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
- Stateless design!?!
- 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