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I came across the following post regarding Semantic Extensions on Amazon's developer site.  It is dated September 25.  Of great interest is the following:

Enable More Natural Control with Open, Close, Raise, and Lower Semantic Extensions

We introduced toggle, range, and mode, each with their own general voice model, to give developers building blocks to easily model a wide range of device functionality. Now we are adding semantic extensions (coming soon) that give you the ability to map these building blocks to specific voice models that better fit your device’s functionality. The first semantic extensions (coming soon) enable you to support utterances that use “open”, “close,” “raise,” and “lower” commands such as “Alexa, open the window” and “Alexa, lower the movie screen”. These new semantic extensions (coming soon) can be used to deliver natural control of devices such as projector screens, windows, water valves, closets, drawers, garage doors, gates, curtains, shades, blinds, awnings, and more.

Smart shades from LutronSchellenberg and IKEA will be Alexa-enabled, designed to use the open, close, raise and lower semantic extensions (coming soon). This enables them to support phrases such as “Alexa, open the shades”, and “Alexa, raise the shades halfway”. Garage door openers from Nexx and beam Home will be Alexa-enabled, designed using the mode controller, along with open and close semantic extensions (coming soon) to support phrases such as “Alexa, close the garage door”.

@bmercier - Any thoughts about if/when we will get this support for our spokens?

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On 12/26/2019 at 9:19 PM, mapeter said:

I came across the following post regarding Semantic Extensions on Amazon's developer site.  It is dated September 25.  Of great interest is the following:

Enable More Natural Control with Open, Close, Raise, and Lower Semantic Extensions

We introduced toggle, range, and mode, each with their own general voice model, to give developers building blocks to easily model a wide range of device functionality. Now we are adding semantic extensions (coming soon) that give you the ability to map these building blocks to specific voice models that better fit your device’s functionality. The first semantic extensions (coming soon) enable you to support utterances that use “open”, “close,” “raise,” and “lower” commands such as “Alexa, open the window” and “Alexa, lower the movie screen”. These new semantic extensions (coming soon) can be used to deliver natural control of devices such as projector screens, windows, water valves, closets, drawers, garage doors, gates, curtains, shades, blinds, awnings, and more.

Smart shades from LutronSchellenberg and IKEA will be Alexa-enabled, designed to use the open, close, raise and lower semantic extensions (coming soon). This enables them to support phrases such as “Alexa, open the shades”, and “Alexa, raise the shades halfway”. Garage door openers from Nexx and beam Home will be Alexa-enabled, designed using the mode controller, along with open and close semantic extensions (coming soon) to support phrases such as “Alexa, close the garage door”.

@bmercier - Any thoughts about if/when we will get this support for our spokens?

This feature will be added, but it's not scheduled yet.

Benoit

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On 3/25/2020 at 8:42 AM, bdw72 said:

Open worked great for my garage door opener which has an io linc.  Close did nothing, but when i said "Open" again, it closed.

In that admin console, can you close your garage door by issuing a turn off on the iolinc device?

Open/Close are synonyms for turn on/turn off.

I think your iolinc is configured to momentarily close contact when you issue a turn on, which triggers your garage door movement.

Benoit

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