Bug: Text to speech fails (Resolved)

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Description of the Issue

textToSpeech() often throws a terminating error when called. java.lang.reflect.UndeclaredThrowableException

Resolved: on January 14, 2016, SmartThings officially announced they had changed to a different text to speech service, resolving the problem.[[1]]

Regions affected: All

Phone OS affected: All

UsersAffected: All

Variable or Always Occurs: Variable

Prior/Intended Function

Convert the phrase given to the textToSpeech() function to audio and return an MP3 to be played via a musicPlayer or speechSynthesis device.

Applications utilizing TTS (Text to Speech)

The following version utilize text to speech functionality for supported SmartThings connected speakers and devices

Alexa Helper

Rule Machine

Talking Alarm Clock

[BigTalker]

SmartThings official announcement

https://community.smartthings.com/t/text-to-speech-is-back/35819

Related Issues

Workarounds

https://community.smartthings.com/t/better-an-reloaded-fix-for-tts-texttospeech/22599

Community Discussions

Community discussions may be found in the following threads:

https://community.smartthings.com/t/better-an-reloaded-fix-for-tts-texttospeech/22599

https://community.smartthings.com/t/big-talker-talk-when-events-occur-release-1-1-3/8076/114

https://community.smartthings.com/t/vlc-thing-a-poor-mans-sonos/5433/190

https://community.smartthings.com/t/sonos-issues/7689/15

https://community.smartthings.com/t/release-generic-media-renderer-dlna-speakers-cheap-sonos-alternative-update-v2/11176/253

https://community.smartthings.com/t/sonos-weather-with-dlna-render/20267

https://community.smartthings.com/t/sonos-talking-alarm-clock/16971/64