Not sure where the best place is for this so if this is wrong I apologize.
I recently got my PiCroft in AIY Kit V1 running well enough to be a daily driver. I’ve got Hue, Lifx and Wemo switches in the mix. I discovered none of these things can be shut off (or turned on) on a timer. Think “Hey Mycroft turn the lights off in 5 minutes.”
I’m sure this would have fairly limited uses but sometimes the assistant is across the room from the stairs and I need the light on to find the stairs but don’t want to yell(hyperbole) across the room late at night to get the lights off. “Hey Mycroft turn the lights off in 5 minutes.” (said at normal volume near the mycroft) would be ideal. I imagine folks with larger spaces to traverse before the lights go out would enjoy such a feature.
Maybe timers would be a higher level system thing that skills could reference somehow? I have some, but limited, experience with python and it seems like this would be fairly easy to implement in each device’s skill but allowing a central way to do this seems to make some sense to me.
I also had a friend test this with Hue on an Amazon Echo and it did not work there. This seems an oversight by the big boys and would be a nice little leg up for Mycroft to be able to do. Not really a system seller but lots of little advantages can often put a product over the top.
I’m not sure where to go from here. Go to each skill’s github and file an issue to request they add this? Something else? Thanks for taking the time to have a look and consider this feature.