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Any plans to Support capability "Button"

ajay barve 1 year ago in Things & Capabilities / Non-"Works With SmartThings" devices • updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 1 year ago 1

Any plans to support "Button" capability.  Have have a custom device handler that provides multiple buttons.  They work great thru the smartthings app.  Would like to add some buttons to my ActionTiles Panels.

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Hi Ajay,


Believe it or not, a Thing of Capability "Button" is a SENSOR (like a Contact Sensor or Motion Sensor) and not an ACTUATOR. In other words, it accepts no Commands. It just senses physical presses and reports them as Attribute changes to SmartThings (just as a Contact Sensor senses when a door is open or shut).


That means that a SmartApp like ActionTiles cannot control a "Button". Of course, ActionTiles could be a Button, but then it would have to be a Thing (i.e., have a published Device Type Handler and spawn Device instances).


The appropriate Capability to use, and the one we support, is Capability "Momentary", since it supports the Command "push()"

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