Alexa Control of RV Lights

Today I finally got all the pieces working to allow Alexa to control my RV lights. It turns out that the Alexa code only took a couple hours to implement, using a great tutorial posted by Kevin Utter on the site. This tutorial shows how to implement in under an hour a trivia game using Alexa. I followed the tutorial, created first a Reindeer trivia game, and then modifying it to be a Lisles Trivia game.

Once I was familiar with the process, I followed similar steps to create my own RvDuino Echo app. This app uses Alexa to listen for commands, and then forwards them to which forwards them to a Photon Arduino.

I didn’t have to write any code on Code running on the Photon instructs what commands to listen for, and which Arduino functions to run as a result. It really doesn’t get any easier than that. This has really made me a big fan now!

I then used the Particle web IDE to write a fairly small Arduino sketch on the Photon that routes commands received from to the desired Arduino Pro Mini over a simple RF24 network.

I’ve posted all the information and code on Github: