My family and I (ok, mostly me) are using Alexa all the time now, especially by using groups defined in the Alexa app. This got me thinking, so I thought I’d throw this discussion out there to see what creative ideas our community can help me with, or at least confirm what I think is an idea.
I was headed down the path of creating an Alexa group called “Temperature” that would increment the thermostat(s) by 1 degree each time the phase was recognized by including the word "On’ for incrementing up and “Off” for down. The design I was thinking through would be linking a SmartApp to a virtual switch. That’s certainly doable, and a SmartApp could certainly set the current setpoint.
Based on some simple testing to tell Alexa to turn a switch on over and over again, it looks like a command is sent every time instead of checking to see if the switch is already on. That’s perfect, and what I want.
To me that sounds pretty straight forward. What do you folks think?