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What new features would you like to see in the Evolve LCD1 driver?

Smart toggle feature with fast, direct association to other switches
6 (14.6%)
Improved indicator which accurately shows whether a scene is on or off
9 (22%)
Control over backlight and key light within a scene
3 (7.3%)
Welcome screen which flashes until someone presses any key.
2 (4.9%)
Better thermostat control with heat/cool/auto/off cycling
2 (4.9%)
Cycle through several states in each button. e.g. Off/Low/High
3 (7.3%)
More than 5 virtual buttons with up/down scrolling
1 (2.4%)
Dynamic display of data from other devices visible to Vera
15 (36.6%)

Total Members Voted: 40

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Offline ChrisFSB

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Re: New Evolve LCD1 Plugin
« Reply #15 on: August 18, 2013, 07:55:05 pm »
@gengen: Many thanks for 0.7 - much better working with firmware 0.31. 

I need to do some more testing and report back - but a quick test showed that much was improved.  Thanks for all your hard work on this.

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Re: New Evolve LCD1 Plugin
« Reply #16 on: August 19, 2013, 09:37:09 am »
@ChrisFSB

I'm glad that it works better for you.

Please do try out the more aggressive tuning parameters, especially if you are at firmware 0.31. I created two sets of default parameters depending on the LCD1 firmware revision based on your previous post. The 0.31 settings essentially just wait 2 seconds before drawing each line. The 0.37 settings can draw 2 lines at a time much faster, but they rely on feedback from the LCD. Please check out the table at the bottom of the Wiki page and experiment with the values.

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Re: New Evolve LCD1 Plugin
« Reply #17 on: August 22, 2013, 08:31:49 pm »
I finally got around to installing the plug-in, and I'm having some trouble.  Here goes...

1) I'm getting a lot of reboots when I update the labels.  I tried setting the delay parameter up to 3000, since I was successful using that value when I was setting labels the old way.  It's still rebooting instead of resetting the labels.  It's inconsistent and I'm not sure why.

2) I can't figure out how to get two lines of text on a button label.  Inserting \r as instructed in the device form does not work.  Help :-)

Otherwise, I like the interface and the ability to use multiple screens of labels.  That will make my home/away functionality on one of my controllers very user friendly.

Thank you.

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Re: New Evolve LCD1 Plugin
« Reply #18 on: November 28, 2013, 08:55:25 pm »
I just received a LCD1 with firmware 0.39. I get bored sometimes, thought it would be fun to play with. Your app is phenomenal; I can change labels on the individual screens effortlessly. It also seems you've tweaked it perfectly, as the screen updates are less than one second. However, I cannot get a scene in vera to trigger a change of screen on the LCD1. Maybe it's this firmware version or my stupidity, but even after associating the device with itself and of course the command in the advanced tab, it simply will not accept the command to change screens.

I like the keypad overall. I wish it would accept a back light timeout greater than 15 seconds and wish the button LEDs were multicolored and independent of each other so they could serve indicator purposes. The Leviton zone controllers are far superior at this point for "at a glance" indicator usage as they have 3 colors. I just wish there was a zwave controller similar to the older Control4 units that have essentially unlimited colors.  That, combined with the Evolve 2 gang controller, would be awesome.

The /r didn't work for me either, but on my unit just adding a label with a space between 2 words works fine for a 2 line label.

Thanks for your work; this app has made the LCD1 a usable controller on vera networks!


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1 Vera3 1.5.622, 3 Leviton scene controllers, 11 Leviton zone controllers, 14 GE/Jasco dimmers, 7 GE/Jasco switches, 3 GE/Jasco dimmer modules, 2 Evolve dimmer modules, 6 GE/Jasco switch modules, 6 GE/Jasco receptacles, 2 GE/Jasco Outdoor Modules, 2 Leviton fan controllers, 1 Schlage deadbolt, 1 Kwickset deadbolt, 1 Kwickset Lever, 1 Aeon smart switch, 1 Aeon home energy monitor, 3 Phillips hue bulbs, 1 Evolve LCD-1 controller & a 2GIG panel acting as a secondary controller.

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Re: New Evolve LCD1 Plugin
« Reply #19 on: November 29, 2013, 01:17:02 am »
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Your app is phenomenal

Well, Thank you. This caps off a really nice Thanksgiving. Actually, I'm working on a new version with lots of new features that will put the old version to shame! Sorry, I can't change colors or do anything that is physically impossible with the device, but I have added a new mode which switches screens allowing you to create hierarchical menus. I have created a new UI paradigm that makes creating scenes with the controller much easier. Basically, you can go directly into the scene editor from the LCD1 control panel without having to to perform a separate scene creation step. Also, if you also have a Z-Wave thermostat (and preferably an Evolve T100-R Thermostat), there will be new features allowing you to control your thermostats from your controller. I hope to have a nice Christmas present for the board with this update, but I want to make sure that it is working well before I release it into the wild.

If your controller is not yet at version 00.00.39, I highly suggest contacting Evolve Guest Controls and returning the device for a firmware upgrade. The new firmware is definitely better than the old older versions and re-display performance can be improved. (If all you need is static labels and you don't want to control a thermostat, then this is not as important.) One downside to the update is that it removes support for fixed menus in languages other than English. (Of course, you can create custom menus in any language, however, they must use all ASCII text with no diacritics or non-Roman characters.)

Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Gengen

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Re: New Evolve LCD1 Plugin
« Reply #20 on: January 25, 2014, 02:36:55 am »
I've been wondering if you have made any progress on your new version of the Evolve LCD-1 app. Even if it isn't functioning exactly the way you want it to, I'm very willing to be a beta tester for it. I hope this message doesn't strike you as unappreciative, as you have made a solid app already and I'm very grateful for your efforts.


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Re: New Evolve LCD1 Plugin
« Reply #21 on: January 25, 2014, 02:54:13 am »
Does anyone know where these can be purchased in the UK?

I tried to contact the company direct a couple of times via email but they have never responded (not the best customer service)

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Re: New Evolve LCD1 Plugin
« Reply #22 on: January 25, 2014, 06:12:36 am »
Do they make a version on the EU Z-Wave frequency? (And yes, I don't have a good customer service experience with them at all either.)
Dezwaved at the moment...

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Re: New Evolve LCD1 Plugin
« Reply #23 on: January 25, 2014, 10:26:35 am »
RE: New versions of LCD-1 driver.

I know it's been a while but I'm definitely still working on a major update of the LCD1 controller driver, even as I write this post. There are still a few rough spots and I don't want to let it out just yet. I'm also worried about UI6 given that I am playing some games with the Vera UI. Perhaps in the next few weeks. I know that my "Christmas present" is now turning into more like Valentine's day, but hopefully before St. Patrick's day. Everything I said in my Thanksgiving post still holds true. I've just been very busy with other projects, but I work on this one whenever I have a chance.

RE: UK support. You would have to talk to Evolve about that. I don't think that they are planning new firmware updates. Hopefully, we can get them exited about making new controllers with better displays but KEEP THE HARD BUTTONS!

Cheers

Gengen

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Re: New Evolve LCD1 Plugin
« Reply #24 on: January 25, 2014, 11:03:00 am »
The Evolve Controls "corporate office", I use the term loosely because it's basically operating out of a house converted for commercial use, is in the same town as my office. I too tried contacting them and their main distributor directly (over a month ago), neither one has responded via email. Me thinks it's time to stay away from these folks.

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Re: New Evolve LCD1 Plugin
« Reply #25 on: January 25, 2014, 12:11:53 pm »
Actually, I have gotten some support from Evolve and they have answered a bunch of questions that I had regarding the controllers and various other Evolve devices which I purchased. I would not be too hard on them.

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Re: New Evolve LCD1 Plugin
« Reply #26 on: January 30, 2014, 07:57:39 pm »
Installed the LCD1 today, took a couple of tries to get it paired with Vera but it is now paired.
I can change the text on Custom 1, which seems to be the default that is displayed on the lcd1.
I'm confused as to how you alternate among the different control scenes - is it by holding one of the buttons longer? Button 1 is for control scene 1, long press on button 2 is for control scene 2, same for 3?

anyway, I'm unable to get any scenes to fire. My first scene is triggered by the evolve lcd1 controller and is scene number 1 .. when i press the first button on lcd1, nothing happens.

i'm probably missing something very simple but was trying to pair my skybell with my phone and it's not working so apologies if i overlooked something simple

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Re: New Evolve LCD1 Plugin
« Reply #27 on: February 01, 2014, 02:21:37 pm »
The current version does not allow automatic switching between scenes other than perhaps having a different scene from a different trigger or schedule changing among the scenes by using one of the buttons in the main control panel screen.

Make sure that when you are triggering a scene that you are using the "peer device" and not the hidden "Z-Wave" device.
Also, make sure that the modes of the five buttons (configuration parameters 1-5) are set appropriately. (typically 0 for momentary, 1 for toggle.)

All of this should be handled automatically in the next version.

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Re: New Evolve LCD1 Plugin
« Reply #28 on: February 01, 2014, 03:42:43 pm »
I went through triggering scenes about 15 times, walked away from it for a day and then the next day the scene triggers were working.  I have this mounted next to one of my doors and it works exceptionally well. I can hit "secure house" when I leave and don't need to worry about any lights on, doors unlocked, etc. and now that I have some integration between XBMC and global cache ip2ir devices, I have triggers for turning on "Headline News" or playing highly rated music. So cool!

One question: How does one contact the Evolve guys? I'd like to send the device out to get upgraded to whatever the latest firmware is (I'm on 0.37, I believe). I'm looking at versions under settings and see:

      1,3,20,0,37

I have to say though, what a FABULOUS plugin! A virtual keg of beer for you :)


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Re: New Evolve LCD1 Plugin
« Reply #29 on: February 01, 2014, 08:07:35 pm »
@macrho

I won't post the Evolve contact publicly but I will PM you or anyone else who needs the upgrade to 0.39 and posts how they will be using it on this thread.