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I have a 10" Fire tablet mounted above my PC monitors with an always open AT Panel showing various home stats. While working, I frequently have Spotify playing from my phone. I would love to have a tile on AT that shows what is currently being played on Spotify. Spotify has an API that will show this, but if it isn't GUI based, my technical skills start to falter. I was hoping someone may have already done this, but if not was wondering if one of the more technically inclined AT users would be able to help get the right syntax for a media tile that would work.
So I mounted a monitor on one of the walls near my kitchen to use Action Tiles.
How cool would it be if we could write our own API calls with expected return values?
For instance, I know we can call out to "Media" and return maps, gifs, video, etc. How about calling out a a weather service (think openweathermap.org) using our own API keys, we could retrieve weather information for whatever timeframe we specify.
I was home alone watching a movie, I walked over to my kitchen and I knew I had put in a Pizzahut order, but it was taking so long. My first reaction was to look at that monitor, not sure why, but I know that if I had a tile where I could enter a webhook, I would totally use it for this and a bunch of other things...
I'd like to request that the "Estimated Time Of Arrival" capability be supported.
The capability has a single 'eta' attribute which is an ISO 8601 date so any implementation might like to allow a date format string to be specified.
The ETA has a wide variety of potential uses. There could ETAs for people. There could be ETAs of buses at stops, trains at stations, and planes at airports. There could be broader interpretations such as next appointments or medication times.
Basically it can be used for anything that needs a date and time and it is an 'official' capability.
I've been working some bit with ActionTiles and Homey in my home to select on the best fit solution. Don't know how popular I will get with this, but my opinion is Homey serves the best automation flows from a easy GUI interface and better connectivity options, but AT gives a far better remote/dashboard presentation. So the questions is... would it be possible to be creative and get the best of both...
What I like to achieve is having commands like a virtual device or virtual simulation in AT to trigger flows in Homey. Is this doable and if yes, can someone explain this please?
Thanks a lot!
It would be great to have a tile with deeper control and display of the Kodi Media center. A control that used upnp to view what was playing on a particular Kodi player and control basic functionality like play, forward, backward, stop, and volume. I am really enjoying the application so far thanks for creating a solid application at launch.
Adding direct APIs to non-SmartThings devices (and/or even supporting SmartThings Things with non-standard Capabilities - Commands & Attributes) is something we are deferring indefinitely. Folks have requested direct control of Nest, Wink, Hue, etc., etc., etc. -- it is a popular wish list.
The implementation timeline depends on whether or not we make the effort to first develop a framework for non-SmartThings APIs (i.e., an abstraction layer), or whether we just ad hoc hard-code each API or device type on a case-by-case basis, incrementally enhancing ActionTiles.
The first case is a good long-term strategy for growing ActionTiles "beyond SmartThings". Right now, we pay tribute and respect for our "Works With SmartThings™" designation by focusing on them (not to mention keeping things focused is best for efficiency!).
In the latter case, we would need know that expending the effort to add Kodi Tile would pull in enough revenue to justify the investment.
Another option we will research is the feasibility of embedding existing web-UIs of some products / devices. This may be perfect for a few services ... but it's going to be sub-optimal in most cases.
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