I make use of the virtual switches and push buttons as detailed here: [Release] Virtual Alexa Switch/Button
Will these still work after the retirement of the Groovy?
If not, is there a link to a recipe to create them in the new world or not?
Do you have a SmartThings/Aeotec hub?
If so, there are already a couple of community-created Edge Drivers for virtual devices which work very well, including for triggering Alexa routines.
You can find them on the quick browse lists in the community-created wiki on the Virtual list.
If you need more information on using Edge Drivers, see the community FAQ:
FAQ: I have no idea what Edge is. Is that a new developer tool? (2022)
If you don’t have a hub, you can’t use Edge Drivers. I have asked formally what the virtual device options will be for those of us without a hub and have been told they will discuss this further later. so we just don’t know about that situation yet.
Thanks for the reply.
No, I don’t have a hub.
If you get a response or have any ideas, can you let me know please?
What are you using the virtual switches for?
Loads of different things to trigger routines in Alexa.
Plus some complicated geolocation stuff using Life360/SmartLife/SharpTools to:
Turn on outside lights as people arrive home.
Turn off loads of stuff when the last person is out of the house
Turn off the heating if no-one’s been in the house for 12 hours.
Frost protect if there’s no one at home and the heating is off
I guess I need to look for an alternative solution for handling all of this.
I’ve got a couple of Zigbee gateways, but I’m assuming they aren’t a smartthings hub though.
Is there a list of compatible devices anywhere?
Given Up - Moved everything to Home Assistant.
Different things will work for different people. I hope that one ends up working well for you. Good luck!