Friday, August 2, 2013

[Tasker] Extreme battery saving profile

The battery life of an android phone is not impressive and we got used to charge our phones every day. Nevertheless it can happen that one finds himself in a situation with no charger in reach and no battery left. This profile will help you to avoid this situation. This profile will fire when your battery level will drop under 8% automatically. It is a drastic step, think twice before using it.
This task will:
  • Put your phone into flight mode (I warned you, drastical steps ;)
  • Set the display brightness to deep Darth Vader like darkness
Yes, you won't be reachable. But you can switch off the flight mode whenever you wish and still send or receive the important messages you would miss otherwise. In my opinion it's better then finding your phone completely drained without any options left. The phone should last minimum another hour in this mode.
You will need:

This is what my profile looks like:
Profile: Extreme battery save (28)
     State: Battery Level [ From:0 To:8 ]
Enter: Extreme battery save (3)
     A1: Auto Brightness [ Set:Off ]
     A2: Display Brightness [ Level:0 Disable Safeguard:Off Ignore Current Level:Off Immediate Effect:On ]
     A3: Load App [ App:Screen Filter Data: Exclude From Recent Apps:Off ]
     A4: Airplane Mode [ Set:On ]
     A5: Notify LED [ Title:Battery low Text:Battery under %BATT percent!
          Will switch to battery saving mode. Icon:ipack:crystalhd:cache Number:%BATT Colour:Red Rate:1000 Priority:3 ]
     A6: Zoom Visibility [ Element:Extreme battery save.w / StateON Set:On ]

The normal mode profile could look like this and be activated when a power source is connected:
Profile: Power source connected (11)
     State: Power [ Source:Any ]
Enter: Energy save (17)
     B1: Notify Cancel [ Title:Battery low Warn Not Exist:Off ]
     B2: Airplane Mode [ Set:Off ]
     B3: Display Brightness [ Level:128 Disable Safeguard:Off Ignore Current Level:Off Immediate Effect:On ]
     B4: Auto Brightness [ Set:On ]
     B5: Zoom Visibility [ Element:Extreme battery save.w / StateON Set:Off ]
     B6: Run Shell [ Command:am force-stop com.haxor Timeout (Seconds):0 Use Root:On Store Output In: Store Errors In: Store Result In: ]

The line B6 kills the screen filter app if it is running and will do nothing if it's not running. To create it go to Script -> Run shell -> and enter the command am force-stop com.haxor :) The downside of this powerful command is, it needs root. Maybe you can get the same result by setting up the action App -> Kill App -> Screen filter. No guarantee on this.
You should have problems with creating lines A6 and B5 yet, as there is no Zoom widget yet. So... stay with me after the commercial break....

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Off
Again there is a widget to switch this on and off from the home screen dynamically.
My widget looks like this, you will need two icon packs and the app Zoom to get the same result:

More information on Zoom and how to setup cool widgets can be found on google and here.
Import my Zoom profile by saving the following file as "Extreme_battery_save.w.ztl.xml" under sdcard/Zoom/templates. Then open Zoom and press menu key -> Browse Templates -> Import Directory -> Extreme_battery_save.w.ztl.xml. Now create this Zoom 1x1 widget on your home screen.
<class name="Template" index="">
 <backColour>#00000000</backColour>
 <borderColour>#FFFFFFFF</borderColour>
 <borderWidth>0</borderWidth>
 <cellData>180,187,0,0;186,130,0,0</cellData>
 <cellsHigh>1</cellsHigh>
 <cellsWide>1</cellsWide>
 <marginWidth>4</marginWidth>
 <name>Extreme battery save.w</name>
 <class name="Element" index="elements0">
  <elementType>Image</elementType>
  <heightLand>199</heightLand>
  <heightPort>178</heightPort>
  <name>StateOFF1</name>
  <visible>true</visible>
  <widthLand>159</widthLand>
  <widthPort>159</widthPort>
  <xLand>0</xLand>
  <xPort>0</xPort>
  <yLand>0</yLand>
  <yPort>0</yPort>
  <class name="ImageElement" index="state0">
   <alpha>255</alpha>
   <stateName></stateName>
   <uri>ipack://net.dinglisch.android.ipack.transparentglasshd/lightning2_sc48</uri>
  </class>
 </class>
 <class name="Element" index="elements1">
  <elementType>Image</elementType>
  <heightLand>199</heightLand>
  <heightPort>178</heightPort>
  <name>StateOFF</name>
  <visible>true</visible>
  <widthLand>159</widthLand>
  <widthPort>159</widthPort>
  <xLand>0</xLand>
  <xPort>0</xPort>
  <yLand>0</yLand>
  <yPort>0</yPort>
  <class name="ImageElement" index="state0">
   <alpha>255</alpha>
   <stateName></stateName>
   <uri>ipack://net.dinglisch.android.ipack.transparentglasshd/lightning2_sc48</uri>
   <class name="TaskAction" index="onClick0">
    <name>Extreme battery save</name>
   </class>
  </class>
 </class>
 <class name="Element" index="elements2">
  <elementType>Image</elementType>
  <heightLand>199</heightLand>
  <heightPort>178</heightPort>
  <name>StateON</name>
  <visible>false</visible>
  <widthLand>159</widthLand>
  <widthPort>159</widthPort>
  <xLand>0</xLand>
  <xPort>0</xPort>
  <yLand>0</yLand>
  <yPort>0</yPort>
  <class name="ImageElement" index="state0">
   <alpha>200</alpha>
   <stateName></stateName>
   <uri>ipack://net.dinglisch.android.ipack.crystalhd/cache</uri>
   <class name="TaskAction" index="onClick0">
    <name>Energy save</name>
   </class>
  </class>
 </class>
</class>

[Tasker] How to force a loud alarm on SMS / emergency SMS

If an SMS which contains (notice the "*") the text WAKEUP! comes in, your phone will alert you - no matter what. It's pretty hard to turn this alert off too ^^", you will have to stop the task.

The profile description:
Profile: Emergency SMS (72)
 Event: Received Text [ Type:Any Sender:* Content:*WAKEUP!* ]
Enter: Alarm! (71)
 Run Both Together
 A1: Play Ringtone [ Type:Alarm Sound:Ticktac alarm Stream:4 ]

Please notice the type when selecting the ringtone, the stream must be set to Alarm. Here the same as a profile to import directly:
<TaskerData sr="" dvi="1" tv="4.1u3m">
 <Profile sr="prof72" ve="2">
  <cdate>1353613002541</cdate>
  <clp>true</clp>
  <edate>1375490668033</edate>
  <id>72</id>
  <mid0>71</mid0>
  <nme>Emergency SMS</nme>
  <Event sr="con0" ve="2">
   <code>7</code>
   <pri>0</pri>
   <Int sr="arg0" val="0"/>
   <Str sr="arg1" ve="3"/>
   <Str sr="arg2" ve="3">WAKEUP!</Str>
  </Event>
 </Profile>
 <Task sr="task71">
  <cdate>1353612708197</cdate>
  <edate>1374917997002</edate>
  <id>71</id>
  <nme>Alarm!</nme>
  <pri>10</pri>
  <rty>2</rty>
  <Action sr="act0" ve="3">
   <code>192</code>
   <Int sr="arg0" val="0"/>
   <Str sr="arg1" ve="3">Ticktac alarm</Str>
   <Int sr="arg2" val="4"/>
  </Action>
 </Task>
</TaskerData>

[Tasker] Take pictures of intruders and send them per mail silently

This script will detect when someone enters the wrong unlock code or swipes the wrong pattern and sends a picture to an E-Mail address in the background, silently.
For some reason it works better with long patterns and even better with long pin codes. I don't know why. If you know it, let me know :)

Let's start, please get:
  • Tasker
  • Secure Settings (To setup a profile in Tasker which detects wrong unlock codes)
  • Python for Android (To run python code)
  • SL4A (To run the python script from Tasker)
  • The python script "SendEmailA.py" from the Tasker Wiki. (Send an E-Mails silently)
  • GoogleMail address
Open the Python for Android application, make sure it is not Python3. Press install button to install the Python runtime environment.
Open SL4A and run the "hello_world.py" script by tapping on it and selecting the leftmost terminal icon. Congratulations, you successfully installed Python and can run Python scripts from Tasker!

Here is my "SendEmailA.py" script. It has a small modification to the original file which is marked in red.
import os
import glob
import mimetypes 
from email import encoders
from email.mime.audio import MIMEAudio
from email.mime.base import MIMEBase
from email.mime.image import MIMEImage
from email.mime.multipart import MIMEMultipart
from email.mime.text import MIMEText

def attach_files(msg, attachements):
  for attachment in attachments:
    attachment = attachment.strip()
    for path in glob.glob(attachment):
      filename = os.path.basename(path)
      if not os.path.isfile(path):
        continue
      # Guess the content type based on the file's extension.  Encoding
      # will be ignored, although we should check for simple things like
      # gzip'd or compressed files.
      ctype, encoding = mimetypes.guess_type(path)
      if ctype is None or encoding is not None:
        # No guess could be made, or the file is encoded (compressed), so
        # use a generic bag-of-bits type.
        ctype = 'application/octet-stream'
      maintype, subtype = ctype.split('/', 1)
      if maintype == 'text':
        fp = open(path)
        # Note: we should handle calculating the charset
        part = MIMEText(fp.read(), _subtype=subtype)
        fp.close()
      elif maintype == 'image':
        fp = open(path, 'rb')
        part = MIMEImage(fp.read(), _subtype=subtype)
        fp.close()
      elif maintype == 'audio':
        fp = open(path, 'rb')
        part = MIMEAudio(fp.read(), _subtype=subtype)
        fp.close()
      else:
        fp = open(path, 'rb')
        part = MIMEBase(maintype, subtype)
        part.set_payload(fp.read())
        fp.close()
        # Encode the payload using Base64
        encoders.encode_base64(part)
      # Set the filename parameter
      part.add_header('Content-Disposition', 'attachment', filename=filename)
      msg.attach(part)

def sendemail(email_name, email_user, email_pswd, mailto, subject, body, attachments):
  import smtplib

  # DON'T CHANGE THIS!
  # ...unless you're rewriting this script for your own SMTP server!
  smtp_server = 'smtp.gmail.com'
  smtp_port = 587

  # Build an SMTP compatible message
  msg = MIMEMultipart()
  msg['Subject'] = subject
  msg['To'] = mailto
  msg['From'] = email_name + " <" + email_user + ">"
  msg.attach(MIMEText(body, 'plain'))
  attach_files(msg, attachments)

  # Attempt to connect and send the email
  try:
    smtpObj = '' # Declare within this block.
    # Check for SMTP over SSL by port number and connect accordingly
    if( smtp_port == 465):
      smtpObj = smtplib.SMTP_SSL(smtp_server,smtp_port)
    else:
      smtpObj = smtplib.SMTP(smtp_server,smtp_port)
    smtpObj.ehlo()
    # StartTLS if using the default TLS port number
    if(smtp_port == 587):
      smtpObj.starttls()
      smtpObj.ehlo
    # Login, send and close the connection.
    smtpObj.login(email_user, email_pswd)
    smtpObj.sendmail(email_user, mailto, msg.as_string())
    smtpObj.close()
    return 1  # Return 1 to denote success!
  except Exception, err:
    # Print error and return 0 on failure.
    print err
    return 0

import sys
import android

droid = android.Android()

try:
  email_name = droid.getIntent().result[u'extras'][u'%EMAIL_NAME']
except:
  email_name = ''
  
try:
  email_user = droid.getIntent().result[u'extras'][u'%EMAIL_USER']
except:
  droid.makeToast('EMAIL_USER missing')
  sys.exit(1)
  
try:
  email_pswd = droid.getIntent().result[u'extras'][u'%mailp']
except:
  droid.makeToast('EMAIL_PSWD missing')
  sys.exit(1)
  
try:
  mailto = droid.getIntent().result[u'extras'][u'%EMAIL_TO']
except:
  droid.makeToast('EMAIL_TO missing')
  sys.exit(1)
  
try:
  subject = droid.getIntent().result[u'extras'][u'%EMAIL_SUBJECT']
except:
  subject = ''
  
try:
  body = droid.getIntent().result[u'extras'][u'%EMAIL_BODY']
except:
  body = ''
  
try:
  attachments = droid.getIntent().result[u'extras'][u'%EMAIL_ATTACH']
  attachments = attachments.split(',')
except:
  attachments = ''

# Send email 
if (sendemail(email_name, email_user, email_pswd, mailto, subject, body, attachments)):
  sys.exit(0)
else:
  # Exit with error if email is not sent successfully
  droid.makeToast('email failed')
  sys.exit(1)


Save this file to your internal SDCard in the SL4A scripts folder (f.e. SDCard\SL4A\Scripts).

The preparation is done, lets go to Tasker. Create a new profile name it "Security Glitch" or something less obvious. Goto State -> Plugin -> Secure Settings. Click on the Edit field near configuration and select the condition "Failed Login Attempts". Type in a low number, like two. Enable "Device Admin". Read and accept the dialog. Click on save in the lower left corner. Hit the back button and create a new Task, name it "Cheeeese" or similar.
Here is my Cheeeese task:
Cheeeeese (45)
 Stay Awake
 A1: Vibrate [ Time:200 ]
 A2: Mobile Data [ Set:On ]
 A3: WiFi [ Set:On ]
 A4: Variable Add [ Name:%PHOTONUMBER Value:1 Wrap Around:0 ]
 A5: Take Photo [ Camera:Front Filename:%PHOTONUMBER Naming Sequence:None Insert In Gallery:Off Discreet:On Resolution:320x240 Scene Mode:Auto White Balance:Auto Flash Mode:Auto ]
 A6: Wait [ MS:0 Seconds:3 Minutes:0 Hours:0 Days:0 ]
 A7: Load Image [ Source:/sdcard/DCIM/Tasker/%PHOTONUMBER.jpg ]
 A8: Rotate Image [ Direction:Right Degrees:90 ]
 A9: Save Image [ File:/sdcard/DCIM/Tasker/%PHOTONUMBER.jpg Image Quality:70 Delete From Memory After:On ]
 A10: Wait [ MS:0 Seconds:2 Minutes:0 Hours:0 Days:0 ]
 A11: Variable Set [ Name:%EMAIL_USER To:mygooglename@gmail.com Do Maths:Off Append:Off ]
 A12: Variable Set [ Name:%EMAIL_P To:MyCleartextPassword Do Maths:Off Append:Off ]
 A13: Variable Convert [ Name:%EMAIL_P Function:Base64 Encode Store Result In:%EMAIL_P ]
 A13: Variable Convert [ Name:%EMAIL_P Function:Base64 Decode Store Result In:%mailp ]
 A14: Variable Set [ Name:%EMAIL_TO To:myemailtosendto@domain.com Do Maths:Off Append:Off ]
 A15: Variable Set [ Name:%EMAIL_ATTACH To:/sdcard/DCIM/Tasker/%PHOTONUMBER.jpg Do Maths:Off Append:Off ]
 A16: Run SL4A Script [ Name:SendEmailA.py Terminal:Off Pass Variables:%EMAIL_USER,%mailp,%EMAIL_TO,%EMAIL_ATTACH Continue Task After Error:On ]
 A17: Vibrate [ Time:616 ]

And here you can see the profile as an xml to directly import into Tasker, save it as SecurityGlitch.prf.xml.
<TaskerData sr="" dvi="1" tv="4.1u3m">
<Profile sr="prof44" ve="2">
<cdate>1353285745747</cdate>
<edate>1376868760042</edate>
<flags>1</flags>
<id>44</id>
<mid0>45</mid0>
<nme>Security Glitch</nme>
<pri>10</pri>
<State sr="con0">
<code>11820</code>
<Bundle sr="arg0">
<Vals sr="val">
<com.intangibleobject.securesettings.plugin.extra.BLURB>Failed Login Attempts - Max: 2</com.intangibleobject.securesettings.plugin.extra.BLURB>
<com.intangibleobject.securesettings.plugin.extra.BLURB-type>java.lang.String</com.intangibleobject.securesettings.plugin.extra.BLURB-type>
<com.intangibleobject.securesettings.plugin.extra.MAX_LOGIN_FAILURES>2</com.intangibleobject.securesettings.plugin.extra.MAX_LOGIN_FAILURES>
<com.intangibleobject.securesettings.plugin.extra.MAX_LOGIN_FAILURES-type>java.lang.Integer</com.intangibleobject.securesettings.plugin.extra.MAX_LOGIN_FAILURES-type>
<com.intangibleobject.securesettings.plugin.extra.SETTING>max_failed_pass_attempts</com.intangibleobject.securesettings.plugin.extra.SETTING>
<com.intangibleobject.securesettings.plugin.extra.SETTING-type>java.lang.String</com.intangibleobject.securesettings.plugin.extra.SETTING-type>
<com.twofortyfouram.locale.intent.extra.BLURB>Failed Login Attempts - Max: 2</com.twofortyfouram.locale.intent.extra.BLURB>
<com.twofortyfouram.locale.intent.extra.BLURB-type>java.lang.String</com.twofortyfouram.locale.intent.extra.BLURB-type>
<net.dinglisch.android.tasker.subbundled>true</net.dinglisch.android.tasker.subbundled>
<net.dinglisch.android.tasker.subbundled-type>java.lang.Boolean</net.dinglisch.android.tasker.subbundled-type>
</Vals>
</Bundle>
<Str sr="arg1" ve="3">com.intangibleobject.securesettings.plugin</Str>
<Str sr="arg2" ve="3">Secure Settings</Str>
</State>
</Profile>
<Task sr="task45">
<cdate>1353285761891</cdate>
<edate>1375520404009</edate>
<id>45</id>
<nme>Cheeeeese</nme>
<pri>10</pri>
<stayawake>true</stayawake>
<Action sr="act0" ve="3">
<code>61</code>
<on>false</on>
<Int sr="arg0" val="200"/>
</Action>
<Action sr="act1" ve="3">
<code>433</code>
<Int sr="arg0" val="1"/>
</Action>
<Action sr="act10" ve="3">
<code>547</code>
<Str sr="arg0" ve="3">%EMAIL_USER</Str>
<Str sr="arg1" ve="3">yourlogin@gmail.com</Str>
<Int sr="arg2" val="0"/>
<Int sr="arg3" val="0"/>
</Action>
<Action sr="act11" ve="3">
<code>596</code>
<Str sr="arg0" ve="3">%EMAIL_P</Str>
<Int sr="arg1" val="25"/>
<Str sr="arg2" ve="3">%email_p</Str>
</Action>
<Action sr="act12" ve="3">
<code>547</code>
<Str sr="arg0" ve="3">%EMAIL_TO</Str>
<Str sr="arg1" ve="3">receivermail@domain.com</Str>
<Int sr="arg2" val="0"/>
<Int sr="arg3" val="0"/>
</Action>
<Action sr="act13" ve="3">
<code>547</code>
<Str sr="arg0" ve="3">%EMAIL_ATTACH</Str>
<Str sr="arg1" ve="3">/sdcard/DCIM/Tasker/%PHOTONUMBER.jpg</Str>
<Int sr="arg2" val="0"/>
<Int sr="arg3" val="0"/>
</Action>
<Action sr="act14" ve="3">
<code>112</code>
<se>false</se>
<Str sr="arg0" ve="3">sendemailA.py</Str>
<Int sr="arg1" val="0"/>
<Str sr="arg2" ve="3">%EMAIL_USER,%email_p,%EMAIL_TO,%EMAIL_ATTACH</Str>
</Action>
<Action sr="act15" ve="3">
<code>61</code>
<on>false</on>
<Int sr="arg0" val="616"/>
</Action>
<Action sr="act2" ve="3">
<code>425</code>
<Int sr="arg0" val="1"/>
</Action>
<Action sr="act3" ve="3">
<code>888</code>
<Str sr="arg0" ve="3">%PHOTONUMBER</Str>
<Int sr="arg1" val="1"/>
<Int sr="arg2" val="0"/>
</Action>
<Action sr="act4" ve="3">
<code>101</code>
<Int sr="arg0" val="1"/>
<Str sr="arg1" ve="3">%PHOTONUMBER</Str>
<Int sr="arg2" val="0"/>
<Int sr="arg3" val="0"/>
<Int sr="arg4" val="1"/>
<Str sr="arg5" ve="3">320x240</Str>
<Int sr="arg6" val="0"/>
<Int sr="arg7" val="0"/>
<Int sr="arg8" val="0"/>
</Action>
<Action sr="act5" ve="3">
<code>30</code>
<Int sr="arg0" val="0"/>
<Int sr="arg1" val="3"/>
<Int sr="arg2" val="0"/>
<Int sr="arg3" val="0"/>
<Int sr="arg4" val="0"/>
</Action>
<Action sr="act6" ve="3">
<code>188</code>
<Img sr="arg0" ve="2">
<var>/sdcard/DCIM/Tasker/%PHOTONUMBER.jpg</var>
</Img>
</Action>
<Action sr="act7" ve="3">
<code>191</code>
<Int sr="arg0" val="1"/>
<Int sr="arg1" val="1"/>
</Action>
<Action sr="act8" ve="3">
<code>187</code>
<Str sr="arg0" ve="3">/sdcard/DCIM/Tasker/%PHOTONUMBER.jpg</Str>
<Int sr="arg1" val="70"/>
<Int sr="arg2" val="1"/>
</Action>
<Action sr="act9" ve="3">
<code>30</code>
<Int sr="arg0" val="0"/>
<Int sr="arg1" val="2"/>
<Int sr="arg2" val="0"/>
<Int sr="arg3" val="0"/>
<Int sr="arg4" val="0"/>
</Action>
<Img sr="icn" ve="2">
<nme>yummy_6</nme>
<pkg>net.dinglisch.android.ipack.iconedenthemeshd</pkg>
</Img>
</Task>
</TaskerData>


Please make sure the folder "/sdcard/DCIM/Tasker/" exists and you have the right information filled in in the purple fields. You can put a file named .nomedia into the DCIM/Tasker/ folder to make sure, it is not displayed in the gallery.
If you don't know how to setup a specific action, please google it. Line A16 is very important. To create this line goto Script -> RunSL4A Script -> in the name field select the "SendEmailA.py" file. Don't check the Terminal field, but fill in the Pass Variable field with %EMAIL_USER,%mailp,%EMAIL_TO,%EMAIL_ATTACH. The order is important. Check continue task after error.

You can delete the bright blue lines after running the Task once successfully. Please note, that your Google Mail password is stored as a global variable in Tasker Base64 encoded - but it is not a safe encryption! If you have suggestions on how to store the password encrypted n Tasker, please tell me!

Run the task a few time to check if your device vibrates twice (short vibrate at the beginning and a long vibrate at the end. Check your myemailtosendto@domain.com mails, don't forget to look into the spam folder. If you received a picture exit Tasker, lock your device, count to ten and check by entering the wrong unlock code/pattern a few time. Maybe you can make the profile run with a higher priority, not necessary. If everything went well and you received the beautiful pictures of yourself delete the bright blue lines.
Uninformatively there is an android limitation which will show the SL4A icon for a second in the notification bar when the email is send... I tried to make python run without SL4A, but was not successful yet. A workaround could be to make the icon transparent...

I wrote this down pretty fast, please forgive me if something is unclear. I will refresh this post soon.

Monday, July 29, 2013

[Tasker] Be informed about software progress

I got my phone repaired and started programming again.

Here my newest script result:

Its shows the progress of an automated measurement system (Done by me with AutoIt, but that's a different story, think of AutoIt as Tasker for Windows - give it a try and the developers and huge thanks :D ).

Why I need this?
I'm currently working with CMOS MAPS (Monolithic Active Pixel Sensors). They need to be programmed and we measure different parameters after setting a huge amount of settings... This takes a lot of time and effort. The runs take much time and if the system breaks down one looses expensive measurement time. So its a huge benefit to run the whole procedure automatically, as it should be running 24/7 and one needs to know as soon as possible, that something went wrong.

The system is called MABS  as it is a Mimosa Automation Bot System ;)

But that's not the point. The point is this tiny notification in your Android pulldown menu!

So basically your Android phone is capable of getting the progress and error/warning statuses of every software you programmed! The setup is very easy. I will post it here soon (this week)! Stay tuned and sorry for not posting in the last time. I promise to improve ;)

Monday, June 10, 2013

[Tasker] Todo list

 Which Tasker tasks I'm going to post soon:

  • React to content of WhatsApp messages in Tasker
  • Sync data between different android devices and display in one synced widget
  • Configure an emergency message which will force the phone to make a loud sound, even in silent mode
  • Boot computer when coming home
  • Less energy expensive accurate GSM based location checks
  • Extreme energy saving mode (only 1% battery usage per hour)
  • Extract information from different websites and display it compact in one scene
  • Force reconnection to automatically deactivated WiFi networks
  • Create a widget which displays the last WhatsApp an SMS messages of a chosen person
  • Create a slick widget which takes spy photos without any notification or other evidence
  • Make a Jarvis like assistant (Iron Man)

[Tasker] Make Tasker read aloud all incoming notifications and messages

Okay, this one is pretty simple, but still impressive. And that's how a good idea should be, right?
The title says it all, Tasker shall read aloud all the incoming notifications, including SMS, missed calls and if you followed my previous WhatsApp guide even complete incoming WhatsApp messages.

All you have to do is to create this profile and task:
Profile: Notification Read
 Event: Notification [ Owner Application:* Title:* ]
 State: Variable Value [ Name:%DRIVE Op:Matches Value:1 ]
Enter: Notification Read
 A1: Say [ Text:%NTITLE Engine:Voice:default:en Stream:3 Pitch:4 Speed:4 Continue Task Immediately:Off ] 


Thats it! After you set the global variable %DRIVE to 1 you have your own drive mode!
Of course you can place a beatiful widget on your homescreen to do so (hover me):


Off


The On/Off widget

We need another Tasker task to set the global variable to 1 and 0. The task can look like this:
Driver Mode
 A1: If [ %DRIVE ~ 1 ]
  A2: Variable Set [ Name:%DRIVE To:0 Do Maths:Off Append:Off ] 
  A3: Zoom Element Visibility [ Element:Driver Mode.w / StateON Set:Off ] // You cannot create this yet! Wait till Zoom widget on homescreen. 
 A4: Else 
  A5: Variable Set [ Name:%DRIVE To:1 Do Maths:Off Append:Off ] 
  A6: Media Volume [ Level:10 Display:Off Sound:Off ] 
  A7: Zoom Element Visibility [ Element:Driver Mode.w / StateON Set:On ] // You cannot create this yet! Wait till Zoom widget on homescreen.
  A8: Say [ Text:Allright, notification-read loaded! Engine:Voice:default:en Stream:3 Pitch:4 Speed:4 Continue Task Immediately:Off ] 
 A9: End If 

Now we need the widget. Let's make this widget with Zoom. Create a widget like described in the previous post "Energy saving mode" in chapter The "periodic internet On/Off" widget. The only differences are the name of the widget, the Task to execute and the images to use. I named the widget and the task to execute Driver mode. Notice, that for ON and OFF we execute here the same task defined above. The adorable Pacman graphic can be found in the I Like Buttons HD icon pack. Use a lower alpha value, as described here, to get the transparent look when the driver mode is set to OFF. Add the Zoom widget to your home screen and don't forget to add lines A3 and A7 to your Driver mode task.

I'm still working on this driver mode and hopefully can present soon a solution to answer WhatsApp messages, SMS and phone calls hands free by using the Tasker Get speech action. Have fun!

[Tasker] How to make accurate location checks without GPS or WiFi

Tasker has a nice option build in to check for locations. I found, that this method was not very reliable when no GPS was activated. Here I want to present an idea of location checks only with GSM cell info, no internet connection, WiFi or GPS needed. In my opinion it is the most energy conserving method possible.

Create a new profile, name it Home GSM for example. As the trigger select State -> Phone -> Cell Near. Press scan and take a walk inside you domesticity. Take your time, your phone scans for near GSM cells and measures there signal strength, this information is used to triangulate your position. When you think you are done, go back and create a new Task, name it Home On. Inside of it set a new variable %HOME to 1. Exit the newly created profile and add en exit task, name it Home Off and set the global variable %HOME to 0. You are done. Your profile should look like this:
Profile: Home GSM
 State: Cell Near [ Cell Tower / Last Signal:
      GSM:1234.56789 / 0
      GSM:1234.57719 / 2
      Ignore Cells:* ]
Enter: Home On
 A1: Variable Set [ Name:%HOME To:1 Do Maths:Off Append:Off ] 

Exit: Home Off
 A1: Variable Set [ Name:%HOME To:0 Do Maths:Off Append:Off ] 


Now we create a second profile, this one will check whether you are home for sure. Create a profile Check Home, it should be activated when the variable %HOME is set to 1. Create a new task, name it Check Home, inside of it place a wait for 1 or 2 minutes. After that place an if clause and check, whether the variable %HOME is still set to 1. If so, you are probably at home! To be even more sure, place another wait for 1 minute and afterwards another if to check if the cells near you match the pattern at your home. Make sure to set the collision handling of the task to Abort new Task and the cool down time to, lets say, 120 seconds in the Task Properties. Your finished task could look like this:
Profile: Check Home
 Priority: 5 CoolDown: 120
 Event: Variable Set [ Variable:%HOME Value:1 ]
Enter: Check Home
 A1: Wait [ MS:0 Seconds:0 Minutes:1 Hours:0 Days:0 ] 
 A2: If [ %HOME ~ 1 ]
  A3: Variable Set [ Name:%OUTSIDE To:0 Do Maths:Off Append:Off ] 
  A4: Notify Sound [ Title:Home sweet home! Text: Icon:ipack:iconedenthemeshd:twitter_8 Number:0 Sound File:/system/media/audio/notifications/S_Knock.ogg Priority:3 ] 
  A5: Perform Task [ Name:WiFi On Stop:Off Priority:5 Parameter 1 (%par1): Parameter 2 (%par2): Return Value Variable: ] 
  A6: Perform Task [ Name:LOG write Stop:Off Priority:5 Parameter 1 (%par1):Home Parameter 2 (%par2): Return Value Variable: ] 
  A7: Mobile Data [ Set:Off ]
  A8: Ringer Volume [ Level:5 Display:Off Sound:Off ] 
  A9: Variable Query [ Title:Start PC? Variable:%pcstart Input Type:Numeric / Integer Default:3665 Background Image:Pictures/Wallpaper/hi_tech_texture-wallpaper-1920x1200.jpg Layout:Question Yes No Timeout (Seconds):60 Show Over Keyguard:On ] If [ %WIFII ~R MyHomeWiFiSSID ]
  A10: If [ %pcstart ~ 3665 ]
   A11: WoL Wake On Lan Wan Settings[ Configuration:Home Package:com.benfinnigan.wol Name:WoL Wake On Lan Wan Settings]
  A12: End If 
 A3: End If 

As you can see I placed various other tasks I want to be run when I come home inside the if clause. For example I get asked to turn my computer on. I used the free app Wol Wake on Lan Wan from Brobble to do this, as it offers a Tasker plugin. In my actual Check home profile I placed all the got-home-goodness in a separate task I call within the Check home task. This way I can place a 15 minutes wait before asking about booting the computer without interfering with the original Check home task.

To learn more about Wake-On-Lan Packages and how you can use them to turn your computer on remotely please read one of the numerous guides on the internet, for example the short and nice guide HowTo Wake-On-Lan from Brobble and the very good article Access Your Computer Anytime and Save Energy with Wake-on-LAN on lifehacker from Adam Pash.

I hope some of you find this location check method useful and improve there android experience with this trick :) What tasks do you run automatically when you come home? Leave your ideas in the comments!