It seems to me that one of the most useful ways I could utilize my Echo Show is as a smart light/smart status indicator. The particular example I have in mind (to show the idea) is:
Just before I start brushing my teeth I hit a smart button that
- activates the recirculator (which starts warming up water)
- starts a 2 minute timer
- at the end of that timer switches off the recirculator (water is now hot, keeping the recirculator going stresses copper joints in the pipes)
Now this basic routine is fine but suffers from no feedback. It would be nice to augment it with a visual display. One possibility is to throw up a full screen timer on the Echo Show. A second possibility is something like force the entire display to red while heating, then flip it to blue once heating is ended.
The goal is generically
- control the Show without talking AND
- have that control in the form of taking over the display.
There’s clearly some market for smart indicator lights (obviously people do this with Hue, but look also at iDevices whose entire product line is predicated on adding a smart indicator light to an otherwise standard smart device! [And good for them! It’s a seriously great idea!!!])
But for some reason I can find no way to use an Echo Show for this sort of task