[RELEASE] SharpTools.io Dashboard and Rule Engine!

Check out the new Premium Album Art tile and new Advanced Background Settings (opacity, blur, gradient) in our latest SharpTools.io release!

More details available in the following post:

Album Art and Background Settings
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https://community.sharptools.io/t/advanced-background-settings-and-premium-album-art-tile/1806

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Check out my new “jukebox” dashboard. :grinning:
(Album art tile + rule engine tiles to change music)

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By popular request, we’ve introduced a new Annual plan option which includes a 17% discount off monthly pricing!

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If any one is having trouble getting SharpTools setup on the Fire Tablet I have made a simple video showing you all of the steps!

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If anyone is confused about how to get started using the new album art tile and how to control your echo music with a tap I made a video on how to get this done step by step. By the end of the video, you will be able to create your own!

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Introducing Instant Switches and Spacer Enhancements

(Tap below to play the video clip!)

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https://community.sharptools.io/t/instant-switches-and-spacer-improvements/2027

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What’s this icon? :thinking:
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Looks like a hot tub

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Either a cannibal’s cauldron or a hot tub. :stuck_out_tongue:

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@joshua_lyon, does Sharptools.io work on a Google/Nest hub?

The Google Nest Hub doesn’t have a traditional web browser, so not really. If you ask her to open a webpage, she’ll respond with “I can’t show websites yet.”

That being said, lots of people are using Amazon Fire Tablets with Alexa built-in as a multipurpose device – part dedicated dashboard and part voice assistant. And lots of people are using tablets as dedicated home control centers either wall mounted or sitting on their countertops. :smiley:

I’ve asked the same question in another topic about ActionTiles.

I asked it, because I ran into this article when searched for chrome browser in nest hub.

It makes sense that no user interface to enter text for login, but Chrome comes with user associations and saved password usually. I assume. Has any of your users tried it?
I don’t have a Nest Hub (yet), but looking at the features how it can be used multiple ways.

Yes, there are also some Cast related tools that let you cast a webpage to the Google Nest Hub which some of our Hubitat users have tried. As you noted, the biggest limitation at this point is there is no keyboard input to enter login information.

That being said, as a workaround we might be able to display our own in-page input. For example, at least for phone based login, we could perhaps display a numeric input (similar to our PIN input).

I’d rather not have a custom input dialog show up for normal users, so I’d need to think about how to best handle this.

There’s also still the question of how well this would functionally work. Lots of questions around how long the page stays open, what happens when you ask it questions (eg. the page closes), how can you easily get back to the page, etc. :thinking: :slight_smile:

@joshua_lyon, if you thinking of seriously these features, then you might want the look at Home Assistant Cast. HA has implemented a solution back in August, according their post. (I’ve just found it meanwhile searching about the browser.)

Thanks for the feedback. The Home Assistant Cast integration is indeed very neat. :slight_smile:

We’ve had very few requests for this so far, so we don’t plan on dedicating significant engineering resources to it at the moment when there are other highly requested features. That being said, if there’s a few tweaks we could do to make things work, it seems like it’s worth at least taking a look!

One of key things we use to determine what we work on is the level of user interest in features, so if there’s more interest in it down the road, we’re always open to reprioritizing it as a first-class feature based on popular user request!

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I played with a bit more and after adding a touch based input for phone number login to SharpTools, I was able to login and dashboards render just fine. :smiley:

I used the Cast All The Things (CATT) script to ‘cast’ the dashboard to the Google Display. After swiping the dashboard away and then casting it back, it stayed logged in just fine.

I haven’t spent a lot of time testing to see how long the dashboard stays up… it’s stayed up for the past half hour or so since I originally cast it. Also, when I asked the Google Assistant about things like the weather that displayed a full screen response, the response would come up as normal and then after a few seconds it would go back to the dashboard.

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Winter Holiday Icons!

Just in time for the winter holidays, we’ve added a number of holiday themed icons!

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https://community.sharptools.io/t/winter-holiday-icons/2103

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Lots of new updates since my last post!

Calendar Improvements, More Icons, and Other Enhancements

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Some neat features here in ‘other enhancements’ like cast-web-api support for album art tiles, HTTP REST API syntax for power users, and some nice SHM tile updates.

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https://community.sharptools.io/t/calendars-icons-and-other-enhancements/2431?u=josh

 
 

Performance Improvements and Dark Glass Style

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https://community.sharptools.io/t/performance-improvements-and-dark-glass-style/2767?u=josh

 
 

Icons and Colors based on States + Window Shades

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https://community.sharptools.io/t/icons-and-colors-based-on-states-window-shades/2897?u=josh

 
 

Date Tiles, Momentary Tiles, and Hyperlink REST API Updates

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https://community.sharptools.io/t/date-tiles-momentary-and-rest-api-updates/3017?u=josh

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Variables for Rules and Dashboards!

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Introducing Variables! A powerful tool for interacting between rules and dashboards.

Use variables to store values and use them in conditions, commands, and triggers in your rules. View and control them from your dashboard making for a neat way to interact with your rules.

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https://community.sharptools.io/t/variables-for-rules-and-dashboards/3211?u=josh

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We’ve released a number of nice updates to SharpTools.io over the past few weeks!

Introducing Search!

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Introducing Search! A flexible way of quickly finding the rules, dashboards, and content you’re looking for!

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https://community.sharptools.io/t/introducing-search/3644?u=josh

 
 

Dashboard Sharing!

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The dashboard sharing feature enables you to easily share your dashboards with friends and family! Whether you want to share your own favorite dashboards or create new dashboards with a limited set of tiles, you can use the dashboard sharing feature however you see fit!

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https://community.sharptools.io/t/new-feature-dashboard-sharing/3882?u=josh

 
 

Security Icons and Thermostat Improvements

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The latest SharpTools release includes a number of security related icons (helpful for using Virtual Switches to control STHM) and a handful of Thermostat Tile improvements.

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https://community.sharptools.io/t/security-icons-and-thermostat-improvements/3894?u=josh

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