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    Samsung has described voice control through Bixby for SmartThings, e.g. turn off devices, but NOT a way for SmartThings to talk back to Bixby. In looking for a way to do this, I used my previously described "Announcer Bixby Routine" which continuously loops and speaks any notifications received by the phone. Then using SmartThings Automations, I was able to not only turn a reminder light at a specific time, respond to a button push to turn off the light, but also post a Notification to the Senior that gets spoken on the phone through the Bixby Routine. Now we have two-way communication Bixby <-> SmartThings Here is the YouTube video
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    This is interesting. https://youtu.be/wQ9qsBolR7I
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    here are the details Background With good reason, phones are not set to “speak” reminders and therefore only provide text and audible notifications on a reminder. Who wants their phone talking to them on its own?.... Well, those with accessibility needs such as seniors with mild cognitive or motor impairments WANT their verbal assistants to speak reminders to them. Potential Solution Samsung has described voice control through Bixby for SmartThings, e.g. turn on/off devices, but NOT a way for SmartThings to talk back to Bixby. In looking for a way to do this, I used my previously described "Announcer Bixby Routine" which continuously loops and speaks any notifications received by the phone. Then using SmartThings Automations, I was able to not only turn a reminder light at a specific time, respond to a button push to turn off the light, but also post a Notification to the Senior that gets spoken on the phone through the Bixby Routine. Now we have two-way communication Bixby <-> SmartThings Samsung Galaxy phones with the One UI update such as the s10 shown in the referenced video, have the capability of “speaking” Notifications through Bixby Routines. This solution uses a “continuously active” Bixby Routine to speak Notifications as they occur. Reminders set notifications by default and should be minimized to reduce confusion. This solution provides a spoken reminder to take a medication with the addition of a visual reminder in the form of a special light controlled by Samsung SmartThings (ST) that stays on until confirmed by the senior via button press. YouTube video https://youtu.be/gRg7n0uwLZo Implementation · Create a “always on” Bixby Routine to speak Notifications · Create an ST Automation trigged by time to turn on the light and create a Notification o “Time for your pill. I’ve turned on the Reminder Light. Push button after taking the pill” · Create an ST Automation triggered via a button press to turn off the light and create a Notification o “Thank you for taking your pill. I’m turning off the Reminder light”
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    I too had a Wink hub and looked at both smartthings and hubitat. Both are really good hubs. I got the smartthings because of the ease of use and with webcore it can also handle complex automation's. Later i got a hubitat hub and while i like it as well I still came back to my smartthings hub. So i would suggest the ST hub myself. Once you see what's possible with it, you will never look back. Or if you do you'll wonder why you waited so long to switch. 😀
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    And this is exactly why i hate WiFi for home automation devices. I have 1 WiFi home automation device out of 93. And guess which one i have to reset about every 4 days. Yep you guessed it. @PhilipDeanParkes I have the exact same router you have. I'd be willing to bet that your Asus router defaults to "performance mode" which tries to only use the faster 5 GHZ freq. to make the connection at first. Even turning off the 5 GHZ radio does not change this it looks like your connecting to the 2.4 GHZ radio but it won't connect correctly. Some routers do this, but not all. The reasons that WYZE gave are valid and why i stay away from WiFi for my home automation devices. Plus as is my case it's not suited for a large amount of devices on the network. Why do you think that most home automation devices only connect to the 2.4 GHZ frequency? It's because the 2.4 GHZ radio works at a longer distance then the 5 GHZ does. Although the 5 GHZ is faster (more available bandwidth) it doesn't have the range.



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