Sugr Cube Beta for Amazon Alexa Voice Service (AVS)
Alexa Voice Service (AVS) enables connected devices to listen and understands your voice.
Sugr team is working to integrate AVS into our device to offer voice-enabled music experiences and more. To help us improve our software, please follow below steps to test our beta software for AVS.
I. beta firmware installation
- Make sure you have a Sugr Cube on hand, and you have an Amazon account. Please note that Prime account can access more AVS features, normal account also works. For more information, please refer to (Amazon Echo and Review)
- Please send Sugr an Email with title: Sugr Cube AVS beta test with your full name. We will prepare an NDA for you.
- Install latest Sugr Cube app (iOS, Android)
Turn on the knob of Sugr Cube, open the app. If you have problem setup Sugr Cube, please refer to our FAQ.
Beta software installation: On the Cube app, follow below steps
Press and hold “Firmware” for 3 seconds, you will see beta firmware pop-up window. Install that. Wait till Sugr Cube reboot itself, you got the latest test software.
II. Amazon account login
Sugr Cube uses the double tap gesture to activate Alexa. Please try double tap the top of Cube. It should reminds you to login your Amazon account.
To do that, please open your Cube app, find the Amazon Alexa logo button like below
Touch this button and move on with login process.
After login, please double tap the Cube, quickly you will hear a “Ding” notification, after that, just ask “what’s your name”. You should be able to hear “My name is Alexa”. Yes, that's it, start play with it. If not so successful, don’t panic, let us help you. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for any issues.
III. What to try
Alexa is a pretty cool music player, more than that, there’s lots of things to try, below are some examples:
1. What is the meaning of life
2. who is your mother
3. Is there a Santa
4. What is your favourite color
5. Are we friends?
6. You are so cool
7. How big is great wall of China
8. How far away is the moon
9. Are you SkyNet?
10. Will you marry me?
11. Do aliens exist?
12. How many teeth do sharks have
13. where do you live?
For Music, Sugr Cube supports iHeartRadio and Prime Music now. We will integrate more services with coming releases. You need to enable these services either with Alexa app (iOS Android ) or Alexa website. You can try “Play rock on iHeartRadio” “Shuffle My music”.
This is one big step to move into Artificial Intelligence era, Sugr is very proud to be part of it. And we very much appreciate Amazon Alexa team’s support.
Thank you all and let’s together to make Sugr Cube better.
Our partners have reported that downloading firmware was extremely slow on some sites. Yes, we confirm this issue and it was a technical issue related to Sugr Cube bandwidth allocation. Currently the solution is:
a. First, please restore Sugr Cube to its factory default firmware (most of your device should be version 20151124). How to do that: there's a reset hole close to USB hole on the rear side, please use a needle to press and hold the hole for 10 seconds. Voice notification will tell you the progress.
b. After restore, please find the Cube on the app, long-press-hold the "Firmware" text on the menu. And update to latest BETA firmware again. Once the update is successful, it solves both problems.
We are sorry for the trouble and appreciate your effort very much!