Message Central. (Parent & Child)
This is port of my ST app with a few changes & additions
As this is an initial port I’ll call it a beta
I have tested most of the functions but not all scenarios.
PushOver requires a new virtual device using the excellent driver here:
Join Messaging requires a new virtual device using the excellent driver here:
You can select various inputs and actions so that the system will ‘announce’ events.
Switch - On/Off
Contact - Open/Close
Contact - Left open too long
Presence - Arrival/Departure
Water - Wet/Dry
Time - Schedule a reminder at configured time
Time - if contact open - I use this to check the shed/garage door is closed at night
Power - Alert when power goes below or above a threshold
(And optionally ‘stays that way’ for a configurable amount of time - perfect for laundry appliances that drop below the threshold a couple of times before finally staying there when finished)
Appliance Power Monitor - This works the same as the power monitoring except that the power drawn MUST go above a threshold before monitoring starts
Motion - on ‘active’ or on 'inactive’
Temperature - either above or below a set point.
Weather Alert - from a suitable device
- Voice Message (MusicPlayer)
- Voice Message (SpeechSynth)
- SMS Message
- Pushover Message
- Join Message
- Play an MP3
All of these can be restricted by mode, presence, time, ‘enable/disable’ virtual switch(es) and days of the week.
Added a second presence sensor restriction – You can restrict by two.
1 at home and another away or 2 at home/away
Debug logging is switchable for each child so once tested can be switched off to reduce clutter in the logs
I added individual enable/disable switches so you can disable a single announcement temporarily without having to delete the child app or silence the whole system.
I have added configurable delays both before and after messages to help prevent truncation and to stop repeated messages within a number of minutes. (useful for ‘door’ announcements when the break-beam or pressure mat is repeatedly triggered or laundry announcements every 1/2 hour if nobody turns the appliance off)
I have included a number of optional variables you can use in either voice or text messages
The following variables can be used in your event messages and will be replaced with the details listed below
%time% - Replaced with current time in 12 or 24 hour format (Switchable)
%day% - Replaced with current day of the week
%date% - Replaced with the date
%year% - Replaced with the year
%greeting% - Replaced with 'Good Morning', 'Good Afternoon' or 'Good Evening' (evening starts at 6pm)
%group1% - Replaced with the a random message from Group1
%group2% - Replaced with the a random message from Group2
%group3% - Replaced with the a random message from Group3
%group4% - Replaced with the a random message from Group4
%opencontact% - Replaced with a list of configured contacts if they are open
%closedcontact% - Replaced with a list of configured contacts if they are closed
%opencount% - Replaced with the number of configured contacts that are open
%closedcount% - Replaced with the number of configured contacts that are closed
%lightsOn% - Replaced with the list of configured lights that are on
%lightsOncount% - Replaced with the number of configured lights that are on
%lightsOff% - Replaced with the list of configured lights that are off
%lightsOffcount% - Replaced with the number of configured lights that are off
%switchesOn% - Replaced with the list of configured switches that are on
%switchesOncount% - Replaced with the number of configured switches that are on
%switchesOff% - Replaced with the list of configured switches that are off
%switchesOffcount% - Replaced with the number of configured switches that are off
%device% - Replaced with the name of the triggering device
%event% - Replaced with what triggered the action (e.g. On/Off, Wet/Dry)
%mode% - Replaced with the current hub location mode
This is a ‘Parent/Child’ app so both files will need to be added to your Hubitat hub.
You’ll find the files here:
- Copy the Parent code from GitHub into a 'New App' under the 'Apps Code' menu then click 'Save'
- Copy the Child code from GitHub into a second 'New App' & save this too
- Go to 'Apps'
- Click 'Load New Apps'
- Select 'Message Central' under 'User Apps'
- Go back to Apps and open Message Central - You can now create new child apps directly from here.
Install and save the Parent first before creating any children.
Please bear in mind when using ‘Speak A Message’ that there is a limit of 128 characters for TTS
If you have longer messages they will simply not work!
You need to remember this when configuring the group random messages
If you want to try and find some bugs for me please do!
Added to 'Cobra Apps' Container
- V12.7.1 - Edited variables help page to show new variables available
- V12.7.0 - Added app pause switch
- V12.6.0 - Added a bunch of new variables so you can report on light & switch state
- V12.5.1 - Change the way %rain% is spoken - If 0% then: 'Rain is not expected today" - If n% then 'There is a n% chance of rain today
- V12.5.0 - Added an optional, configurable 'prefix' input for weather alerts - "Message to play before weather alert (optional)"
Added a new trigger 'Weather Alert'
This will take the output from a suitable weather device and speak/message the alert
This will only activate if there is a change in the alert so should activate whenever a new alert is sent by the device
Added a new trigger: 'Lock/Unlock'
(Thanks to @cwwilson08 for all his help in testing this and help debugging Mp3 issues)
This version also includes a switch to enable/disable the 'poll' of the weather device for weather attributes other than 'Alert'
This version also has a number of 'bugfixes' included
- Fixed Mp3 playback
- Fixed %time% variable where it would say "0 pm/am" instead of 'o'clock' on the hour
- Fixed issues where a lock trigger would not send a 'Join' message
Added a couple more variables for use in messages & debug mp3 playing
I have added a new 'feature' of the number of selectable random messages you can have in each group
I have also increased the groups to 4
A big 'Thank You!' to @matthew for his creative work on the code for number of random phrases Without him, you would not have this feature!
I have now given you the option to use a 'speech synthesis' device in addition to the previous 'music player' device
One thing to note:
For anyone who has been using this with the 'musicPlayer' capability
You will need to open each child and select "Voice Message (MusicPlayer)" as the old "Voice Message" is no longer valid.
Once selected the previous settings should reappear so you can then just save the child again.
I have also added a number of 'weather' variables.
The following variables have been added:
%wsum% - Replaced with a weather summary
%high% - Replaced with a 'Forecast High'
%low% - Replaced with a 'Forecast Low
%hum% - Replaced with a 'Humidity'
%wnow% - Replaced with 'Weather Now'
%rain% - Replaced with 'Chance of Rain'
%vis% - Replaced with 'Visibility'
%wgust% - Replaced with 'Wind Gust'
%wspeed% - Replaced with 'Wind Speed'
%wdir% - Replaced with 'Wind Direction'
%feel% - Replaced with 'FeelsLike'
%temp% - Replaced with 'Temperature'
You will need to configure the appropriate 'weather device' for these to work.