After figuring out the potential of the Amazon Echo and the many ideas I could develop as a SKILL, I decided to implement something that I myself use very often and feels kind of tedious when using the available apps:
Finding the next share bike station that has bikes available.
The guys from
citybik.es offer a robust API to get all necessary information for nearby stations but it is lacking a solution to find stations in any network right now.
I had to cut the available networks down to just the San Fransisco Bay Area for prototyping but if the interest is there I'd be happy to grow the project to more networks, like Seattle, London, Berlin, Prague an the rest of the world.
To start the downloaded skill just say:
"Alexa, ask Bike Finder set location to four two five Lakehouse Ave, San Jose, CA nine five one one oh"
or address you fancy for you. Just keep in mind that you will only see stations in the Bay Area right now.
To find a nearby free bike, say:
"Alexa, ask Bike Finder where is the next bike"
Alexa will tell you the location of the closest station with bikes.