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Antrikshy asked

How should I set up a smart home skill for personal use?

Why is it so difficult to set up a simple skill that captures "Alexa, turn on xyz" and allows me to do whatever I want with it? All I want to do is capture that request and send it to my Raspberry Pi to handle either through SQS/SNS or in some other way.

Anyone have suggestions or personal experience for this use case?

Why does the dev portal assume I am a smart home product manufacturer with an OAuth login system and everything? Why does the entire UX assume that I will eventually submit every skill for certification? The Alexa platform is not as side project friendly as I'd like it to be.

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nickmadge answered

have a look here: https://github.com/madgeni/alexa_domo

my manual should give you the detail you need, and the code should give you some indication on how to handle the requests

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GadgetChannel answered

You may be better off using something like Fauxmo, which emulates the WeMo protocol in Python. You should be able to use this in a Raspberry Pi, like I have, and run any code you want when your virtual WeMo switches are turned on and off.

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