I am looking to the community for advice. I took the plunge and purchased a Sonos speaker. This is a very solid feeling and sounding speaker, and I was intrigued with the possibility of having voice associated with actions that I already have in SmartThings. I am not much into music any more, so I struggled with justifying the $200 price tag for just a speaker…considering there are VLC and other options for voice.
But, the device is in my home so I thought I would justify it’s existence by some code to utilize it.
My first project is a 4 selection talking alarm clock. Basically, you set the time in 4 different alarms that are both day of the week and mode filtered (i.e. M-F, but not Saturday or Sunday, and only in Asleep mode). Also included is the ability to turn on switches, dimmers, and set a thermostat upon awakening. Taking a cue from some of the ST Sonos apps, you can awake to a custom greeting (using a few variables like in BigTalker), along with a weather report. On the main screen there is an option to set all 4 alarms and then quickly enable/disable them (i.e. Sleep in on Monday, don’t set the alarm).
What I am looking for in the community is advise what else should it do? I was going to have it shout out the status of various items around the house, but with the weather report you could get from 30 to 60 seconds of voice that might get hard to track what is on, off, open, close etc.
A typical alarm clock has music or radio stations, so I am thinking of adding that functionality (similar to the ST Sonos app)
Is anyone interested in something like this? What would your dream talking alarm clock have? I am focusing on the Sonos first, but could add other voice systems later…so please suggest just functionality.
Thanks…I look forward to hearing your suggestions.