Windows notifications?


#1

Can anyone here think of (or know of) an easy way to create notifications on windows?

Similar to how a notification would look for an email in outlook, for example.

I’m going through various ways this could be done, but I don’t want to waste my time going down all these roads, in case someone here happens to know of a way to do this.

I’m currently using Echo Speaks to help remind me of things around the house…but a lot of times, I have headphones on and don’t hear the notification…and also, a lot of times my phone is on silent, so I wouldn’t see a text or email notification.

However, I would definitely see a windows desktop notification, because most of the time I’m working on my computer.

I’ve done some limited research, but I’ve been looking at the microsoft documentation on WNS to see how that works, to see if I could throw together a simple app that can do that for me. Or maybe push bullet…or maybe something as simple as emails, and rules to auto-delete the email? I dunno.


#2

I’ve never looked into it, but if you have an Android phone, the ‘Your Phone’ app on Windows is said to be able to show you your phone notifications. I don’t think it has that functionality with iPhone.


#3

Yeah, that’s sort of the route I was thinking of going. Push Bullet I believe does the same thing (though, I didn’t think of the Your Phone app, that would probably be better integrated with windows).

The only down side is there isn’t much options for configuration…That might be the direction I need to go at first, but I’m hoping eventually I can find something that is a little simpler.

I’d also be interested in looking into Chrome notifications…like how some websites ask if they can notify you. Perhaps there’s something there, maybe even a feature request from the WebCoRE team? That would be kinda cool to look into.


#4

Pushover has a Desktop app for alerts in various browsers. Haven’t used it but it might work.


#5

I am a big fan of Join(created by the same programmer as Tasker)
They have an Android version, a Windows version, and a Chrome plugin…
The downloads are found at the above link for $1 - $2 each. (One time fee)

This is an amazingly powerful software, that does so much more than just notifications in Windows.
(API access, file transfers, automations, Clipboard sharing between devices, variables passed between devices, Google Assistant, Google Drive, EventGhost, IFTTT etc)


Warning:

The first link above has two videos that may blow your mind…


#6

Alternatively, you can install an Android emulator (such as BlueStacks) on your PC, and then all normal PUSH notifications will show on your Windows desktop… As long as you:

  • Have the emulator running
  • Have installed SmartThings Classic
  • Are logged into SmartThings

This method can be quick and easy, but an emulator takes a lot more resources than Join, and you loose all of the advanced options mentioned in my previous post.


My vote is to use Join unless you have other reasons to keep an Android emulator running 24/7.


#7

Ahh, thanks, I completely forgot about Join. I had read about it a long time ago, but never had a use for it.


#8

Thanks for the suggestion!! Got it all working.

I’m using Join’s API call to make a web request from a piston to send notifications directly to my windows 10 desktop, it works great!

Now I’m getting all kinds of ideas for building a set of pistons for working directly with Join. Like functions you can use anywhere…like setting which devices you want to use, the text, the title, etc.

There goes doing anything productive this weekend :joy:


#9

Personally, I think your ideas are productive… but then again, I do this for a living, so I may be a bit biased, LOL