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Is there any way to add a blinds into the ISY Portal Google Home Interface so that the home knows they are blinds (and not a program)?  Does google home natively support blinds? This would solve a small problem on my system mine -

 

My blinds are in the ISY as a network resource. I have been able to get them working in two ways with pros and cons -

 

First way is to use IFTTT which works well but since I have multiple blinds I loose the ability to assign rooms to blinds in the home app. The work around is that you need to add an IFTTT command for each room "raise the bedroom blinds" vs. just "raise the blinds" when the blinds and home speaker are in the same room. This is what I use now but its not 100% ideal because you need to use IFTTT and you loose the ability to assign rooms to the blind/device.

 

Second way is to add the blinds into home as a device (program) like a normal light or scene in the ISY portal Google Home integration. With this setup you can assign rooms but the language doesn't work because google thinks the blinds are lights. So "turn on/off the blinds works" but not "raise/lower". 

 

First world problems. Let me know if you have any ideas.

Thanks

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I use programs to control window coverings because they are controlled by a network resource, the same as yours. So no, there is no native support. That's recisely why you need the network module. I had been using on and off for voice control (Amazon Echo) until the smartphone Alexa app was released.

 

The app allows using what you want to say with the exception of certain reserved words. Using the app I can create statements such as, "Alexa, open the verticals," or Alexa, close the kitchen shade." I believe that you can do that with Google commands, too.

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The app allows using what you want to say with the exception of certain reserved words. Using the app I can create statements such as, "Alexa, open the verticals," or Alexa, close the kitchen shade." I believe that you can do that with Google commands, too.

 

Google Assistant on IFTTT (not in the google home app) allows for custom commands so i can say "open the blinds" or "open the living room blinds" - the problem is that this is using IFTTT and therefor is not a 'device' within the google home app of which you can then assign a room. Of course I can add the blinds as devices (via a program in the Google Home setup in ISY Portal) but as mentioned Google Home then thinks these programs are bulbs/lights/switches so it responds to ON/OFF only. 

 

So afaik I am out of luck until I can either a) Assign Rooms to IFTTT B) Google Adds "OPEN" as an ON command ("Close" actually works)

 

Maybe I am missing something

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I created two programs for each window covering. One is defined as a light, so I can use On to close the covering and Off to open it. The smartphone app allows me to use Close and Open instead of On and Off. The second program is used for a preset position.

 

You should be able to achieve the same results using programs. IFTTT is not needed. Is there not an Alexa app for Google Home?

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I look forward to further news on this.  I was supposed to install my new Automatic Curtain system ( http://automaticcurtain.com/ )this Tuesday but I made the (stupid) mistake in giving the company the wrong size. I sent it back and they will re-size for me.

Once they are installed, I hope to be able to control via Google Home and Alexa with "Open" and "Close".

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I created two programs for each window covering. One is defined as a light, so I can use On to close the covering and Off to open it. The smartphone app allows me to use Close and Open instead of On and Off. The second program is used for a preset position.

 

You should be able to achieve the same results using programs. IFTTT is not needed. Is there not an Alexa app for Google Home?

 

Yes, you can do this with a single program the UP (network resource command) in the THEN and the DOWN (network resource) das the ELSE. "OFF" and "ON" commands work fine and I am able to assign rooms. However, saying "Turn ON the blinds" to open the blinds is not ideal. Thats all i want, the abilty to say 'OPEN' or 'RAISE' instead of "ON" (with out using IFTTT).

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Before the advent of Open and Close being available as a smartphone app Routine, I thought of ON places the window covering on the window (closed) and OFF places the window covering off the window (opened). That seems related to the privacy scheme (which I also like).

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