The Amazon Echo has just received new IFTTT triggers which may initially seem lackluster, but one trigger in particular has the potential for some interesting possibilities. IFTTT, which stands for “if this then that“, is a web service that acts as a middleman to facilitate communication between dozens of different devices and services. The new triggers added for the Amazon Echo allow IFTTT to perform actions when you ask for sports scores, sports schedules, or request a song. It’s the new song request trigger that I find most intriguing.
Since you can upload an MP3 with a custom title to your Amazon Music Library, this new trigger allows you to, I believe for the first time, perform IFTTT actions with the Amazon Echo using custom phrases. The phrases must just begin with “Alexa, start…“, followed by a customized MP3 title that exists in your music library. Using this simple, yet powerful addition, I’ve been able to create a proof-of-concept that controls the Amazon Fire TV by utilizing the Echo’s voice commands. Here is a sample video showing what can be achieved. I’m currently writing an article, which outlines all the details of how this is done, that I expect to have published on Monday. The process is by no means practical, so don’t expect a simple guide, but it does demonstrate what can be achieved.