Feature request: Support Amazon Show for viewing live video streams
  • I don't know if the Amazon Show will ship only to the US initially, but they announced a skills and API kit for integrating live video and at least one IP Camera vendor has done it:

    https://techcrunch.com/2017/06/22/amazons-echo-show-gets-more-practical-by-adding-support-for-smart-home-camera-feeds/
  • Here's the actual Amazon Skills tech info:

    https://developer.amazon.com/public/solutions/alexa/alexa-skills-kit/docs/building-smart-home-camera-skills

    According to the press releases of the last few days, the Amazon Show will ship with IP Video support from several camera vendors including Amcrest. Not much detail on the specifics yet.
  • The ability to show on the "Show" the all cameras page would be great
    Bob
  • I've got it working with my Amcrest IP Camera and it works ok. The biggest limitation that it goes through Amcrest cloud service so if you don't have a subscription (I don't, as SecuritySpy is much better) they only give you 2 hours a month of streaming.

    I think the only obstacle here is that the Amazon skills architecture uses OAuth for password/authentication so a 3rd party skill must have at least a minimal cloud-based server (on AWS or equiv) to handle the OAuth.

    Probably the easiest way to show an "all cameras" page would be for SecuritySpy to synthesize a virtual camera stream which is a composited view of all cameras and then expose it as a single stream to the Echo Show (or other viewers).

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