Matthew Johns

My feedback

  1. 525 votes
    Vote
    Sign in
    Check!
    (thinking…)
    Reset
    or sign in with
    • facebook
    • google
      Password icon
      Signed in as (Sign out)
      You have left! (?) (thinking…)
      75 comments  ·  Product ideas » Future functionality  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      Matthew Johns commented  · 

      Fred,
      As I have no Homepod I'm flying a little blind on this but will give it my best shot. There have been issues with Shortcuts ability to speak text, which are up to Apple to resolve. Assuming that's not the case here are some options to try.
      1 )The articles on Homepod state that it actually runs the shortcuts on the iphone or ipad. Personally I'm dubious because this creates issues when you've multiple handheld devices (i.e. which one does it use) but my first suggestion is to make confirm that your phone is in range and on.
      2) Assuming that's OK, try deleting and reinstalling the shortcut (sorry if you've already given that a go).
      3) Assuming that doesn't work, my final thought is that maybe the import questions are preventing it working somehow. To work out if that's the case then try the following: open the shortcut, select settings (the sliders below the word 'done'), scroll down to 'import questions' and then delete them all. Then go back and try again.
      'fraid that's as much as I can think of until I've invested in my own HP.
      Good luck!
      M

      Matthew Johns commented  · 

      Stuart and Fred,
      The problem that's stopping you is that Siri is confusing whichever command you've set for the shortcut with one that Apple have set aside for a Homekit device or other Siri reserved function such as weather. If you change the Siri command for the shortcut to something that it won't confuse with other built in commands, e.g. "swordfish" then it should work.

      Smithy,
      I don't know why it might not work from Widget. I guess congratulations are due on finding a issue but I'm sorry I can't help. If you resolve it please do let me know and I'll build into a future iteration.

      M

      Matthew Johns commented  · 

      Success! (at least for the relative boost). I found I could interrogate the thermostat directly (using the get function for anyone who's interested) and so I proudly present the catchily titled:
      Turn up thermostat by 1 degree above current set temperature for 60 minutes shortcut: https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/9e03eb5eeda44718b3d6c8303146b53f
      Hope that it works for everyone
      M

      Matthew Johns commented  · 

      Apologies but the "relative boost" feature is too complicated for me to easily implement.
      Unfortunately there's no simple way to ask Hive for the current thermostat level; you have to check to see whether the thermostat is scheduled, boost or manual and if it's on scheduled then you have to cycle through the days and time to find the setting. So not an easy task. Sorry.
      M

      Matthew Johns commented  · 

      I've not had any experience of working with groups so may take a bit of time. The relative boost one should be easy once I've unlocked my hive account. I ran a prototype repeatedly without checking I'd put in my password :-(

      Matthew Johns commented  · 

      OK. Probably a typing error on my part
      Trying again. Shortcut to set the thermostat to the temperature you want.
      https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/1f25c0cc424e404682c4ee665828bfc6

      Matthew Johns commented  · 

      At PEC's request here is a shortcut that will set your thermostat to a specific temperature. I've not incorporated any error checking so please don't ask it to set the temperature outside of your normal range or by other then half a degree increments.
      https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/48bfcf319f584f4193f9c7f829b17d8e

      Matthew Johns commented  · 

      Here's one for toggling a plug
      https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/d07f93bee83e4767b5e02813dfbe4b25

      Dear Leo,
      I'm not on the beta for iOS 12.1.1 but will give it a shot once updated. If you're using the bulb shortcut https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/9ab33aa4652148c989cd5905a19621e4 You shouldn't need to do anything other than give the the app the three pieces of info: ID, password and bulb name. I've not tried it with all bulb types so of course YMMV.
      I may introduce some error reporting in a later one but this is just a hobby for me.
      Best wishes
      Matt

      Matthew Johns commented  · 

      Many thanks Active JR. No problems with circulating the info. I'm just happy to have helped.

      Dear Anonymous: I will pop together a smart plug shortcut when I have a free moment. Presumably you'd like the shortcut to toggle the plug status?

      Matthew Johns commented  · 

      Here are some shortcuts that you can add to Siri as shortcut under ios12:
      Boost Heating (single zone)
      https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/8a46d0d3844640d4b19412d7217a04ba
      Boost Hot Water
      https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/9700cc29b47441e29a114069bf76f5a3
      Boost all zones in a multi zone system
      https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/57fdd085ae1145fdb1275830616e0a01
      Hope that these help

    • 4,273 votes
      Vote
      Sign in
      Check!
      (thinking…)
      Reset
      or sign in with
      • facebook
      • google
        Password icon
        Signed in as (Sign out)
        You have left! (?) (thinking…)
        under review  ·  540 comments  ·  Product ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        Matthew Johns commented  · 

        Glad you got it sorted. Best wishes
        M

        Matthew Johns commented  · 

        Sorry if I'm being a bit thick but you are boosting to a temperature that you then decide is too hot? Do you want to return the heating to the MANUAL state, or you want to return it to the SCHEDULE?
        Also wouldn't a shorter boost time be more useful to you? Here's a variable time booster (for anyone who's interested) where you can set both boost temperature and length of boost.
        https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/56984c6e48e64b3c90f6fd3df49fd37d
        and one that asks you each time that you run it:
        https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/f30e40762414408387684955fcbc09dc

        Matthew Johns commented  · 

        When you say "turn off" can you be more explicit as to what you want it to do. Turn off scheduling and put it onto the Frost protection (7°) level or something else? Glad people are finding these useful/

        Matthew Johns commented  · 

        This shortcut turns up the thermostat for one degree for an hour. Multiple uses will turn up the thermostat by more but the hour will always be 60 minutes from the last time it's used. https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/9e03eb5eeda44718b3d6c8303146b53f

        Matthew Johns commented  · 

        Accidental success. That most recent shortcut will toggle any selected named device including plugs.

        Matthew Johns commented  · 

        Here’s one that should toggle a light. You have to give it the name of the light. https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/9ab33aa4652148c989cd5905a19621e4

        Matthew Johns commented  · 

        Many thanks Fran, it's nice to know that they're being used.
        I'm working on more as I've just upgraded my hub in order to get the "ready by" feature. My hivehub knowledge was as a result of trying and failing to write my own version of "ready by"

        Matthew Johns commented  · 

        For completeness here's the shortcut for "Boost all zones in a heating system" that you can add to Siri in ios12. This one doesn't talk to you. https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/57fdd085ae1145fdb1275830616e0a01

        Matthew Johns commented  · 

        Kludge just for amcleod that should boost the first zone in a system, which for them is downstairs https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/678b1021ecf24665a5e7dc2b92a27668

        Matthew Johns commented  · 

        amcleod,
        I'm not sure how zones are structured in the Hive data so I'm afraid I can't write something that I'll know will work. The two heating zones will have some form of unique name but they could be held in either an array or a dictionary and each requires a different approach to pulling out the id. When you run the home heating boost does it heat both zones, just one, or give an error?
        Without the initial logon response I'm afraid that I'm flying blind.

        Matthew Johns commented  · 

        60 minute Boost for home heating to 22 degrees too:
        https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/8a46d0d3844640d4b19412d7217a04ba

        Matthew Johns commented  · 

        Here's a shortcut that (should) boost your hot water for an hour (or tell you that it can't)
        https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/9700cc29b47441e29a114069bf76f5a3
        You can add it to Siri from the settings menu.
        Really thinking that if it's this easy then Hive should have been able to implement this

        Matthew Johns commented  · 

        Here's a link to my first ios12 hive shortcut for anyone who want to try. All it does is read out the temperature from your hive thermostat. Hot water boost is my next mini project.
        https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/fe97e06a80934757b7a817c7dbfc2250

        Matthew Johns commented  · 

        Has anyone written a Siri shortcut for hive yet? Any ideas as to the top things to do?
        I've written one to log into the Hive API but parsing the data is a lot of effort.

        Matthew Johns commented  · 

        With Apple iOS12 you can now get Siri to send commands to individuals apps (like Hive) without going through Homekit. I think it's better to integrate with Homekit but would at least be a stop gap.

        Matthew Johns commented  · 

        Dear Anonymous from 7 Nov.
        At the time of writing Hive does not support Homekit. It's not even marked as 'planned'.
        I don't know who the "some are saying" are that you refer to but I've not seen any workaround.

        Sadly the software development of the Hive hub has not really progressed in the last three years imho and I think Tado is now your best bet if you want Homekit compatibility. Wishing I was wrong and holding onto Hive until I have a need to change. Best regards.Matt

        Matthew Johns commented  · 

        Belkin has just updated their hub to include Homekit (not available until Q3 though). https://www.cnet.com/au/products/belkin-wemo-bridge-homekit-enabled/preview/
        Come on Hive!

        Matthew Johns commented  · 

        Well this https://t.co/JEuWocYwaE explains why they went with Alexa. TLDR It was easier.

        Apple's Home app requires a hardware refresh to the hub as they demand that security is hardware baked at the local level. Diarised for 2017 so don't expect anything before 2018.

        IMHO Alexa's a glorified shopping channel and a bit too 1984. Though if we could get an Amazon Dash button to function as a Hive light switch I'd be happier about moving to Hive Lights.

      • 57 votes
        Vote
        Sign in
        Check!
        (thinking…)
        Reset
        or sign in with
        • facebook
        • google
          Password icon
          Signed in as (Sign out)
          You have left! (?) (thinking…)
          15 comments  ·  Product ideas » Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          Matthew Johns commented  · 

          If you would like to boost to another temperature then you can do this on an iPhone using ios 12 Shortcuts.
          Here is an explanation of how to set them up.
          https://www.activejr.com/hive-home-homekit-support-well-sort-of-hey-siri-shortcuts/
          and here is a pre-written shortcut to boost your heating to your desired temperature
          https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/52a491cce72044f581a8467c2df4f789
          Hope that helps,

        • 300 votes
          Vote
          Sign in
          Check!
          (thinking…)
          Reset
          or sign in with
          • facebook
          • google
            Password icon
            Signed in as (Sign out)
            You have left! (?) (thinking…)
            41 comments  ·  Product ideas » Future functionality  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            Matthew Johns commented  · 

            It's not full Homekit but if you want to control Hive with Siri, here are a few Shortcuts that you can use in iOS12:
            Toggle a named device: https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/9ab33aa4652148c989cd5905a19621e4
            Boost Heating: https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/57fdd085ae1145fdb1275830616e0a01
            Boost Hot Water: https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/9700cc29b47441e29a114069bf76f5a3
            Read out the temperature at home: https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/fe97e06a80934757b7a817c7dbfc2250
            Hope that helps until we get full support,

          • 14 votes
            Vote
            Sign in
            Check!
            (thinking…)
            Reset
            or sign in with
            • facebook
            • google
              Password icon
              Signed in as (Sign out)
              You have left! (?) (thinking…)
              3 comments  ·  Product ideas » Future functionality  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              Matthew Johns commented  · 

              Here are some shortcuts that you can add to Siri as shortcut under ios12:
              Boost Heating (single zone)
              https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/8a46d0d3844640d4b19412d7217a04ba
              Boost Hot Water
              https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/9700cc29b47441e29a114069bf76f5a3
              Boost all zones in a multi zone system
              https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/57fdd085ae1145fdb1275830616e0a01
              Hope that these help

            • 52 votes
              Vote
              Sign in
              Check!
              (thinking…)
              Reset
              or sign in with
              • facebook
              • google
                Password icon
                Signed in as (Sign out)
                You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                9 comments  ·  Product ideas » Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                Matthew Johns commented  · 

                Here are some shortcuts that you can add to Siri as shortcut under ios12:
                Boost Heating (single zone)
                https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/8a46d0d3844640d4b19412d7217a04ba
                Boost Hot Water
                https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/9700cc29b47441e29a114069bf76f5a3
                Boost all zones in a multi zone system
                https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/57fdd085ae1145fdb1275830616e0a01
                Hope that these help

              • 55 votes
                Vote
                Sign in
                Check!
                (thinking…)
                Reset
                or sign in with
                • facebook
                • google
                  Password icon
                  Signed in as (Sign out)
                  You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                  5 comments  ·  Product ideas » Future functionality  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  Matthew Johns commented  · 

                  Here are some shortcuts that you can add to Siri as shortcut under ios12:
                  Boost Heating (single zone)
                  https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/8a46d0d3844640d4b19412d7217a04ba
                  Boost Hot Water
                  https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/9700cc29b47441e29a114069bf76f5a3
                  Boost all zones in a multi zone system
                  https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/57fdd085ae1145fdb1275830616e0a01
                  Hope that these help

                • 15 votes
                  Vote
                  Sign in
                  Check!
                  (thinking…)
                  Reset
                  or sign in with
                  • facebook
                  • google
                    Password icon
                    Signed in as (Sign out)
                    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                    4 comments  ·  Product ideas » Future functionality  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    Matthew Johns commented  · 

                    Really frustrated that the only way to dim a light is to open the app, select the bulb and then dim it. This should be:
                    1) a recipe
                    2) an IFTTT option
                    3) a widget on the phone home screen
                    4) an alexa skill; and
                    5) a physical button (e.g. flic)

                  • 66 votes
                    Vote
                    Sign in
                    Check!
                    (thinking…)
                    Reset
                    or sign in with
                    • facebook
                    • google
                      Password icon
                      Signed in as (Sign out)
                      You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                      5 comments  ·  Product ideas » Future functionality  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      Matthew Johns supported this idea  · 
                    • 337 votes
                      Vote
                      Sign in
                      Check!
                      (thinking…)
                      Reset
                      or sign in with
                      • facebook
                      • google
                        Password icon
                        Signed in as (Sign out)
                        You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                        under review  ·  27 comments  ·  Product ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        Matthew Johns supported this idea  · 
                      • 1,507 votes
                        Vote
                        Sign in
                        Check!
                        (thinking…)
                        Reset
                        or sign in with
                        • facebook
                        • google
                          Password icon
                          Signed in as (Sign out)
                          You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                          121 comments  ·  Product ideas  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          Matthew Johns supported this idea  · 
                        • 57 votes
                          Vote
                          Sign in
                          Check!
                          (thinking…)
                          Reset
                          or sign in with
                          • facebook
                          • google
                            Password icon
                            Signed in as (Sign out)
                            You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                            4 comments  ·  Product ideas » Future functionality  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            Matthew Johns supported this idea  · 

                          Feedback and Knowledge Base