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Send random messages to google home?


Has anyone setup sending random messages or quotes to the google home?

Right now I have a message sent to one of my google homes when my daughter gets home saying “welcome home”. But it gets boring after awhile. Is there a way to have a data base of messages and Node red would pick a random one every time it was triggered?


Yes i currently have this set up with Node Red. In the “announce” section i utilize the HomeAssistant “template” with the below snippet.

{{ [
"Welcome Home Domenic",
"Domenic you are home, we missed you so much!",
"Welcome home Master",
"Hey there Domenic Welcome Home!",
"Domenic can not hide from the system. Welcome home.",
"Just a quick announcement. Domenic has arrived!",
"My systems are picking up the presence of additional humans. Domenic has been identified as home."
 ] | random }}

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Thanks so much. Going to have so much fun with this. lol

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This is a function node I use for Alexa to say random quotes


I’m using the Alexa as a Media Player component setup and I’m trying to get your function working. How do you get the message to play from a particular Alexa? I changed your media player to the media player that I want to say the message. Also when I manually run the function the debugger will give me a random message showing it works but I cant seem to get it to flow to the Alexa device.



Have you made sure the Entity ID’s match in the function node (line 17) and the Alexa Service node.


I double checked line 17 and it’s correct what is the Alexa Service node?