Yeah, there are two advantages as I see it:
- Flexibility: Right now I have Virtual Tile 3 tied (using the Wireless 3-way app) to an outlet that have my spare laptop power adapter plugged into. But later I might decide I’d rather have it tied to the lights in the Kitchen. If I was pointing directly at my outlet, in order to change this I need would need to go back to the OAuth page, copy the link address, go to tasker, open the task and paste it in. Not impossible, but certainly more complex then what I have to do right now:
With the virtual tile I just open up the Wireless 3-way app, deselect the laptop outlet, and select the Kitchen light. Save updates and I’m done.
- Complexity: Right now at least you can’t tell a program to run via hitting endpoints, but if I’m firing at a virtual tile I can use that tile as a program trigger. For example, Tile two might be the trigger for a program that turns on or off a group of lights or maybe starts a ‘timer’ program that turns something on and then off 30 minutes later.
2a. Along with the ability to run programs this way I can add a security layer as well. In the case of unlocking my side door it made me a little nervous to think that there is a website out there… granted a very obscure one, but none-the-less, if someone hits that endpoint with just the right letter/number combination it would unlike my side door. Extremely unlikely, but (remotely) possible. So I wrote a program that looks for that tile to turn on… when it does it checks to see if my car is home. If my car is home, then it unlocks the door. If it isn’t, then it won’t.