I have set-up a few routines in the morning to wake up the kids with a progressive lighting and music, remind them that it’s 15 minutes before leaving, that it’s sports day… I have done so with Alexa and it works like a charm. The only down side is that sometimes we rent the house or it’s a bank holiday and there should be no routines executed during those times. I have to manually go into Alexa and disable everything and re-enable it. A bit tedious and not wife friendly and ought to be automated!
What I have done to automate is the following:
- Created some new modes in Smartthings (Vacation, House Rented).
- Created virtual garages in Smartthings (so they get exposed in the Alexa routines)
- Set up some rules in Webcore so that the Virtual Garages opens on certain conditions (not vacation, workdays, time of day…)
- Set-up routines in Alexa that are triggered by the Virtual Garages.
It seems to work well.
The only missing piece for me is I would like to be able to select the house mode (Home, Vacation, House Rented…) directly from HomeKit which is where we control everything in a user friendly way.
Ideally I would want a dropdown which lists the different modes available. I noticed the dropdown is possible since this is what I get to select inputs on my TV button on the home app.
Would you know how I could create a Simulated TV in Smartthings that gets pushed to HomeKit via Homebridge and where the Input buttons would be listed in a dropdown?
Maybe I am over complicating and there is a much simpler way to do this and I am all ears!