If you’ve been patiently waiting for the Fire OS 5 software update to bring Alexa to your first generation Fire TV or Fire TV Stick, you can get a peak of the coming features by trying Alexa from your browser using this new web application. Alexa Web lets you interact with Alexa, the same way you do with the Amazon Echo or Fire TV, directly from a website. You can’t do everything, like play music, with the web app that you can do from Amazon’s hardware, but most Alexa features are accessible. The web app even gives access to all 100+ Alexa Skills, as long as you first enable them through the Alexa portal.
Alexa Web was created by Sam Machin based on code he built at the BattleHack 2015 World Finals. Machin has created other interesting Alexa hacks, like giving Alexa a phone number and building his own $10 Echo speaker. To use Alexa Web, you must grant Machin’s application access to use Alexa on your Amazon account. Once linked, click and hold in the center of the blue circle while you speak your command. Just like with the Fire TV, you don’t need to say “Alexa…” before each command. Once done playing with the app, you can revoke access to your Alexa account here.