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IFTTT/Alexa Skill - How much water is there

It would be good if via Alexa skill or IFTTT I could find out how much water is in the kettle rather than having to get the app out.

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    Jayson Official comment

    Hi Aaron, 

    Thanks for the request! 

    It is a limitation of the Alexa skill that she can not report on water levels, unfortunately. 

    We are hoping Amazon will improve this in the future and allow for water level reporting. :) 

    Best wishes, 

    Emma

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    Gareth

    Hi,

     

    How would you like water level to work with IFTTT? A trigger for level below a particular level or something?

     

    Both Alexa and Google Assistant employ schemes for particular Smart Home device types. In order to be able to set and get temperature, we treat the kettle as a “thermostat’, as they didn’t understand the concept of a ‘kettle’. Now Google does, but neither allow ‘water level’ to be interrogated yet. We put pressure on Amazon and Google to allow us to respond to these requests, maybe you can help too!

    Thanks,

    Gareth

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    Tommy Wareing

    Take the water level as a percentage of the kettle capacity, and report it as a temperature, in 0 to 100 range, and then we can write our own temperature triggers against it.

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    Gareth

    Liking your thinking :-)

     

    Unfortunately we already use the temperature for getting the current temperature. We treat the temperature as a thermostat to allow us to do that, otherwise we'd have to categorise the kettle as a 'switch' or 'outlet' in which case we'd only be able to offer on and off.

    Google have given us a specific kettle 'schema' but haven't added in water level requests yet - they have to implement this in a lot of different languages so hence the delay I suppose. 

    It is possible we could hijack the use of something else for water level in the meantime - we'll give it some thought. One of the hurdles though is then getting this past their certification...

    Cheers,

     

    Gareth

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    Steve Ranaghan

    I agree you need to get the ifttt or Google assistant to tell the water level. Otherwise the boil command is pointless, cos you still need to use the app to check. You need to put pressure on then

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    Martin Kardell

    Any news on this? It should be possible to add this functionality to IFTTT? A trigger for water level below a certain threshold sounds like a good start.

    Edited by Martin Kardell
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