Inspiration

During morning rush hour, instead of spending time opening the twitter app and checking the most recent tweets by @CCSBuses, why not use Alexa voice services to do the same ? This exactly is what this skill is capable to do. It heavily relies on the @CCSBuses tweets to let user know about the latest update about the bus.

What it does

This Alexa skill tries to retrieve the most recent tweet about the bus number uttered by user. Alexa then reads this tweet to the user.

How I built it

I built it using the Alexa Skills kit and NodeJS service running on AWS environment. The nodeJs service uses Twitter REST API to look for most recent tweet about the bus number.

Challenges I ran into

  • Figuring out the Alexa APIs
  • Using Twitter REST API from Node JS APIs.

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

  • Could be helpful to the parents during morning rush hour when one has no time to keep checking the mobiles.

What I learned

  • Alexa Skills
  • NodeJs

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