Home Automation with Amazon Echo + HA Bridge

2017-06-26_030747

Hi guys, today my sharing is how to build a HA system with Amazon Echo, Google Home, HA Bridge and Raspberry Pi 3

Brief introduction
HA Bridge emulate Phillips Hue so that Google Home and Amazon Echo can recognized any devices that is not yet supported by Google Home and Amazon Echo.

Google Home and Amazon Echo used as voice assistant to control devices created in HA Bridge and Home Assistant.

This sharing consists of 5 sections.

  1. Install HA Bridge
  2. Adding Vera/Vera Edge to HA Bridge
  3. Add customize device/scene
  4. Voice Assistant with Amazon Echo
  5. Voice Assistant with Google Home (No longer supported due to Google change the pairing method)

Section 1 Install HA Bridge.

  • Before start, make sure update Raspberry Pi to latest
    $ sudo su
    # apt-get update
    # apt-get upgrade -y
  • On your Raspberry Pi, navigate to /home/pi
    # cd /home/pi
  • Make and habridge folder
    # mkdir habridge
  • Change your folder and download ha-bridge jar files
    # cd habridge
    # wget https://github.com/bwssytems/ha-bridge/releases/download/v3.5.1/ha-bridge-3.5.1.jar
  • Create the systemd service file
    # nano habridge.service
  • Copy and paste the following
    [Unit]
    Description=HA Bridge
    Wants=network.target
    After=network.target
    [Service]
    Type=simple
    ExecStart=/usr/bin/java -jar -Dconfig.file=/home/pi/habridge/data/habridge.config /home/pi/habridge/ha-bridge-3.5.1.jar
    [Install]
    WantedBy=multi-user.target
  • Save the file by hit CTRL-X, then hit Y and ENTER key.
  • Install Java 8 SDK
    # apt-get update && sudo apt-get install oracle-java8-jdk
    # update-alternatives ––config java

    and select the JDK 8 version (/usr/lib/jvm/jdk-8-oracle-arm32-vfp-hflt/jre/bin/java).
    Then run below to check Java 8 SDK is successfully install.
    # java -version
    java version “1.8.0_65”
    Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_65-b17)
    Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (build 25.65-b01, mixed mode)
  • Following by enable the systemd service so that service will auto start every time Raspberry Pi reboot.
    # sudo systemctl enable /home/pi/habridge/habridge.service
  • The service is now enabled, to run it just type:
    systemctl start habridge
  • The default port for HA Bridge is 80, you can now access from your browser :
    http://you-habridge-ip
    Here you go your first HA Bridge
    HA01
    Special Thanks
    HA Bridge contribute by bwssytems (Github), and guide by BarryHampants 

Section 2 Adding Vera/Vera Edge into HA Bridge

  • If you have Vera/Vera Edge you can now add them into HA Bridge so that Google Home and Amazon Echo can control them.
  • Click “Bridge Control” from HA Bridge tab
  • Supply Name(can be any name), IP of your Vera and click “Add” button to add
    HA02
  • Click “Save” button and the system will automatically reload the settings
    HA03
  • Click “Vera Devices”, now you can list of scene and controller listed. Click “Build item” on any device you with to add into voice assistant
    HA20
  • Click “Add Bridge Device” to confirm add
    HA21
  • You can now try turn on/off the device or scene you just add by click the “Test ON” or “Test Off” button

    HA22.png

    Section 3 Add customize device/scene

    Let say I have other device can be trigger using HTTP request, I can create from “Add/Edit” tab

  • Click “Add/Edit” tab, supply the following information, the following is example how to trigger device on/off from Fibaro HC2 using HTTP
    Name: Kitchen Light
    On Items:
       Type-> HTTP Device
       Target Item:  http://{username}:{password}@{Fibaro_IP}/api/callAction?deviceID={device_ID}&name=turnOn
    P/S: Once done click “Add” to confirm add “On” action
    Off Items:
       Type-> HTTP Device
       Target Item:  http://{username}:{password}@{Fibaro_IP}/api/callAction?deviceID={device_ID}&name=turnOff
    P/S: Once done click “Add” to confirm add “Off” action
  • Finally click “Add Bridge Device” to confirm add device, below is the final result. I can now trigger Kitchen light On/Off.HA25.png

    Section 4 Voice Assistant with Amazon Echo

  • Discover your newly added device by speak to Amazon Echo
    “Alexa, discover device”,
  • To view your newly discovery devices/Scenes, login to Echo by click “My Echo” on top of menu
  • Click “Smart Home”->”Devices”, you shall see the scene/device added into Echo.
    HA07
  • Command Alexa by say “Alexa, turn on Kitchen Light”

17 thoughts on “Home Automation with Amazon Echo + HA Bridge

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  2. I just Googled my question and found your answer was posted yesterday. It’s exactly what I was looking for. Thank you for your presentation.

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  3. I ran into the first problem. With the latest June 2017 Jessie, oracle-java8-jdk is already installed. However, “update-alternatives –config java” fails with the error message “update-alternatives: error: unknown argument `–config'”

    Since I didn’t get that far, I hope that “select the JDK 8 version (/usr/lib/jvm/jdk-8-oracle-arm32-vfp-hflt/jre/bin/java)” becomes clear when it appears. Right now, “java-version” gives all the expected results, as shown in your instructions. So, maybe Java 8 SDK is already installed correctly.

    Thinking that Java 8 SDK might be installed correctly, I tried continuing, but the next problem is trying to run “systemctl start habridge.” I get the error “Failed to start habridge.service: Unit habridge.service failed to load: Invalid argument. See system logs and ‘systemctl status habridge.service’ for details.” I tried rebooting, but again it failed, trying it both as sudo and user.

    Entering “systemctl status habridge.service” gives:
    habridge.service – HA Bridge
    Loaded: error (Reason: Invalid argument)
    Active: inactive (dead)

    And, of course, “dead” likely explains why http://you-habridge-ip can’t be found, unless I am so brain dead to not realize you mean the Rasperry Pi’s URL and port 80, (192.168.1.14:80) which also fails, due to being dead.

    I used cut and paste for all the commands, so it’s not a matter of my usual misspellings.

    Also, it is really OK to install everything using “sudo su?” I know that’s easier than typing sudo so much. But I am merely a user of Linux, and not an expert, and I’ve seen warnings in the past saying installing some programs, directories, files & folders as SU can cause problems when you try to use them as a regular user.

    Thanks for any assistance you might be able to provide.

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    • Hi John, have you run this command ?
      sudo systemctl enable /home/pi/habridge/habridge.service

      is okay not do sudo su, what you need to do is every command you run, in front type sudo. let me know if this help

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  4. I was able to install and start HA Bridge. But, as seems to always be the case, no one set of instructions gives a working version. Bits of each one I find are necessary to finally get it working.

    I wondered about a referenced data file, which didn’t exist, and BarryHampants says we should create one. “sudo mkdir data” in the folder habridge. This is where the file habridge.config gets written to.

    The bwssystems GitHub page is where I found most of the needed instructions.

    It says to install ha-bridge-4.5.6 and we have already installed 4.3.1. Rather than installing another version (which I will probably do later anyhow), I stayed with 4.3.1, just to see if I could get anything working.

    I followed all the instructions under “Automation on Linux Systems” other than downloading 4.5.6

    In the “Basic script setup to run the bridge on a pi” section, I followed those instructions, other than changing 4.5.6 to 4.3.1, and everything worked. My HA-Bridge web page popped right up.

    ————

    Minor: Your instructions include “sudo systemctl enable /home/pi/habridge/habridge.service” but, since we are already in su mode, sudo is not needed.

    Minor: There is a typo in your instructions. “update-alternatives -config java” should be “update-alternatives –config java”. Barry also mentions that Java has to be installed only if it doesn’t already exist, and it exists on the latest June 2017 Jessie.

    There is another error in your instructions. “http://you-habridge-ip” should be “http://[your-ip-address]:80” Also :80 is not needed, as that is the default port for web pages. The browsers I use just strip it out, and testing showed it isn’t necessary.

    Thanks for your help so far, and now I will go through the rest of the instructions.

    As the professor in my first Electrical Engineering class said, “If it doesn’t work the first time, you are indeed fortunate. That’s because now you will learn more about it than you could any other way.”

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      • Your web site turns double-dashes into a long single dash. So it has to be [dash][dash][config.java]. Copying from your web site just gives [dash][config.java]. Your web page auto-formats when, in this case, you don’t want it to.

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  5. It would be easier to understand if you were in the printing industry. As it is, when copying from a text editor to your web site, your web site formats the code as a typesetter would, meaning a double dash gets automatically turned into a long single dash. Unfortunately, copying from a formatted web page text means the single dash on your web site stays as a single dash when copied to a text editor, or IDE.

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    • yes, so what you need to do is click the “Pair” on the website’s lower right corner to start pairing, in this step no action need on Philips physical Hue bridge.

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    • yes, so what you need to do is click the “Pair” on the website’s lower right corner to start pairing, in this step no action need on Philips physical Hue bridge.

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