For a long time I have been hoping the ‘Anything but’ Smartthings would get smart and allow Voice notifications. Why Smartthings still does not have this as standard when you set an Amazon Echo up I have no idea, other than Samsung is letting all of us down big time.
So since I have a few devices that supposedly can be used for notifications I though I would try to set them up: I have tried this with Amazon Echo, Aeotek Doorbell using a multitude of approaches like LANnouncer (instructions vary drastically from options available,) BigTalker is said to only be used with a lower version that I cannot find, and even then it wants to playback through my Siren or Doorbell neither of which work.
So does anyone know of a SIMPLE approach to get TTS or MP3 notifications working with a BT Speaker, Echo, or Doorbell? I tried a Sonos but that was flaky as hell. Oh and I do not want to use Core as that is ridiculous if we have to go to those lengths to do it. Note that I know how to do IDE, Handlers and all, and I have a pretty large system (about 80 devices) so I have some idea of what I am doing.
So you want to use a ST app that would connect to another app the works with another company, but don’t want to use an app (CoRE) that connects to ST to accomplish what you are asking? If you have over 80 devices and feel intimidated by CoRE I can on assume your 80 devices are bulbs. It’s really not that hard to use. There is no simple solution to what you are wanting to do but there are plenty of solutions posted on here that do work.
I like systems that are minimal and streamlined, and unfortunately Core is anything but that. The VLC system works fine with the Alexa voice smart app, but even that is a crazy ad-hoc system. In my opinion the best solution is if someone created a direct Z-wave TTS system that could be connected to any speaker, because in time all that could be made to work local too.
I find a pretty rock solid solution is to use LANnouncer along with an app called BigTalker (or CoRE for those inclined). LANnouncer utilizes an Android device running OS 5.1 or better. It uses the onboard TTS for it’s sounds.
I second this approach. It works well for me and I ended up setting up android devices in every room with announcements. Now that Google Home Helper is out I can get the house to react to my voice commands to it. This is probably the best approach you can do because of the flexibility CoRE gives you.