We have problem where the mud room door doesn’t always get closed properly here. So, I’ve been interested in solving a problem like this for a while now. I read these clever approaches and came up with this approximately right behavior now that Alexa can do a custom behaviors:
Have Wyze sensor trigger an Alexa routine when door opens. Add a Custom action at the bottom and type something like:
Remind everyone in one minute “Close mudroom door”
Save it. Then create another routine that is triggered when the door closes that runs another custom action:
Cancel reminder for “Close mudroom door”
I say this is approximately right because Alexa provides some voice feedback confirming the creating and cancelling the reminder. Enabling Do Not Disturb for 5 seconds doesn’t seem to suppress the voice feedback. So we’re almost there, but not quite. Really, Alexa needs to handle this similar to the way motion detection is handled and we would need to construct such silly workarounds. I direct the cancel output to an Alexa no one would hear in the basement. I could probably send it to my phone, since I wouldn’t care.
Anyway inching closer what we want with Alexa only.