Do press the shiny red (ActionTiles) button!
Moving further down the road of my smart home automation insanity, I’ve started looking for a panel to control things around the home. The paradigm I was looking for is not very different from a home security alarm control panel. I wanted a wall mountable or tabletop touch screen to use when Alexa goes down, or if voice commands are not convenient. As I am going away for a few weeks, I wanted to make sure there are multiple ways to control the home in the case that anything went sideways. No single points of failure to destroy WAF here!
In all, I created four panels, one each for the first and second floors, one for information/weather and a final one for maintenance needs (battery levels, status, etc.). I signed up for their 14 day free trial initially, and a couple of days into the trial I paid for the license. It was that good. There are still things I would like to be able to do such as custom CSS for layouts, play video feeds, perhaps pull in data from services not directly tied to SmartThings’ ecosystem – but overall ActionTiles has been great.
Each of the tiles on the panels either turns on / off a controllable light or switch and if supported by the device you can drop down a color and dimmer selector to get things set like you want them. There are a few things I would like to better control, such as bulbs that can do color and white temperatures only showing selectors for the color settings, but these are minor issues that will work themselves out.
Once I get back from my next business trip, I am going to be looking for a wall mountable tablet and finally figure out how to get kiosk mode running with stability to really make this a complete solution.
Here are the panels I created with navigation between them. You can select other predefined themes, even set a different theme for each panel, but I liked the way these looked. When I return, I’ll be tidying up the layouts and will post more information and images/videos to show how everything works … stay tuned …