Alexa Smart Home: actual support for devices which are traditionally controlled by up/down or open/close switches
If you want to add the ability to, for example, control blinds in your smart home skill, the only option you have is the Alexa.PercentageController Interface.
This leaves you with the option to control your blinds by saying something like: "Alexa, set blinds to sixty". This feels very unnatural in our opinion. Wouldn't it be much more convenient to control such devices by saying: "Alexa, open/close blinds"? An optional "Alexa, stop" utterance could then interrupt the process.
Mark Heaton commented
I see this is now added - with the latest Semantics on the Mode Controller. However, it would be great if this also included a STOP command so you can RAISE, LOWER or STOP.
My home Hardware also handles a Shutter toggle
Sends a command to switch between opening and closing the the curtain, shutter or blind as well as stopping the operation of the curtain, shutter, or blind motor.
Shutter open toggle
Sends a command to fully open the curtain, shutter or blind. When toggled from an open shutter operation, the macro function sends a stop shutter motor command.
Shutter close toggle
Sends a command to fully close the curtain, shutter or blind. When toggled from an open shutter operation, the macro function sends a stop shutter motor command.
Sends a command to open the curtain, shutter or blind.
Sends a command to close the curtain, shutter or blind.
Sends a command to stop the operation of the curtain, shutter or blind motor.
iBricks Solutions commented
This is very much needed! please make this possible as soon as possible
Nick Madge commented
This is basic conversational functionality - I can't understand how this hasn't been made available yet. The community have been asking for this for 2 years+ !
If a "WindowShadeController"-like skill is added, raise and lower would also be nice commands to have.