With the deprecation of Groovy on SmartThings – which brought us the superApps Echo Speaks and webCoRE – I would like to give a shout out to what I believe was the GOAT.
My bet almost everyone used and/or abused this great smartApp which was the work of
I am pleased to announce the release of my Alexa Virtual Device Creator (was formally a virtual switch creator). While virtual devices are rather easy to create in the IDE, sometimes you are not near a computer and only have your mobile device with your SmartThings app. This app will allow you create virtual devices…either a momentary tile, a virtual motion detector or an “Alexa Switch” which is ‘stateless’ (meaning if you send an ON command to it while it is on, it will still allow ON to pass through to other apps. Usually apps have to see a transition from OFF to ON).
The documentation is here:
Alexa Virtual Device Creator - Things That Are Smart Wiki
While these native Alexa routines are powerful, they do lack certain functionality. So, if you use a virtual device you can attach it vi…
Fair Winds and Following Seas to the Originals!
I never got to know it as I only bought a hub this last year, but I find this work by
@TAustin really formidable, and it runs locally.
Here is an Edge driver that will enable end-users to create virtual devices that run locally on-hub.
UPDATED FEBRUARY 2023…
Supports the following virtual device types:
A/C, air quality, alarm, Alexa switch, battery, CO2 level, contact, door, fan, garage door, illuminance, Level/dimmer-only, lock, light (including RGBW), momentary button,
motion, panic, presence, refrigerator, smoke detector, sound pressure, sound sensor, switch, switch level/dimmer, temp/humidity, TV, thermostat, video camera, water sensor, window shade
Create any number of virtual devices
Easy and fast to use: No coding or CLI required
Enables you to create 100% local automations with virtual devices
See how many devices you’ve created of a given type (inventory)
Devices include additional controls and …
That you for the kind words
@Bloodtick_Jones ! While I have moved away from SmartThings, I am still in the automation community using Home Assistant.
There have been a lot of amazing and very generous developers in this community over the years. Some have moved on to other things, some are still here, and i hope there will continue to be new ones in the future.
It was an excellent app and I relied upon it heavily. Bravo!