It’s a form factor xAF issue. I have home health aides from an agency, which means sometimes subs who’ve never been to the house before. Many don’t know how to use a dishwasher, let alone a smartphone. English is often their 3rd or 4th language.
The SmartenIT triplex switch is aesthetically perfect for my house, plus battery operated so can be easily placed at a comfortable height for my service dog or me in the wheelchair while still being something I could point to for an aide to use.
It functions as a zigbee secondary coordinator, but I have absolutely no idea whether it would work or whether it would run into the same issues as the zwave 45631 when it comes to Hello Home Actions.
The 45631 wouldn’t work for me anyway. The buttons are too small for my service dog to work easily, and too hard to communicate to the aides. So this is one that might work for a lot of people, doesn’t work for me, and doesn’t work with ST at present:
The Hue tap has a pretty good form factor, but my understanding is that ST doesn’t recognize it for Hello Home Action controls.
The SmartenIT has a great form factor. The dog could work it, and I could put a color dot on each on to simplify telling the aides what to do.
So it’s a form factor issue. If there’s any similar switch that works with ST with a similar form factor I’d also be very interested in hearing about it.
- ability to trigger two to four Hello Home Actions from the same location without requiring special press patterns (no double tap, hold vs press, etc.)
- physically usable by the dog, so bigger is better
- looks like a regular wall switch
- ideally is battery operated and requires no wiring, but that’s a plus, not a requirement
I’m aware of two possibilities:
the Cooper Industries zwave aspire, which comes in singletons but could be placed side by side
The SmartenIT zigbee triplex, which would be perfect, I just don’t know if it works with ST for Hello Home Actions. Seriously, take a look at it and consider the form factor. Nice!