A young Android device doesn't become a man until Tasker has come along to usher it into adulthood and some developer has used it achieve greatness. In the case of watches with Android Wear, this doesn't even require much work, for all the ingredients are already in place. This YouTube video shows a wearer using his Samsung Gear Live to control his home using Tasker and a selection of AutoApps.

In the video, we see developer Doug Gregory operate his living room lamp by issuing voice commands to his Gear Live. Likewise, he swipes on the watch's display to toggle the lamp manually, with the background changing to show whether the light is on or off. Later in the clip, we see this same behavior in place for his garage door.

To make the magic happen, Gregory used the AutoVera, AutoVoice, and AutoNotification Tasker plugins, which already happen to work with Android Wear. To pass the voice command back to Android, he needed root access and the Xposed Google Search API module. On the hardware front, he used an HTC One, a Gear Live, and a few of his company's products - a DKC AutoVera Starter Pack with Vera Lite and two Z-Wave Modules, along with five NFC Tags.

Now we just need Google to cut down on the lag. Each command takes quite a deal of time to execute, and we wouldn't mind seeing the latency reduced to 1/10th of what it is now. In the meantime, I guess we'll wait.

Thanks, Doug.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • pallzoltan

    When he says OK Google in the beginning, it triggers Google search on my phone .(

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    • Clubber

      I trained OK Google everywhere. Seems to only recognize my voice on activation now.

      I had a couple friends try to activate it to no avail. Pretty neat.

      • Milind

        I have it trained for my voice as well. Doesn't make a difference. It kept stopping the video and starting Google Now on my Nexus 7. When my son says "OK Google", it opens Google Now on my other son's phone. This is a problem.

        Since you mentioned that you trained it, you must have enabled OK Google everywhere. I have deleted and re-branded it multiple times but it still doesn't work correctly.

    • andrew borrelli

      Haha same happened to me

    • senor_heisenberg

      Surprisingly, it didn't for me. There was a little toast popup that said something like "need to retrain voice command", or something like that, but when I said" OK, Google", it worked normally. So at least for me, it only triggers with my voice. I think, maybe.

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    • DOA

      I still don't understand:
      if a person has a SMARTPHONE to do everything, why does he/she need something else with 1" display to do what his/her SMARTPHONE can?

      Only really unique and DONE RIGHT watches will survive.

      watches for smartphone notifications/weather/Google Now/time are DOA. > S-M-A-R-T-P-H-O-N-E-S.

  • cool

    How does he get the dynamic picture of his living room as the background ?

    • Tony Byatt

      I'm guessing he has taken a picture of each action and it changes to those pictures as he gives commands...

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  • samuelmaskell

    I find it hard to take anyone seriously if they're going to use a stylus with a watch..

    • ShahinTr

      Demonstration purposes, to make viewing easy for you, the viewer.

  • Hai

    No longer will i have to throw my slipper into the switch hopping it will turn it on!

    Thanks devs.

  • black

    "Ok Google, toggle the toilet seat position."


  • mark boyle

    So it's not really the wear that does anything cool, it would be equally cool on a phone. The cool part is hooking up your lamp and garage door to a WiFi control. Other than checking messages I haven't found a reason to buy in to the android wear. From everything that I've seen, it seems like a redundant device.

    • James Mauger

      The thing that android wear has me really interested in is fewer times taking my phone out of my pocket to do simple things. Android Wear looks like it's going to deliver on that in a lot of areas so for me it seems pretty awesome. It is pretty redundant from the very start. Android Wear relies on a smartphone being there to really get anything done so it seems like what you're looking for is a full on android device on your wrist, radio and all.

      • GraveUypo

        the problem is strapping something permanently to your wrist just so you don't have to take your phone out of your pocket. i say it's more trouble than it saves. i might have been interested 20 years ago when i was a kid a wristwatches were cool.

  • mobilemann

    3rd time i've seen this article, i don't understand the fuss. I did this on iOS in 2010-2011 (when siri came out with siri proxy) and i do this on my phone now, with just tasker and autovoice. Obvious extension is obvious, but i guess it gets cool points for being all star trek. I have full home automation and this still doesn't make me want a smartwatch.

  • LeadTheLeader

    I think I'll be trying this tonight, something else to do with my phone
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