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Thinking Cleaner for Homebridge

Homebridge is a lightweight NodeJS server you can run on your home network that emulates the iOS HomeKit API. Learn more about Homebridge

This is a plugin to control your Thinking Cleaner via HomeKit. Learn more about Thinking Cleaner. Since Siri supports devices added through HomeKit, this means that with Homebridge you can ask Siri to control your Thinking Cleaner! For example you can say Siri, turn Dusty on. and your Roomba will start cleaning!

Or you can use a Homekit app for iOS to create scenes and start claning your house when you say:

  • Siri, I'm leaving.

The possibilities are endless!

Installation

Homebridge

If you haven't installed Homebridge yet, use these steps on the Homebridge page to get it up and running: Learn more about the Homebridge installation

Thinking Cleaner plugin

First of all we are going to install the Thinking Cleaner plugin by executing:

sudo npm install -g homebridge-thinkingcleaner

As easy as that! Now let's configure the plugin.

Configuration

We expect you have created a config.json already using the steps on the Homebridge page

Now we are going to add the Thinking Cleaner accessory to the config.json file. In the config.json add the following to the accessories section:

{
    "accessory": "Roomba",
    "name": "Dusty",
    "ip_address": "127.0.0.1",
	"dock_on_stop": "true"
}   

For example:

"accessories": [
   {
       "accessory": "Roomba",
       "name": "Dusty",
       "ip_address": "127.0.0.1",
   	"dock_on_stop": "true"
   }   
]

Replace Dusty with the name you gave your Thinking Cleaner during setup. (You don't necessarily have to enter the same name as you entered during setup, but it's recommended). This is also the name Siri will use for control

If you do not know the IP address of your Thinking Cleaner, simply leave it blank and your Thinking Cleaner will be discovered automatically. NOTE: When you have multiple Thinking Cleaner devices, you must fill in the IP address

If you want to disable docking when you stop (or 'turn off' your Roomba using Siri/HomeKit) change dock_on_stop to false. When you do so, your Roomba will just stay at the location where it currently is when you stop it.

Using

Now you should be able to run Homebridge again and the Thinking Cleaner plugin ready for usage:

$ homebridge
Loaded plugin: homebridge-thinkingcleaner
Registering accessory 'homebridge-thinkingcleaner.Roomba'
---
Loaded config.json with 1 accessories and 0 platforms.
---
Loading 0 platforms...
Loading 1 accessories...
[Dusty] Initializing Roomba accessory...

Homebridge is now ready to receive commands to control your Thinking Cleaner via HomeKit!

Siri note: The way I added the Thinking Cleaner to HomeKit is by pretending the Thinking Cleaner is a switch: turn on to start cleaning and turn off to stop and dock. Note that you can't say Siri, start cleaning. as HomeKit doesn't support (robot) vacuum cleaners (yet)

License

The MIT License (MIT)

Copyright (c) 2016 Matthijs Logemann

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

  • Roomba is a trademark of iRobot Corporation
  • Thinking Cleaner is a product of Thinking Bits BV