Controlling Vera home automation Z-Wave controller with Amazon Echo by running an emulator on a Raspberry Pi
June 14, 2015
|Amazon Echo||Raspberry Pi||Vera Home Controller|
|The Echo will communicate with Phillips Hue controllers, but my setup is Vera based... what to do?||Add a Raspberry Pi- the Raspberry Pi emulates the Phillips controler and transposes it to 'Vera speak'||The Vera is setup with both on and off scenes for the lights that you want to control|
Here are the basic steps I used:
- The latest Raspbian has Java 8 installed, so I used that. I got the Raspbian image from the Raspberry Pi site and 'burned it' on a SD card- (I use Apple Pi Baker).
- Next, I downloaded the Java app and dumped it in the
/home/pifolder. I wrote a small
bashscript to make running it a little easier- this looks like this:
- I used this method to startup the Java app on boot.
- I created both on and off versions for all of my scenes on my Vera- scenes like
room- master bed on [id: 58]and
room- master bed off [id: 59]- make note of the IDs of these scenes, you' ll need these later
- The configuration of the Java app is done using by using a RESTful API. I used a OS X based tool called Paw To do this. My commands (in text form), looked like this:The
namevalue is the word(s) your want to use to control the Echo. The on/off IDs are at the end of the on/offUrl values
- repeat for all scenes you want to control via your Echo. Also, you'll probably want to save these commands as I used the
Forgetbutton on the
Connected Homesettings screen a number of times while trying to make this work right.
- Lastly, tell echo to discover your emulated controller. The command to do this is
Alexa, discover devices
- Once 'she' finds the devices, you can control them using the command
Alexa, turn master bedroom on
This is certainly a hack, but it seems to be working OK for me over the last couple of days. It would be nice if they just played together natively.