We are very pleased to announce that the HTML5/D3 client now has the ability to configure autonomous behavior in the steward. Many, many thanks to Danny Goodman for his painstaking implementation of this. (For an obscure movie quote, cf., the character Egg Shen, “It wasn’t easy.”) Thanks also to Rebecca Malamud of Point.B Studio for the design.
Once you’re running “the latest”, you’ll see a third configuration icon in the upper-left corner of the screen:
If you click on the “automoton” icon — the little man that reminds me just a little of Gort — then you get the configuration screen for autonomous behavior:
The initial release has one domain: home autonomomy. We’re planning on a second domain, motive autonomy, very soon: the configuration design is data-driven, and fairly expressive.
Looking at this screen, you’ll see five activities, three of which I’ve already configured, and two which are incomplete. An activity has three states:
- incomplete - the user should indicate which devices should be involved in the activity
- configured and off - the activity is temporarily disabled by the user
- configured and on - the activity is enabled
Let’s look at the Status Lights activity by clicking on it:
The steward has a four color system (red, orange, blue, and green) indicating the status of the home:
- green - everything is A-OK
- blue - one or two issues of a non-critical nature (e.g., a plant needs water)
- orange - there are more than a few non-critical issues
- red - there is a critical issue
At present, this calculation is hard-wired. Over time, we hope to make it configurable. (Volunteers welcome!)
The screen shows all the lights in my home that the steward manages that are capable of changing color, and none of them are highlighted. Since I spend most of my time in the home office, I’ll select a ceiling light that is within my view — Desk (south) — and also the Hue Bloom that is in my bedroom:
I then click “Activate” and then “Done”:
and the activity is now configured and on.
The Manage Air Quality activity is similar:
After we get the motive autonomy added, we’ll probably circle back to home autonomy for a few bells and whistles. Stay tuned!