Text Messaging with Google Home

December 19, 2016 Keith 44

You may have recently purchased a Google Home device and are now wondering what’s next. For starters, I suggest you unlock some home automation capabilities by coupling your Google Home with SmartThings, IFTTT, and the Harmony Hub. Take a look at my previous post for insight into how to get started. In the meantime, if you have interest in sending text messages via voice commands and your Google Home device, I have an option to consider. Out-of-the-box, Google Home does not provide the ability to send text messages. In fact, when you ask it to send a message, Google Home will reply back with “Sorry, I can’t send texts yet.” Fortunately, there is a work-around available, and it is quite simple. The video below highlights the work-around in action. By leveraging a Google Home and IFTTT integration, I can text virtually any message to a pre-defined contact via IFTTT applets […]

Google Home Smart Home Integration (Google Home, SmartThings, Harmony Hub, and IFTTT)

December 3, 2016 Keith 42

I recently posted a video on YouTube demonstrating several smart home integrations I configured with Google Home, SmartThings, Harmony, and IFTTT.  The video was created, with quick turn around, based on a recent exchange I had with the fine people at SmartThings @credendino Hey Keith, we’d love to highlight your #GoogleHome and SmartThings set up! Would you mind sharing a video? ? — SmartThings (@smartthings) November 8, 2016 I’ve since received several requests, via the YouTube comments, to detail my configuration/setup. As a result, I’ve decided to put together this post to help answer the many questions received. Before I jump into the details, I’ll first list out the different components used within the demonstrated ecosystem. (I do have other smart-capabilities configured, but I will keep this post centered on only those demonstrated in the video. I’ll save other integrations, such as my garage door or alarm system, for possible […]