We were really hyped about playing with the Amazon Echo, trying to get Alexa to say all kinds of crazy things. But even with all the functionality it does have, there are a number of things that it should have; this is where it all started.
What it does
Alexa hears her name, "tweet", and your message. We extract the message to send and get various data from it; this includes getting popular hashtags and associations with what you wrote. In addition, we used IBM Watson to get the emotions associated with the tweet. A response is sent back to Alexa who reads a message based on the overall mood of the tweet.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We're proud that we worked on things that we've never done before or had little experiences with.
What we learned
We learned how to work with some new APIs and technologies such as Twilio.
What's next for Alexa Smart Tweeter
We're hoping to patch things up to work perfectly and to deploy it soon. We hope that people who own an Echo and love to use Twitter would try out our skill.