Inspiration

Nuisance phone calls while I'm trying to work at home.

And now that we're ALL working at home, Call Handler is a priceless productivity tool. It started as a bit of fun, but it's a great stress reliever, so great for your mental health! Try it and you'll see why.

What it does

Next time you receive a nuisance phone call, don't get stressed. Just launch Call Handler and put the phone down near your smart speaker. Alexa will play a long and friendly (but firm!) rejection message while you walk away smiling.

Your caller will terminate the call eventually, but not before Alexa has kept them on the line just a little longer than necessary. Consider it a public service.

How I built it

NodeJS and self-hosted Lambda, using VSCode and the ASK CLI

Challenges I ran into

Learning APLA... it's slightly different than APL but I love it!

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

With just a few audio tracks and story texts, I'm able to generate literally thousands of unique responses using APLA so there's always something fresh.

What I learned

A bit more about mixing audio, and filters. Looking forward to more filters, like ducking (PLEASE!) which would be perfect for generated voice-overs.

What's next for Call Handler

More content, managed in a CMS and curated where possible.

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