Eclipse SmartHome has a strict separation between the physical world (the “things”, see below) and the application, which is built around the notion of “items” (also called the virtual layer).
Items represent functionality that is used by the application (mainly user interfaces or automation logic). Items have a state and are used through events.
The following item types are currently available (alphabetical order):
|Item Name||Description||Command Types|
|Color||Color information (RGB)||OnOff, IncreaseDecrease, Percent, HSB|
|Contact||Item storing status of e.g. door/window contacts||OpenClose|
|DateTime||Stores date and time||-|
|Dimmer||Item carrying a percentage value for dimmers||OnOff, IncreaseDecrease, Percent|
|Group||Item to nest other items / collect them in groups||-|
|Image||Holds the binary data of an image||-|
|Location||Stores GPS coordinates||Point|
|Number||Stores values in number format||Decimal|
|Player||Allows to control players (e.g. audio players)||PlayPause, NextPrevious, RewindFastforward|
|Rollershutter||Typically used for blinds||UpDown, StopMove, Percent|
|Switch||Typically used for lights (on/off)||OnOff|
Group Items can derive their own state depending on their member items.
- AVG displays the average of the item states in the group.
- OR displays an OR of the group, typically used to display whether any item in a group has been set.
- other aggregations: AND, SUM, MIN, MAX, NAND, NOR
State and Command Type Formatting
StringType objects store a simple Java String.
DateTimeType objects are parsed using Java’s
SimpleDateFormat.parse() using the first matching pattern:
PercentType objects use Java’s
BigDecimal constructor for conversion.
PercentType values range from 0 to 100.
HSB string values consist of three comma-separated values for hue (0-360°), saturation (0-100%), and value (0-100%) respectively, e.g.
240,100,100 for blue.
PointType strings consist of three
DecimalTypes separated by commas, indicating latitude and longitude in degrees, and altitude in meters respectively.
A note on items which accept multiple state data types
There are a number of items which accept multiple state data types, for example
DimmerItem, which accepts
RollershutterItem, which accepts
ColorItem, which accepts
Since an item has a SINGLE state, these multiple data types can be considered different views to this state.
The data type carrying the most information about the state is usually used to keep the internal state for the item, and other datatypes are converted from this main data type.
This main data type is normally the first element in the list returned by
Here is a short table demonstrating conversions for the examples above:
|Item Name||Main Data Type||Additional Data Types Conversions|