Can UMS not do this?
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Re: Voice Control

Post by atamariya » Thu Feb 28, 2019 8:15 pm

I think one major limitation in case of UMS is the following requirementby Alexa:
The audio file must be hosted at an Internet-accessible HTTPS endpoint on port 443. HTTPS on port 443 is required, and the web server must present a valid and trusted SSL certificate. Self-signed certificates are not allowed. Many content hosting services provide this. For example, you could host your files at a service such as Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) (an Amazon Web Services offering).
If only Alexa could accept HTTP url (supported by UMS), developing a skill would be straightforward.

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Re: Voice Control

Post by MediaMania » Thu Mar 07, 2019 4:33 am

Hi and thank you atamariya for your answer here and on git hub https://github.com/UniversalMediaServer ... ssues/1766
So what we would need is a hosting server service with https costing a few hundred $ a year and then maybe modify UMS to work with https and then an Alexa skill? Then sell the service to 100 people at $5 a year to break even ? any more subscribers and you are in profit.

This must be how Mymedia for Alexa deals with this for record collections. Watch the video at https://www.mymediaalexa.com/#section-1
It would be great if mymedia could be developed to 'push' video files to a smart TV on voice command.

Actually now I am wondering if this could be done with Dragon Naturally Speaking or even with the voice recognition built into Windows. Then all you would need is a very responsive microphone.
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