It's time for the boot camp! Whether you want to loose weight, just have fun tracking your progress or in need of a serious push. He is there for you. 24/7. Get Notifications when he wants to know your status so you will have a hard time to procrastinate.
I need to stay motivated so I created Drill Sergeant. Before that I was thinking about creating him for 2+ years. Obviously I would have needed Drill Sergeant much earlier ...
What he does
he kicks *§$)=!$/ ... track your progress, earn medals and trophies on your way to a better version of yourself. He sure can help you.
How I built it
with a lot of nerves
Challenges we ran into
Unfortunately alexa had a bit of a hard time to connect to the server when we tried to make a comprehensive video (super last minute of course) so not all animations (for example with the face) didn't make it to the video. Unfortunately not in the video: nice character animations with eyes and body parts, notifications, daily checkup, challenges etc
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
Everything - especially the nice menu and character animations done with APL. And that I "finished" it after having the idea for it for some time now -> 2017 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41LZtrZ8riQ.
What I learned
a lot! well, loooooooooot. On our way to finish the drill sergeant we also made a skill that allows a user to create a template with animations controlled only by voice. Unfortunately time was a bit limited so I couldn't make a demo video for that skill as well.
What's next for Drill Sergeant
- a better demo video!!! and demo page
- Graphics as avg ("svg") instead of pngs.
- Currently the graphs are generated on the server and then rendered on the alexa device. We are looking forward to deliver all of them as avg. more supported sports / challenges / goals and more features realise my other coach ideas