Background and use case: To keep the wife somewhat interested in my home automation stuff, I created a pretty simple rule that starts playing music (via Spotify) on her Echo Tap at a certain time in the morning. Using a virtual switch in SmartThings, I created a simple SharpTools dashboard that allows her to choose on her smart phone whether or not she is going to get up for work the next day. If the switch is “on” (she is getting up for work), then the rule started playing the music at the specified time. (I then used Life360 presence to turn it off when she left the house.)
That function seems to be broken, and I suspect it broke with the loss of Echo Speaks.
In trying to come up with a work around, I can create an Alexa routine that fires every weekday at the preset time. But that does not take into account the “is she working” virtual switch. And I would rather we not wake up to music at an indecent hour if we don’t have to.
I’ve tried to find a way to invoke an Alexa routine within SharpTools or SmartThings, or a (virtual) device that can trigger a routine to run. Am I missing something obvious somewhere? Or, should I just wait it out for the “Echo Speaks Lite” smart app?