I am the smart home tinkerer of my family and usually I’m happy with all the information I get and the ways I can check if things are working properly.
But the problem is that the rest of the family usually doesn’t. Because they don’t install all the apps and are not interested in learning all technical details.
So I’m looking for an easy way to let everyone in the family know if something might need attention. Like Tado (which controls my heating) switching to “away” mode in error.
I have a LaMetric clock at home that I can use to display short messages. But it’s very limited in terms of display size and number of messages being displayed.
Does anyone have a good idea how to get something like an extended LaMetric-style display?
- reusing an old phone/tablet with an app where I can send messages to via webhooks?
- Some hardware that can do what I like?
One way to do this might be a Apilio hosted status page that I show permanently on an old tablet or e-ink screen…