Device manual

  1. Install the smpl app on your Homey Pro
  2. Insert two new CR2450 batteries in the smpl mini display
  3. Connect a smpl mini display device to your Homey Pro
  4. Create one or more display layouts
  5. Create flows to show display layouts on your smpl mini display

Installation

  1. Open the Homey app on your mobile device and select the ‘app’ section under ‘more’ (…)
  2. Click on the ‘+’ sign in the upper right corner to install a new app
  3. Type ‘smpl’ in the search field and select install to download the smpl app on your Homey Pro
  1. Make sure you have installed the smpl app on your Homey Pro and that you have inserted new batteries in the smpl mini display
  2. Select the ‘device’ section in the bottom and click on the ‘+’ sign in the upper right corner to connect a new device to Homey
  3. Find and click the smpl app in your list
  4. Click on ‘mini display’ and follow the instructions on your mobile device as well as on the smpl mini display screen

The magnetic wall-mount consists of a front plate and a back frame. The back frame is either taped to the wall using adhesive tape (included) or fixed to the wall with screws (not included) using the designated screw holes. The back frame can be placed either landscape or portrait. Use the up-arrow symbols on the frame to guide mounting. After the back frame is securely mounted, the front plate with magnets on the back can be clicked on back frame. Now you can place the display in the wall-mount.

Set-up

  • The button on the back of the display has multiple functions: A long press (more than 3 seconds) will put the display in pairing mode, which is needed the first time you want to connect the smpl mini display to your Homey Pro. Or when you want to reconnect it again.
  • One click toggles orientation between portrait and landscape. The on-screen graphics adapts automatically.
  • Two clicks toggle theme between black/white (positive) and white/black (negative).
  • If you press the button three times you will get the service screen.

Three clicks on the button will toggle the service screen between device data and a short description of the button functions. The device data will show you an estimate of remaining battery, the unique device ID as well as the hardware and firmware versions. The last three values are fixed and cannot be changed.

  • You can choose to place the display standing alone on a surface in landscape orientation. The device is slightly thicker in one end to make it more stable. We have also tilted the screen a little to help avoid reflections in the front glass and to get a better upper viewing angle. Remember to click the button once until the graphics is in landscape orientation
  • You can also install the magnetic wall-mount either in portrait or landscape orientation to place your display vertically. Just place the display in the wall-mount and the magnets will hold it safely. We have created the wall-mount, so the screen is not tilted, when placed here. Remember to click the button once until the graphics fits the wall-mount orientation

To make sure the smpl mini display is updated as intended, it is important that it is initially installed and placed close to a router zigbee device. Most fixed powered (not battery-powered) zigbee devices attached to Homey acts as zigbee network connecters

Usage

  • You can show 1 to 4 different values from your Homey Pro installation at a time on a smpl mini display
    A set of values (1 to 4) is referred to as a display layout
  • You can create as many different display layouts as you want
  • Each value is defined as a sensor template and can show either data capabilities from any of your installed devices or data from the logic variables you have created
  • You can mix sensor templates using both device data and logic variables in your display layouts
  • Go to the smpl app in the ‘app’ section under ‘more’ (…)
  • Click on ‘configure app’ to open the app settings
  • Click on the ‘+’ sign in the top to create a new display layout
  • Give the display layout a short name which describes the specific data, the overall use-case etc.
  • Click each sensor template to select the data you wish to show on your display
  • Remember to click the red ‘save’ button
  • If you only chose 1 or 2 sensor templates, the text and graphics on the display will be bigger. If you chose 3 or 4 sensor templates, the text and graphics will be smaller
  • If you chose 3 sensor templates, the 4th slot will be ‘empty’. A tip is to use an ‘empty’ slot for time or date or a fixed text indicating the zone or room if you have multiple displays
  • Sensor templates are where you select which data to show, but also how it should be displayed
  • When you click on an empty sensor template you are prompted to select either devices or logic variables. The smpl app will automatically collect all your installed devices and their relevant capabilities as well as all the logic variables you have created
  • You can use the search bar in the top to find a specific device or variable. Devices are also sorted by zone
  • The potential values of both device capabilities and logic variables are either enum (characters), numeric (numbers) or Boolean (yes/no)
  • When you have selected a specific value – either device capability or logic variable – you will be able to change the description, the unit (short text/abbreviation after the value) and a visual icon
  • The unit is pre-defined in the device capabilities, but you can change it with a limitation of maximum 5 characters
  • The description will use the zone name as default, but it is possible to retrieve the corresponding device name automatically by clicking ‘use device name’. Either way it is also possible to write your own description. The description is limited to maximum 14 characters

The Recent Update Indicator is a small dot displayed after the unit, which will automatically indicate if the value has changed since the last update. Let us say that the update frequency for a room temperature is set to 5 minutes, but that the actual temperature has not changed during that time. Then the small dot (the recent update indicator) will not show

The Trend Indicator is a small upward or downward triangle displayed after the unit that will automatically indicate if numeric values are showing an increasing or decreasing trend

  • When you have created a display layout in the smpl app you need to create a Flow to push data to your display
  • To create a new Flow, choose the ‘+’ sign in the upper right corner under the ‘Flows’ menu. In the ‘when’ card choose ‘Flow’ and select ‘Flow is started’. Go to the ‘then’ card and choose ‘smpl’ and select a specific mini display. Then click ‘Set a display layout to’ and select a specific layout. Remember to save the Flow. Now data will start to show on your display
  • Using flows, it is easy to show different data on the same display. You can show a certain display layout in the morning and another in the afternoon, one in the summer and another in wintertime, a specific trigger-event can show a defined layout, or any other relevant conditions you have available in your Homey installation.
  • It could also be the other way around. You can show the same display layout (the same set of data) on multiple smpl mini displays in your home.
  • Keeping a battery powered screen device alive is a tough task. Our engineers have optimized both hardware and software to deliver as long battery lifetime as possible. You should expect several months of battery lifetime depending on your individual usage, the quality of your batteries and your Zigbee network. These will have a significant impact on the realized lifetime.
  • But we have also included some tricks to get as much battery life as possible:
  • You can change the update frequency of an entire display in the advanced section of device settings. The most frequent update and the default setting is once every minute. The least frequent update is once every 1440 minutes (24 hours). Consider changing the update frequency if values update less frequently or if you just want to prolong battery life. Remember to push the device button to force an update if you change back to a more frequent update (e.g., from 15 minutes to 1 minute) to avoid waiting a long time for the change.
  • You can also use the ‘Pause/Resume’ action cards in a flow to control updating your display, to save battery power. If you have enabled sleep and/or away mode in your Homey installation, it would make sense to avoid using battery power to update the display while everyone is asleep or away. You might also choose to avoid updating your display when a zone has been in-active for a certain period. Try to avoid heavy activity on your Zigbee network as well as memory intensive tasks on your Homey while your displays are in pause mode.
  • If your smpl mini display loses connection to your Homey, after a while an exclamation mark (!) icon will appear in the upper right corner of the screen. Lost connection is defined as five repeated unsuccessful attempts.
  • This is most often caused by your Zigbee network and will repair itself shortly after which the display will start updating again and the icon will disappear. The repair cycle is defined as three attempts to connect at 10-minute intervals, after which an attempt is made once an hour.
  • You can also try and force a reconnection by either pressing the back button once or removing the batteries and inserting them again.
  • If your smpl mini display loses connection and is unable to reconnect itself after countless attempts over a period, the lost connection icon (!) will be replaced by the standard connection screen (‘Please connect the device to your hub’).
  • Sometimes reconnection is smoother if you re-start the smpl app on your Homey. On rare occasions a re-start of your Homey is required.
  • Try to avoid very heavy activity on your Zigbee network as well as very memory intensive tasks on your Homey while your displays are in pause mode to maintain connection.

Need further assistance?

Smpl products is all about visualizing and interacting with data from smart homes via physical displays and other devices.

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VAT: 40172823

Copenhagen, Denmark