Hi good people!!!
Update Dec 3, 2017
HousePanel Beta 1.0 Released under the Open-Dash brand with installation and operation documentation in the following new thread:
All updates and discussion will now be tracked in that thread. Remainder of this post is retained for historical purposes.
Back end groovy code now available on GitHub here:
Update July 15, 2017 :
Front-end php and js code required to use and is now open to all ST community users for beta testing here:
Install instructions are here: https://kewashi.github.io/hpanel-server/ and in the docs folder of the repo.
This still has some rough edges, so beta testing only recommended if you’re ready for
a few bumps in the road. Strongly recommend installing on a local RPi server, but it will work equally well installed on any public facing web server.
Well today is the day that I come out of stealth on a project that I have been working on for about six months. I was inspired by SmartTiles but also frustrated when that went away and was replaced by ActionTiles. I like ActionTile a lot and I use it every day, but the user experience doesn’t match how I like to work, and it is painfully slow sometimes. So I set about to write my own panel application that would run on a local Raspberry Pi. I’m not quite ready to upload this code today, but I am excited to show you some screen shot of the alpha code. I would love to hear your feedback about the concept. The basic concept is to put every thing onto the same web page but separate the tiles into tabs that one can quickly flip back and forth to view.
An options page lists all the things with the tabs shown in columns so you can pick which things show up on which tabs. And thanks to jQuery all the tiles on the panel can be dragged and dropped anywhere. The tabs can also be moved around in any order using drag and drop. Here are some screen shots of the current Alpha code. I hope to fine tune things a bit more over the next few weeks after which time I will provide a free beta user period. Beta users will need to have their own web space to try this out. I use a Raspberry Pi and host it locally to speed it up and for enhanced security.This is what I strongly recommend for all beta users. I will include how-to instructions for installing it on a Pi in the beta release coming soon. I have tested this on a publicly hosted website and it works fine; it is just slower and less secure.
I haven’t decided if and if so how much to charge for this app. One thing for sure, if I do charge anything it won’t be very much - I am not trying to get rich on this, but I wouldn’t mind a little play money to feed my growing maker / IOT hobby.
I know I still need to properly format the Weather tile. The way this works is once the page loads, switching panels or tabs is essentially instantaneous. Tiles currently support: lights, dimmers, switches, motion, contact, thermostat, and weather. Still need to add presence tile. The code is there for water sensors but I don’t have any so I haven’t tested that code yet.
Let me know what you think of the graphical flow and the concept. A quick shout out to this guy on Freelancer who helped me with the graphics: https://www.freelancer.com/u/WahidaNoor.html