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Amazon’s Alexa Will Soon Know What’s Cookin’ On Campus

It’s already been established that Amazon’s Alexa AI is a Penn State fan. Besides starting We Are chants, singing Fight On, State, and having a 409 bumper sticker on its driverless vehicle (probably), Alexa will soon be able to tell you what’s for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at on-campus dining locations.

An open-source GitHub project is currently underway to make this feature compatible with Amazon Echo devices. In its current developmental state, the potential features of this app include:

  • Functionality with South, East, Pollock, West, and North food districts
  • Get hours of operation for each day, district, and meal
  • Ask what’s being served at each restaurant in each dining district for each meal (“What’s Hot Steel & Noodles serving for dinner today?”)
  • Ask for vegetarian and gluten-free options
Some sample code from the GitHub repository.

The project is hosted on GitHub, a website where developers are able to host, contribute, and collaborate on open-source projects such as this one.

The Java-based application, while only 2 months old, still needs some work. The project has been relatively active. The last commit to the development branch was seven days ago as of publication. So, if you’re experienced with Java, feel free to jump right in and start adding commits!

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Alex Bauer

Alex graduated in Spring 2018 with a major in Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He was a first generation Penn Stater from Cheshire, Connecticut along with his two sisters. His favorite things are dogs, coffee, and dogs that shoot hot jets of coffee out of their mouths. If you are Mad Online™ about something Alex wrote on the internet, you can send him threatening emails at [email protected], or harass him on Snapchat and Instagram @TheAlexBauer.


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