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Possible to request status of device or variable through Echo?


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I'm sure it has been asked before and I searched for this but didn't see any matches in the first few pages of results.

Is there a way to get Alexa to get the status of devices like switchlincs, sensors, or at the very least state variables by asking?

I tried created a state variable (pseudo virtual device) and asking what the status of it was, but Alexa says its not supported. Is this something that will ever be supported?

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1 minute ago, dsstrainer said:

And what's the bottle neck there as to why we don't have status ability on devices? Alexa or udi?


Smart Home skills cannot do this at this time. But this might be something Amazon adds eventually. The APIs are already there to query, which the mobile app uses.

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