Update: I’ve been using the Dakota paired with the contact sensor which has the output (can’t remember brand) for 9 months now.
It’s does exactly what I wanted, or did actually. I was using Hubitat Hub back then and had it configured so when the driveway motion sensor triggered, Hubitat told Google Home to announce on whichever of my Minis I selected the announcement I set. It was really funny too, because I had it set to a British woman’s voice and I had it say “Pardon the interruption, good sir. Someone had just pulled into the driveway”, which garnered a lot of laughs from friends.
Alas, as I’ve already whined about, upon returning to SmartThings, I was disappointed to find out that the same funtionality of the hub triggering a Google Home announcement is not possible, at least easily possible, without adding some other devices.
If you use Amazon Echo instead, you’ll be good to go. My dad chose the Echo over the Google Home, and there are 3rd party SmartApps which bridge the gap.
I’m going to make it work with one of three solutions, I just haven’t figured out which yet.
- Leave the Hubitat Hub turned on for just this application, and maybe for a few others where local control is advantageous.
- Setup the additional node device to bridge the capabilities gap
- Use IFTTT to act as a cloud to cloud solution, however I haven’t looked to see if this would actually work, and would need to see if latency would be a problem.
Other than that, the Dakota works great!!