Happy Earth Day this weekend! While Earth Day was not the original reason I got SmartThings, I was brought up as a child to turn off lights when I left a room. Unfortunately, not everyone was taught that, and nothing would stress me out more than thinking I left a light on when I left home for the day, which then grew to “did I leave the garage door open” or “Is the heat on”, etc. So, 3 years later every door has a sensor and every light can be controlled remotely along with cameras to ensure everything is good at a home.
Anyway, how far we have come from just 3 years ago. I have Alexa do most of the voice actions and automations in my house, and now there is https://blueprints.amazon.com/. This is rather cool in that it is an easy way for users to create their own basic skills to give custom responses within their household. While this is not so much for home automation, it CAN be useful to real-estate agents, baby sitters, or even AirBNB guests to allow people to ask Alexa questions specific to a household.
As for Ask Alexa, I continue to work diligently on the upgrades. I recently helped a few folks get it installed and found opportunities to improve the documentation. While it is difficult without going to SmartThings to get a full user count, I can see 10 to 100 unique taps (users) on the Setup Variables per week, so people are still installing it! For an app that is two years old I feel rather proud that folks still find new ways of using it!
Enjoy the weekend!