I was looking to implement something like Lannouncer to hook up my tablet to my echo for some voice announcements. My problem is my tablet is running 4.4.2 (I believe I need 5.1) and cannot be upgraded so I was wondering if there was an alternative I could use.
Maybe try VLC Thing? Not sure if it will work on an Android, but it may.
Do you want to receive Sonos-like sound and voice notifications from SmartThings but do not feel like spending several hundred dollars on Sonos? Do you have an old laptop/netbook (or any PC for that matter) gathering dust in a closet? If so, you can put it to a good use as shown in this demo:
[VLC Thing Demo: VLC Media Player Controlled by SmartThings]
“VLC Thing” is a custom SmartThings device driver that controls VLC media player and emulates Sonos audio player, making it possible to use Sonos smart apps to play sounds and voice (text-to-speech) notifications.
VLC is a free and open source cross-platform (Linux/MacOS/Windows) multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.
Thanks for the response but it does not look like it works with android. If there is nothing else I may have to set it up on a windows box or get a cheap tablet that runs 5.1 at least.
Then how about this one?
If you can set it up as a DLNA device, you should be able to use this.
This Smart App and device type allows you to use any DLNA Media Renderer to receive Sonos-like sound and voice notifications from SmartThings.
You must to install the MediaRenderer_Connect to find any Generic Media Renderer (Network Speaker)
The MediaRender Player is the device type needed to control each Media Renderer.
If you dont have a Media Renderer like Smart TV or Network Speaker with DLNA you can test it with Foobar2000 program installing de upnp commponent. The commponent allows you to convert the player in a Media Renderer (Verify your firewall do not block the foobar2000 port )
I have tried some Media Renderers, but is better if you give me a feedback of the models that works for you.
Tip : Please, just install one time the MediaRenderer Connect from the phone, If you have…
Thanks, ill check it out.
You might try updating Android on the device or nip down to Frys and buy a cheap tablet. I (the author) bought one for $39 that I use as the primary announcing device. A refurb would do the job. If your time is worth even just $20/hour, it’s probably the cheapest way to go.
Yeah I think that’s where I am at. Like you said even if its just dedicated to voice announcements, its worth it.
I have it on my Kindle Fire HD 10 which is then paired to my Echo as a bluetooth speaker. Should work just fine on the cheap Fire tablet, too.
If I remember correctly, you have SharpTools already, right? You could subscribe to your desired attributes and have Tasker speak the desired output. SharpTools supports Android 4.x devices (and even back to 3.x).
Didnt even think of that. I will try it out, thanks!