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Offline dlca1

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Using Apple Watch to Control Vera
« on: May 20, 2015, 07:54:57 pm »
I wanted to figure out how to get my Apple Watch to Control Vera

I can now turn lights on/off from my apple watch!

Sharing this in case anybody else is interested.

- I ended up buying the Roomie Remote Control App ($9.99). The Roomie App has integration with a ton of different devices including Vera.
- I also had to subscribe to the Roomie Service to get access to the Apple Watch add-on. ($1.99/month or $16.99/year).

- The following thread was helpful in case you need help to integrate Roomie with Vera.
http://www.roomieremote.com/forums/topic/mi-casa-verde-vera-lite-integration/

I've only been using it for a few hours, but it was pretty easy to get setup. The roomie remote control has a nice ipad/iphone interface



 
« Last Edit: May 20, 2015, 09:46:39 pm by dlca1 »

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Re: Using Apple Watch to Control Vera
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2015, 08:15:54 pm »
Below may be a mistype in your post as it makes no sense to me. :-)

($1.99/month or $16.99) per month.
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Offline dlca1

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Re: Using Apple Watch to Control Vera
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2015, 09:47:44 pm »
Now corrected in original post. Thanks BOFH.

The $16.99 is per year.


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Re: Using Apple Watch to Control Vera
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2015, 10:52:23 pm »
If someone is interested for a cheaper alternative, through another post I found out there is an app called Workflow that is currently running an "Applet Watch" special for $2.99.  No subscription charge after.

It does NOT have direct integration with Vera, but it allows you to set up menu items and then have that menu item triggers a Http Get to a URL, which I set several menu items to point to my Vera's scene URLs.

In order to not expose my Vera username and password, I set the URL to be internal only (e.g. 192.168.1.2), and not use the MIOS fwd address.  I figure if I'm out of my home network, I probably don't really have a need to turn off a light with my Apple Watch.  It may be more secured to take out my iPhone to do it instead.

$2.99 gets my job done.

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Re: Using Apple Watch to Control Vera
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2015, 08:18:18 am »
And to weight in as well... I'm hoping a new version of VeraMate will be released by Apple within days (or maybe hours) that will include Apple Watch support  :)

It'll release (for a limited time) at only .99c to activate the watch.

As simply as logging into the app, and selecting devices to display, or easily access all controllable devices.   Initial version, but a lot more planned.
VeraMate for iOS - simple, customisable, Vera control.  http://www.veramate.com
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Re: Using Apple Watch to Control Vera
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2015, 12:58:06 pm »
Can I purchase VeraMate premium at the AppStore now and then In-App purchase the Watch add-on for $0.99 when it's available?  Is that how it works?

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Re: Using Apple Watch to Control Vera
« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2015, 01:13:04 pm »
Can I purchase VeraMate premium at the AppStore now and then In-App purchase the Watch add-on for $0.99 when it's available?  Is that how it works?

Yes, that's how it works.  (Just waiting for Apple to approve now...)
VeraMate for iOS - simple, customisable, Vera control.  http://www.veramate.com
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Re: Using Apple Watch to Control Vera
« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2015, 04:44:33 pm »
I was a little disappointed when the Siri on the Original Apple Watch OS couldn't process HomeKit commands directly. It would require handing off to iPhone.

Apple released a beta of watch os2 a few days ago.

I've confirmed I can now now tell Siri on Apple Watch -> Turn off Den Lights. Siri on apple watch will process the command directly and return a confirmation button. you click confirm and the command automatically gets invoked via the iphone (which has the wifi connectivity to homekit).   (Now we no longer need to pull out the iphone) Pretty cool





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Re: Using Apple Watch to Control Vera
« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2015, 08:40:14 pm »
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Siri on apple watch will process the command directly and return a confirmation button.

This is good news!  I spent some time getting VeraHomeKitBridge to work on my RPi, only arrived to the same disappointment that Apple Watch requires a hand off.  This news gives me something to look forward to for the WatchOS 2 upgrade.

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Re: Using Apple Watch to Control Vera
« Reply #9 on: December 22, 2015, 04:25:39 pm »
Just to give an update on using the Apple Watch and Siri to control Vera I can say that with WatchOS 2 there is no handoff issues. I used the VeraHomeKit project on these forums by Albeebe and Hackworth to setup the VeraHomeKitBridge on an old Raspberry Pi B I had laying around, then installed Elgato Eve (free) on my iPhone and was able to control Vera from my Apple Watch using Siri. Here is a Demo: https://youtu.be/T5kibmQiTuM.

If want to do this then you can check out this thread: http://forum.micasaverde.com/index.php/topic,31716.360.html. I used the rep from Hackworth here https://github.com/Hackworth/VeraHomeKitBridge. Just follow the instruction on the repo.
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Re: Using Apple Watch to Control Vera
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Using Apple Watch to Control Vera
« Reply #11 on: September 12, 2018, 07:46:54 am »
Hey Hustoms, it is hard to say withour knowing your system but you can convert your current remote control to an RF remote using the Next  Generation Remote Control Extender, which will allow you to use it in  other rooms.