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  • ksum
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    Also, I can customize these options more than I can a Google hub. I have a hub and 5 speakers plus I'm adding aVa Assistant moduletmodule my Magic Mirror and it is nice but we do not use the hub's interface with the home automation system outside voice often. A remote unit or wall scene controller is easier for not voice interfacing.

    I'm thinking one of the Pico remotes may replace my home made 4 button unit but need to find out how you set it up to communicate with HomeSeer.

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  • Eman
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    Originally posted by fresnoboy View Post


    It's interesting to me that no one has built a Google home or Amazon echo into a flatscreen keypad like device for wall mounting, which says something about how the market for such devices is viewed by these companies.

    The nice thing about counter top devices from Google and Amazon is that they can be easily line powered, and be close to the common point of use, and be upgraded every couple of years without having to drill new holes or patch old mounting holes, etc...

    Thx
    mike
    Just as some people would prefer not to have cloud based (Not all) but embrace the less human input (fire and forget) automation it bares down to choice! Or on the point screens on the wall I bet you that in some cases it's not for the "Average Joe" and as for Google or Alexa depending on how you look at it. Their APIs can also be implemented in those "Screens" : https://www.evervue.co.uk/product/custom-size-mirrorvue/# (Not to mention that every time the topic is sidelined as soon as it's brought up! Not for the "Average Joe") Some people like getting their hands dirty, so to speak



    And of course DAKBoard : https://dakboard.com/pricing#integrations-photos



    Eman.

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  • fresnoboy
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    Originally posted by ksum View Post
    I'll take part of that:
    Voice is fine unless you need silence in an area. Sleeping infant? Or what about a deaf or mute visitor? Or setting your voice assistant to only recognize your voice for security reasons?

    I can step to a wall unit faster than I can open an app on my phone. Especially when the phone is charging in the either room. And again, what about guests? Middle of the night, half asleep? No glasses?

    I can go on. Point is, overriding automation with local control is a high priority for me.
    Thanks for the comment. I agree a screen is helpful at times. I have a Google hub next to my bed, and I use it as an alarm clock and control of the HVAC. So if my wife is sleeping, and I want to adjust the air, or turn off an alarm that is about to go off, I can silently reach over to the screen (whose brightness automatically adjusts to ambient light levels) and control things without a word. Actually, if it was a keypad or touchscreen on the wall, getting up would wake up my wife in that particular example.

    The voice control works for guests too, though it doesn't know identity, which means they can't do certain things, but they can use it to adjust thermostats or play music etc... Voice controls aren't just for people who live there. These days many people are familiar with google or Alexa devices, and the systems can provide help so its fairly easy for guests to use these.

    I guess what I am asking about specifically are screens that are on the wall and dedicated to automation. My Google hubs all have screens, but they are next to the bed or on a kitchen counter, my desk, etc.., and they act as voice control points as well. It's interesting to me that no one has built a Google home or Amazon echo into a flatscreen keypad like device for wall mounting, which says something about how the market for such devices is viewed by these companies.

    The nice thing about counter top devices from Google and Amazon is that they can be easily line powered, and be close to the common point of use, and be upgraded every couple of years without having to drill new holes or patch old mounting holes, etc...

    Thx
    mike

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  • ksum
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    I'll take part of that:
    Voice is fine unless you need silence in an area. Sleeping infant? Or what about a deaf or mute visitor? Or setting your voice assistant to only recognize your voice for security reasons?

    I can step to a wall unit faster than I can open an app on my phone. Especially when the phone is charging in the either room. And again, what about guests? Middle of the night, half asleep? No glasses?

    I can go on. Point is, overriding automation with local control is a high priority for me.

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  • fresnoboy
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    Can I ask a question about what the use case is for having keypads on the walls? The problem with all these, both cheap and expensive is they rapidly become obsolete, and the quality of the experience depends a lot on the customization of the UI, etc...

    Given that voice controls are now pretty reliable, and that everyone carries their own keypad around with them (mobile phones), is it really a worth it to put up all this "wall acne" in a home? I mean, it can look nice if done well, but how many times would you really use it or walk over to it to check status on something as opposed to pulling out your phone? I'm not just talking about HS functionality, but I wouldn't do a crestron or control 4 keypad either...

    We built a brand new house recently, and I have Google homes in most rooms that give me great functionality with HS, and I command music and media playback almost exclusively by voice, and for complex things my phone's music or video app controls things by using Cast to either the speakers or a display of some sort. My wife loves the clean look on the walls.

    thx
    mike

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  • Tim
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  • Eman
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    Fully Kiosk : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Md8ToWPt4Dw May need some work before it can be integrated into HomeSeer and for US switches only.



    Eman.

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  • Tim
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    I have bought cheap 7" android tablet and will attempt to replace 3 switches on the wall with tablet installed instead them.
    Previous attempt worked fine, but tablet started acting up and touch screen was not responding. Will post pictures shortly.

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  • ksum
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    I'm using a variation of Jon's light switches for my garage/woodshop lights. I used my LED backlit push button remote as a test of my modifications. I liked Matt Smith's unit in my post above for the programmable text on the display and that he is programming the functions on boot up from his central home automation system.

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  • Eman
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    Originally posted by ksum View Post
    I would love to get hold of this guy's code and convert this over to working with HomeSeer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HE-3...oCfbnT2CDRhpz7

    Correction :https://github.com/hazymat/fleetwood

    Check out this one : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQCaBXJ9sSM Found here : https://github.com/SuperHouse/LightSwitchControllerMQTT



    Eman

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  • ksum
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    I would love to get hold of this guy's code and convert this over to working with HomeSeer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HE-3...oCfbnT2CDRhpz7

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  • skybolt
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    Originally posted by George View Post

    I called them, they act as a controller, so you'd have to have 2 Z-Wave networks. The lights on the Brilliant would not be seen or be controlled by HS.
    Yes exactly, when I was trying to get this to work with Z-wave there were some people on here that actually got it working as a 2nd controller on the primary network. But again I gave up on that part, was in the process of moving when I tried all of that.

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  • Pete
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    Is that the Windows client or is there a specific Windows Embedded client? I'd love to get 24/7 for years stability.

    It is the Homeseer HSTouch Windows client which works with any Windows OS.

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  • George
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    Originally posted by skybolt View Post
    Sorry to resurrect an older thread, but this has been the bane of my HA existence for over 20+ years. There has never been a simple pug and play device for such things as the OP (and Others) are looking for. Just curious if anyone found a solution for this? I am using a brilliant with HS touch, just can't leave it running for weeks it seems. it does survive a few days then needs to be restarted.

    https://www.brilliant.tech/products/...t-home-control as the OP posted above.
    I called them, they act as a controller, so you'd have to have 2 Z-Wave networks. The lights on the Brilliant would not be seen or be controlled by HS.

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  • kenm
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    Originally posted by Pete View Post
    Here running HSTouch on Atom based tabletops running Windows embedded. Also running MS SAPI speaker on these for local text to speech in whatever voice I want.

    Same tabletops also run Squeezeplayer and Kodi and use these as remote controlled sound sources for distributed audio via Russound.

    These run 24/7 fine for years now.

    I do remote shut off the screens at night via Jon00's remote software.


    Pete Is that the Windows client or is there a specific Windows Embedded client? I'd love to get 24/7 for years stability.

    Ken

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