I got three Siemens devices with home connect, washer, dishwasher and coffee machine. But is it just me or did they not put a lot of thinking into those “smart” devices?
My latest addition was the coffee machine. I would have loved getting up in the morning, telling “Hey google, make me coffee!” and google telling homey to tell home connect to start up the coffee machine and brew me a fresh cup.
And yes, this was all possible and very easy. The only thing I needed to do was place an empty cup the night before and homey could start the device and order coffee. But… again…, they did not think this through. Because what is the first thing the coffee machine does upon starting? Perform a clean program that will dump filthy water to the same outlet that will later produce fresh coffee afterwards.
So when I start this create coffee command I do get a cup of coffee, but it would always have this first round of cleaning water in it as well. Not very smart and useless for remote control this way.
Second is the washer. They probably don’t trust their developers enough to provide a secure solution, cause if you want to do anything remote with the machine, you have to enable it first with a physical button on the device and then it will allow up to an hour or so of remote commands.
What the wife would have wanted here is an option to ask how long a program will still be running. So, I made this flow where Google TTS would announce its program progress and remaining time over all google minis. But they seem never set and always at 99% still running for hours.
This is the same on the dish washer. The variables are there, but not working. While the home connect app is telling me the program finished, it can’t be used within Homey.
Did anyone get any of this to work correctly?