relatively long-time lurker but first time poster. Just installed a Smartthings hub with a few devices as my first foray into building out a smart home. I’m thinking about purchasing a number of Alexa devices (although I’m waiting to see Google Home in action before I take the plunge). Here’s my question, which is probably more about Alexa than Smartthings, but involves increasing the utility of their integration:
Amazon recently announced that Alexa can handle “scenes.” Can I use Alexa to establish cross-platform scenes by grouping them based on the fact that scenes are implemented as “devices”?
Here’s the idea: I’m thinking about building out my HA system using a combination of Nest devices (thermostats, protects, and nest cams), Smartthings (for z-wave and zigbee sensors, locks, etc.), and a Lutron Caseta Smart Bridge Pro (for Caseta lighting, which I do not yet have). I’ve already got Nest Manager 4.0 set up and my Nest devices working well with ST. But I’ve held off on the Lutron lighting devices based on the integration limitations with ST.
If my idea works, Alexa’s ability to recognize and run scenes might be the solution I’m looking for to integrate my various platforms. This seems possible because Alexa implements scenes as “devices,” sending a “turnOn” action to a hub/controller, with the hub/controller that set up the scene actually implementing the scene itself.
Because Alexa treats scenes as devices, it should be possible to group them within Alexa, right? Here’s how I envision this working:
- Smartthings has a “BedTime” routine that locks doors, turns connected things off, turns down the heat, turns on the Nest Cams, changes the mode, etc.
- Lutron Caseta has a “NightTime” scene that turns off all of the lights downstairs.
- BedTime and NightTime are recognized by Alexa as “devices,” and they are placed in a Group called “ShutEye.”
Would Alexa be able to execute the command, “Alexa, turn on ShutEye”?