Inspiration

We've both wasted too much time trying to fool the great akinator. From a smart-ass genie, a smart-ass AI companion seems like the next logical step.

What it does

Think of someone! Anyone! Alexa will ask you yes/no questions and (hopefully) guess correctly.

(Top Tip: If you don't know an answer you can say: "I don't know", "Probably" or "Probably not")

How we built it

Node.js with the alexa-sdk package. Interfacing directly with akinator.com API endpoints.

Challenges we ran into

  • AWS lambda
  • Faulty zip commands
  • Node.js
  • Stateless design!?!
  • Skynet
  • Unhandled state transitions

Accomplishments that we're proud of

Possibly the first time we've actually finished a hackathon project. With time to spare too!

What we learned

I'll think about that when I'm less sleep deprived

What's next for Hackinator

We'll publish it as a public alexa skill soon

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