We had many ideas with Alexa, such as communication with other apps, finding best prices for items across the internet, a pitch generator and a movie ticket finder. We ended up choosing something a little different, a meme finder. Memes are a popular form of media that many enjoy today, so we thought of creating a way to bring these enjoyable mediums to people in the most convenient way.
What it does
Meme Finder extracts the most recent meme from a subreddit page, reddit.com/r/memes, and displays it on the Amazon Echo Show screen upon user request. This Alexa skill can be activated by using voice commands with the keyword 'meme'.
How we built it
We used Node.js for webscraping with jsdom, rp, cheerio modules, the AWS Service, and Lambda to utilize our Node.js program to interact with the Alexa Skill we've created.
Challenges we ran into
As students with little experience in high-level programming and web development, there was a decent learning curve. Being new to the Node.js language, AWS Services and Skills, having enough time to read and learn the documentation in addition to developing our product was a real crunch-time. Having mentor help was very helpful and possibly necessary for our attempt.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
As our group's first hackathon, we are proud that we were able to think on our feet, learn new skills and create a new idea within a short span of time.
What we learned
We learned the basics of AWS services and skills, Node.js, and most importantly, web development skills.
What's next for Alexa Meme Finder
Getting the website and Echo show to work seamlessly and fix remaining issues.