Alexa can now work with motion sensors and contact switches
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Below from th4e Alexa Developer site:

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We’re excited to announce that contact and motion sensors can now be connected to Alexa, and that updates from sensors can now activate Alexa Routines, unlocking new customer scenarios in home automation, monitoring, and control. Customers can connect contact and motion sensors to Alexa in two ways: either through a smart home skill that uses the new Contact and Motion Sensor APIs, or with a compatible Zigbee sensor paired directly to Echo Plus or a compatible smart home hub. And starting today, SmartThings customers can use the sensors connected to their SmartThings hub with Alexa by enabling the SmartThings skill. So now, with the appropriately configured smart home skill or connected Zigbee sensor, a customer can ask, "Alexa, is the master bedroom window open?" and Alexa will respond with its status.
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Full story here:

https://developer.amazon.com/blogs/alexa/post/bda9d70c-2f0d-454d-9939-2eb82868cf35/announcing-contact-and-motion-sensor-apis-and-integration-into-alexa-routines-adding-new-home-automation-features-for-customers-and-new-opportunities-for-smart-home-developers

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If Iris added it to the Iris skill, I assume both would work.    Smartthings has added it and contact sensors appear when discovering devices.  You can ask if a sensor is open or closed and Alexa will respond if it is open or closed.  You can also ask for the temp at each sensor.

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4 hours ago, Vettester said:

Currently the Iris skill does not support contact sensors.

Yes, that is a big gap that it would be nice if they did enable it.

You could then poll devices for temperatures all around the house. It might be possible to create scenes in Alexa that react to temperature or motion or the status of a contact sensor.

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True, they are not going to invest any funds in developing the Iris platform further
since they are looking to unload it after having deemed it not profitable.

But if there is life after Lowes, it would be nice.

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