If you happen to be presenting your Sayspring prototype in a location with a spotty Internet connection, we have a few tips to ensure the demo process is as seamless as possible.
To start out, your voice assistant (Amazon Alexa or Google Home) won't function at all without an Internet connection. This means, of course, the Sayspring skill won't be accessible either.
Here are some preventable actions you can take before you demo, as well as some saves if you run into connectivity issues mid-presentation:
1. Before the meeting, record a short video of the demo to show as a backup just in case you are unable to access the internet.
This is also helpful for following up afterwards. If you send a link to the video posted on a private YouTube page in an email, people in the meeting can share it with others who didn't attend if needed.
Here's an example of a demo video for a food delivery skill:
2. If the WiFi at your demo location has a separate login page, which guest networks often have, the Alexa app might have issues connecting. If you can, try to get to the meeting early to set up your Alexa device and ask to connect to the main network.
3. Consider tethering to your mobile phone or a personal hotspot device. This usually works well for the span of a demo, but make sure you double check the connection before you present.
4. If you find yourself in the middle of a presentation without connection, you can access Alexa by clicking on the microphone in the standard Amazon mobile app (not the Amazon Alexa app). It's definitely not ideal, but in a pinch, you can demo a Sayspring prototype on your phone.
For more information on troubleshooting, take a look at this article.