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Laundry Monitor for washer that does not drop to zero (most of the time)

Not really following why this is necessary but am still curious. Can you describe the situation your washer exhibits that makes this necessary and why manipulation of a single threshold and time don’t allow you to come up with a solution?

Hey @SBDOBRESCU, can you elaborate a bit on how you achieved that with your speakers?

I recently got some Sonos speakers and bought a ST multisensor attached to the washer and am using the Laundry Monitor app but a bit unsure how to use a virtual switch to hook all that up through the speakers so that, in addition to a notification, the speakers will state “Laundry is done” or etc.

I’m curious if that would even work with the speakers as isn’t the ST textToSpeech fn still broken so it would have to be a cached message from somewhere.


Well those are the good ol’ days. When TTS was working and the dogs were barking when the door was opening like in @alex video at CES 2015. Maybe one day soon, @slagle will have good news for us that ST provides that feature again. Until then, you can still accomplish that by other means, none of which I explored but there are a few threads if you search the forum. I know @ule did a lot of work around it. Maybe others can chime in. Sorry if this is not what you wanted to hear…

Update: just read @bravenel’s post. I didn’t check it out yet, but that might be something to look into…

Ahhh I gotcha so it’s not working at the moment with your Sonos because TTS isn’t working anymore (or to be more precise the ST textToSpeech fn is throwing an UndeclaredThrowableException). I think @slagle mentioned somewhere in a thread they now have a TTS engineer working on this so hopefully within a few months there will be some progress made.

I’ve been following a bunch of the threads related to alternatives but not great results from any of them because most if not all are still attempting to use that broken textToSpeech fn. I now @ule took the approach of using other sources for the conversion of text to mp3 file such as google but I haven’t taken that route yet. There is also Big Talker by @rayzurbock (which is the most sophisticated and flexible) and even several alterations to the original “Sonos Notify with Sound” app that I’m currently using because of there selection of already cached sound files such as lightsaber, dogs barking, etc, however those urls can be easily ported into any app I suppose to make it custom.

I have provided all the links below to the ones I’ve been following if it helps out!

Big Talker by @rayzurbock

Media Renderer by @ule

Sonos Notify with Sound Modification by @cuboy29

Sonos Miscellaneous

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So back to your original question, my set up was as follows:

When the washer cycle stopped, I would turn on a virtual switch, which was picked up by the ‘Notify with Sound’ app to play the message. Then, I had an app that would toggle that same switch everytime the kitchen pantry door was opened, which triggered the message as reminders that laundry is done. To cancel the reminders, I used the big switch to turn off the virtual switch when the laundry room switch was turned off. It was working very well for us with high WAF.

Hello everyone!

TTS is working again! In the laundry app, I don’t see any of my speech device. I guess I will have to go with the virtual switch route also!


Can I use a Aeon Labs DSC06106-ZWUS - Z-Wave Smart Energy Switch, set up with SmartRules to tell me when my washing machine is done? (blink some lights, maybe a message over my Sonos)

I have absolutely no coding knowledge, so that’s why I’m looking at the SmartRules option. I’ve got that spare Aeon energy switch so I would prefer to use that compared to the multi sensor vibration option that I see is available.

Thanks, Murray

Is there a latest version to this code?