Well, today is the day that Google announced their new product line and as expected they announced Google Home, a ‘Alexa like’ device that DOES integrate with SmartThings.
Behind the scenes I have been prepping a version of Google Home Helper, a derivative work of Alexa Helper which I released at the beginning of the year. This will have (I hope) the same high level operation as the original Alexa did, requiring the native integration to be active. This will allow NON native things to be accessed (like locks, CORE pistons, routines, modes, etc) Outside of that, however, I have NO other information on the device or how it operates. I have a lot of lessons learned from that experience and need your help to develop this new application.
First, I find myself spending a lot of time on these apps and supporting them. While that is all great as I enjoy it, I DO have a full time job. What I would like to do is take some time off and JUST focus on developing this. However, I would love to see the community (or a specific community member) pre-order one of these devices for me to test against. They will be released on November 1st (ironically, my birthday), so I could commit to have something ready to beta test for that community member within a week. At that point I would say (if the integration goes well), I could start looking for donations to really develop this. I wouldn’t want to take anything before then as I need to ensure the same basic Alexa switch philosophy is in GH (Specifically, the ability to control virtual switches and dimmers).
Sorry to go all ‘capitalist’ on everyone, but these are eating into my life and don’t want my work life to suffer…taking time off to focus on this would really allow me to release something (hopefully) that will match the Alexa Helper’s popularity and usefulness. My eventual goal would be to have integration up to the level of Ask Alexa…but that requires Google to open the API up and I am not 100% sure that is possible at this time.
Thoughts? I did contemplate a Kickstarter, but that seems even MORE greedy and I would be more on the hook to deliver something for sure…that I can not do without the device in hand to test it.
Let me know…if I am crazy, let me know…but enough folks on here know my track record with Alexa so I am not going to simply take the money and run…if this is proof, here is a screen shot of my development (I know…not much proof…I created an icon :))