Announcing BigTalker 2.0 release
Important Notice 1.x users: BigTalker 2.x is not a direct upgrade from 1.x. Configured events from 1.x will not transfer over due to the move from a single app model to a parent/child model.
Have you ever wanted a talking house? Now you can! With the Big Talker SmartApp (2.x branch)
When SmartThings is paired with a compatible audio device (such as a Sonos, Ubi, LANnouncer, VLCThing, AskAlexa, etc) and Big Talker SmartApp, your house can say what you want it to say when events occur.
Supported events at 2.0.0 release (see documentation link for latest):
Time: Time of Day + Day(s) of Week
Mode: Change (Home, Away, etc)
Thermostat: Cooling/Heating/Fan/Idle(not running)
Button: Press or Held
Smart Home Monitor Status (SHM): Armed-Away, Armed-Home, Disarmed
BigTalker 2.x brings in the concept of groups of events. These can be whatever you make of them. I envision they will be scenario’s or rooms. ie: all talking events for a given room.
Each group can be disabled in mass for whatever your needs are.
Voice phrases support the following variables (will be replaced with actual phrase when triggered)
%askalexa% = Send phrase to [AskAlexa message queue]. (Alexa, Tell SmartThings to play messages)
%date% = Current date; January 01
%day% = Current day; Monday
%devicename% = Triggering devices display name
%devicetype% = Triggering device type; motion, switch, etc…
%devicechange% = State change that occurred; on/off, active/inactive, etc…
%description% = The description of the event that is to be displayed to the user in the mobile application
%groupname% = Play Device group name (ie: group/room name that you have setup for this set of events)
%locationname% = Hub Location name; home, work, etc…
%lastmode% = Last home mode; home, away, etc…
%mode% = Current home mode; home, away, etc…
%mp3(url)% = Play hosted MP3 audio file from url. Example:
* musicPlayer devices only (Sonos, etc). Does not support speechSynthesis devices such as LANnouncer.
* Cannot be mixed with any other text in the event’s phrase
%time% = Current time; HH:mm am/pm
%shmstatus% = SmartHome Monitor Status (Disarmed, Armed Stay, Armed Away)
%weathercurrent% = Current weather (from Weather Underground; based on SmartThings Hub Zipcode)
%weathertoday% = Today’s weather forecast (from Weather Underground; based on SmartThings Hub Zipcode)
%weathertonight% = Tonight’s weather forecast (from Weather Underground; based on SmartThings Hub Zipcode)
%weathertomorrow% = Tomorrow’s weather forecast (from Weather Underground; based on SmartThings Hub Zipcode)
%weathercurrent(00000)% = Current weather (from Weather Underground; using custom Zipcode; replace 00000)
%weathertoday(00000)% = Today’s weather forecast (from Weather Underground; using custom Zipcode; replace 00000)
%weathertonight(00000)% = Tonight’s weather forecast (from Weather Underground; using custom Zipcode; replace 00000)
%weathertomorrow(00000)% = Tomorrow’s weather forecast (from Weather Underground; using custom Zipcode; replace 00000)
Note: (00000) can also be replaced by any supported location of the WeatherUnderground API such as (France/Paris), (latitude,longitude), (AirportCode), (State/City)
For example when turning off a switch named “Office Light” with a spoken phrase of “
%devicename% %devicetype% has been turned %devicechange%” would speak “
Office light switch has been turned off”.
Another example would be to create a simulated switch that is turned ON in the morning by your Good Morning routine, and then OFF at night with your Good Night routine. Then set up a Big Talker switch event group tied to that switch’s ON event that speaks “
Good Morning. %weathercurrent% %weathertoday%”
Keep in mind, if you configure highly active or too many devices, it may get annoying or cut a previous message off!! We had a family gathering and the kids kept going in/out the back door to play in the yard. “Back Door has been opened, Back Door has been closed, Back Door has been opened, you get the idea.” I wouldn’t configure chatty motion sensors either, but that’s up to you.
Please report bugs at https://github.com/rayzurbock/BigTalker2/issues
Remember, please check the documentation (and help build it out if you are inclined to) at http://thingsthataresmart.wiki/index.php?title=BigTalker
GitHub Integration Settings:
(master = tested release, development = in development release, may have major/minor bugs)
This is for BigTalker 1.1.12, but shows how it operates (just keep in mind it’s further enhanced in 2.x)
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