The latest features, releases and upgrades.
This is a huge release! It's the next phase of the Voice Monkey journey helping you to make your Alexa smart home even smarter.
Plus, with the release of Flows and Apps we want to help you craft your Ambient Home.
Here's what's new...
You're looking at it right now. This new site is quicker and slicker and shows off our new branding. This will be the central location for new helpful guides, tutorials and documentation going forward.
Basic - Our FREE plan is now even better. As well as unlimited virtual devices/triggers + API the FREE plan gives you access to some apps (see below).
PRO - PRO has now been deprecated. PRO was our first ever paid plan. We constantly had feedback from Voice Monkey users on how cheap it was. They were right. It only just about covered running costs of the platform and it didn't incentivise development and further improvements. We have now stopped offering this plan to new users. Existing PRO subscribers can continue using the PRO plan. Not only that, but you now have access to new features such as Flows and basic Apps (see below). Some features such as Media and Schedules are avaiable only on the Premium plan. You can upgrade to Premium at any time.
Premium - Our new plan offers full access to all Voice Monkey features for a low monthly price (cancel any time). With the new features and all the cool upgrades coming soon this plan represents great value. Look out for regular offers too.
Flows (Beta) is a new powerful feature which opens up new possibilities for your Alexa smart home.
With Flows you can add Actions that occur in sequence. Actions range from making announcements, displaying videos, playing audio, triggering Routines and more.
You can for example add an "Audio" action which plays an Audio file over your Amazon Echo device. This Flow can then be triggered from an Alexa Routine, an API call, on a schedule or manually through the console.
Flows also replaces the Presets feature, which was very inflexible. Yes/No prompts are now much easier with Flows. Create a "Question" action and then add actions for the Yes+No responses. Easy.
The possibilities with Flows are endless. And there are plenty of enhancements to come.
Apps are our easy to use pre-configured experiences.
We're starting small and would love your feedback on the current Apps and new ones you'd like to see.
To start we've launched ambient sounds to help you sleep and focus including White Noise and Fan Noise. We also have some clock sounds like Cuckoo Clock which are designed to chime either each our or every quarter hour.
We have loads more Apps in the pipeline and are excited to share them with you.
We've launched version 2 of the API and made several changes, please read on.
API v1 - The old version of the API is now deprecated. It's still available and will continue to work but will no longer be updated or supported. All documentation will now refer to v2.
API v2 - v2 creates some new endpoints, adds and re-names some parameters, changes the authentication slightly and removes some previous features.
Authentication - Instead of an access and secret token, you now need to provide one "token" parameter either as a GET or POST param or in the header of the request. See the docs for more info.
Announcement API - This is the endpoint to use when pushing content to an Echo device, whether that's making an announcement, playing audio or displaying a video. We've added some new parameters that allow more control over images and video.
Troutine Trigger API - This is the endpoint to use for triggering your Alexa routines.
Flows Trigger API - This is the endpoint to use for starting a Flow.
Playground - The API Playground (found in the console) has been updated. The Presets and Logs functionality has been removed. We may re-instate new logging functionality soon.
Please refer to documentation for more information and use the Playground in the console to test the API.
Both Apps and Flows make use of Schedules.
With Flows, this enables you to trigger a Flow on a schedule. Want to trigger an Alexa routine every hour? That's now possible.
Apps can also run on a schedule. Want White Noise played for 12 hours starting at 9pm each night. Easy.
Schedules are only available on the Premium plan.
Often, Voice Monkey users want to play an audio or video file in their requests but up until now it relied on you hosting media on your own servers or Dropbox / Google Drive etc.
With the Media upload feature you can now upload personal files to Voice Monkey and easily get a URL you can use in your projects.
Media uploads are only available on the Premium plan.
We're working on new features, enhancements to Flows, new Apps, guides, documentation and much more. If you have any feedback or there's a feature you'd like to see please get in touch and let us know.
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