Sleepy Weim

ActionTiles: Picture Tiles that Change

One of the big things I was excited to do with ActionTiles was display photos. I have a huge folder of thousands of pictures organized on my local Synology that I also sync to Google Drive. Unfortunately, the options for trying to show rotating photos in ActionTiles was lacking (no offense guys!). After playing around with ActionTiles itself for a bit, I realized I could have a Media Tile with a URL that points at

ActionTiles: Countdown Image

My wife and I are big fans of trips and going on various adventures. While I was looking for things I could do with ActionTiles, I realized writing a script that would calculate the countdown to our various trips would be fun and useful. As always, ActionTiles needs anything you want to load in a media tile to be an image, so I had to look into how I could create a new image, write

ActionTiles: Show Local Weather

After I had played with some of the basics of getting tiles in place to control my smart lighting (Philips Hue), I wanted to get some more dynamic content. I wanted pictures and changing tiles and cool looking things to impress, but also to be useful. Reading through the forums, I found that people had copied links from their local news stations for weather imagery.

ActionTiles and Scripting

I’m writing this mostly for me, but obviously by putting this up here, I’m also writing it for you. A couple of friends turned me onto ActionTiles for home automation and use on a tablet, but it took a bit for me to spin it up to a point I was happy with.