One of the nicest benefits of a smart home is that it allows you to personalise your house to your way of life. This can of course be changed and modified every couple of years when your needs change.
A way to go about defining the scenes in your smart home is to think about different intents and modes you are in at different points in the day when at home. This will vary drastically from person to person, family with young kids, with older kids or when kids leave the house, when you stop going to work, or if you work from home, etc.
The example below is intended to give you some ideas.
Our weekday routines in a timeline:
7:00 Alexa, good morning
Prepare the house for the morning routine, lights dimmed, shades opened slightly, bathroom prepared for shower.
On some mornings we turn the music on in the bathroom issuing a separate command to our voice assistant. It is more flexible this way than to include music in the morning scene.
Set bedroom shutters to 90%
Set ambient bathroom light to 50%, turn on bathroom mirror to display news and overview of your day, close both electric bathroom doors, turn bathroom floor heating on
Set kitchen ambient light to 50%, open kitchen, dining and living room shutters to 90%.
Set thermostats to day mode
7:15 Alexa, turn shaving mode on
During the shower ventilation turns on automatically due to increased humidity. Prepare the bathroom for shaving:
7:20 Alexa, turn bathroom off
Leave the bathroom. Family moves to the kitchen area to prepare breakfast:
7:30 Alexa, set breakfast mode on
Breakfast ready, everyone to the table:
Turn ambient kitchen light to 50%
Turn main and ambient dining room light to 50%
Set kitchen and dining room shutters to 75%
8:00 Alexa, set breakfast mode off
Breakfast finished, get ready to leave the house:
Turn all kitchen and dining room lights off
Open kitchen and dining room shutters, stop music in kitchen and living room
8:30 Alexa, we're off
Getting through the door:
Turn all lights off, set shutters to 90%, turn all music off
Increase ventilation to change the air in the home throughout the day.
Set the alarm
17:00 Alexa, we're back
Returning back home:
18:00 Alexa, turn cooking mode on/off
Start cooking dinner, music is a must (rock music for me if I am cooking) but again it is more flexible if issued as a separate command.
18:30 Alexa, set dinner time on/off
Call family to dinner table, music switched to relaxing music:
19:30 Alexa, turn evening mode on
Set the house to the evening mode when it gets dark:
19:45 Alexa, turn story mode on
Part of getting our kids to bed process is to read a story in the bathroom
19:50 Alexa, turn story mode off
20:00 Alexa, set bedtime mode on
And finish the story in the bed.
20:15 Alexa, set bedtime mode off
Turn all lights off, time to sleep.
We have not yet played with any soothing sounds skills but there are quite a few out there.
20:30 Alexa, turn reading mode on/off
Take some time off in the evening and read a book:
Set reading corner light to 100%
Turn off other living room lights
Set shutters in the living area to 75%
20:30 Alexa, set working mode on/off
Or prepare for the next work day:
23:00 Alexa, set night mode on
Close the house, set bathroom and bedroom to the appropriate mode
Turn all lights off, turn off music
Turn bathroom ambient light on
Turn bedroom ambient light on if bedroom not already in night mode
Close shutters to 90%, bedroom shutters close completely, leave kids room as it is
Set thermostats to night mode
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