I’ve returned to work on the app for a bit after a long (and needed) leave of absence.
iOS 13 has extended the possibilities to add custom commands to Siri for a bit, and they have integrated the Shortcuts app into that framework as well. The upcoming version of HomeWave will finally take advantage of that.
Unfortunately we still can’t go “Hey Siri, turn off the bathroom lights” and expect it to know how to communicate that to HomeWave without any configuration on our part, that’s not how it works. What you can do with the new Shortcuts app:
- Ask Siri: “Play a scene” (or you make up your own phrase). It will then ask you for the scene, and it will execute the first one with a matching name. Similar functionality for switches.
- Make up predefined commands for Siri like “Turn on the bathroom lights”, which you set up with a phrase, and have the desired scene or device/state names already specified in the command.
- Add automation shortcuts, so you can execute scenes when your phone connects to the home wifi and stuff like that.
I hope to push this out to Apple in the next week or so…