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Alexa Skills: Run Computer Commands Remotely with Your Voice

A new skill available called TRIGGERcmd allows you to setup specific computer commands that Alexa can enact upon. There’s an accompanying web site where you create and store your computer commands so that when you utilize Alexa, your voice will trigger the command from the cloud. This requires a computer-side client that you download and install.

To get started, you…

  1. Create an account and login at http://www.triggercmd.com
  2. Download and install the applicable agent for your computer (supports Windows, Linux, and Mac).
  3. During the installation, you’ll be promoted for a special, secure token. This token is obtained from the instructions page.
  4. Once you’ve given the installation the token, your computer will show up in your http://www.triggercmd.com account.

 

After you’ve created your account, installed the software, and your computer shows up in your account, you can then create voice trigger commands that you store in the web site. When you issue a command, Alexa pulls from your stored voice triggers on the web site and delivers them to your computer. You can store multiple commands and run multiple computers.

Some examples of things you might do…

“Run Calculator on Office”
“Trigger Reboot on Raspberry Pi”

There’s a free version of this service that restricts you to being able to send 1 trigger per minute. But, a subscription, which costs $1 per month, removes the 1 trigger per minute barrier.

Where to get it: You can locate the TRIGGERcmd Skill in the Amazon Alexa app, enable it using your voice, or use the following web link: TRIGGERcmd

Alexa is available for Amazon devices Echo, Dot, Tap, Fire tablets, and Fire TV, but also on iOS, Android, and the web with Reverb.ai.


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