Happy Friday. I hope everyone is enjoying their summer. A few things to announce here.
First, many of you know my love for Rooms Manager. Well @bangali not only has put Ask Alexa Message Queue capabilities into his application, but also will support the GE Motion switch/dimmer DTH that I have taken ownership of. That seemed like a natural fit: the switch can go into “occupancy” or “vacancy” operating mode programmically and that aligns with some of the functions of Room Manager. (Rooms Manager: Smarter Rooms: Personalized home automation with Occupancy)
In addition, Ask Alexa ALSO supports the GE switches. If you want to change the ‘operating mode’ of a switch, you can do it as simply as saying "Alexa, tell SmartThings to set office to vacant’. Again, the operating mode is the ‘secret sauce’ of these switches, allowing them to go on and off automatically (and, from a hub stand point, locally) based on motion and/or amount of light in the room.
I made good progress on the DTH this week, and after the beta testers sign off on it, I will release it…probably next week if all goes well. I will then release a newer version of Ask Alexa and some of the extensions that support these new devices.