Wanted to share mine as I’ve finally got it mostly cleaned up and looking decent. Thanks for all the inspiration and snippets of CSS I’ve grabbed from here and the SmartTiles website. Here’s what I did to get a mounted tablet in the hallway where we enter the house from the garage.
- Cut the drywall.
- Added a recessed outlet with USB charger receptacle. – Had to pull wiring from elsewhere (not from the pictured switch) because the switch didn’t have a neutral.
- Used the pad tab wall mount – but had to attach it to something raised in order to make room for the charging cable and the recessed outlet lip – so attached 1/4 inch plastic piece with drywall anchors, then mounted the pad tab on there.
- Plugged in angled charging cable
- Used old Nexus tablet and have Smarttiles, Tasker (to wake upon motion), Airfoil Commander (Home audio speaker selection with Airfoil & Airplay) and Spotify (using the Connect option to control the PC running Airfoil and distributing sound throughout the home). Would love if I could have Airfoil Commander and Spotify controls visible on the same screen with Smarttiles – any screen/app splitter out there for Android?
- Added some picture frame spacers on the back so it wouldn’t wobble when touched.
I have an extra Android phone hanging around and would like to put it to use in another location…any easy options our for mounting? My current recessed outlet is probably too large and would like a bit of an easier project overall.
Regarding the dashboard design:
I’m new to CSS, so spent a bit of time trying to get the icons and button backgrounds to my liking as I wanted a more consistent color scheme, but still identify groupings by colors. Icons are mostly from Icons8.com, though I’ve also doctored up some of them – most were downloaded or I sized at ~60 pixels. Backgrounds are merely shapes and gradients that were made in Powerpoint. Images were uploaded to Tinypic.
For the most part, icons are dim when inactive, but icons that could have a different image do as well (door close/open, window close/open, garage closed/open, light bulb off/on). I can’t figure out how to do the CSS on custom modes I’ve created – such as: I want “Vacation” mode to have an airplane taking off instead of just showing the word “Vacation”. I’ve got it to work for “Away” & “Night” because those were created by SmartThings.
Hoping to add an IP camera, Skybell and maybe a door lock later this year and would like to include them on the dashboard as well.
Any other suggestions for the dashboard??
Please note: I have a few extra ghost sensors at the bottom of the dashboard that I can’t get rid of…let me know if any solves!