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    Having tried a number of VR headsets, I think this is a great approach for many folks. The fact is, the VR systems can be so disorienting and at some level, nauseating. I think many people can't use them anyways.
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    I wanted to add a small update as I have been testing both the Oculus Go VR headset on the discontinued 2017 Samsung Gear headset. The Samsung requires the installation of an S series phone and Oculus Go requires a smartphone for setup and if you wat to do casting to see what the senior is seeing. Both of these require quite a bit of setup before a senior can use them. However, the demos you will see of seniors using VR headsets are always in a senior facility or with friends or family member assisting them in setting it up for EACH USE. https://youtu.be/h4AnJhAYWdQ In fact, several companies have started offering that service to facilities with costs ranging from $150/month per user plus an equipment fee. https://seniorhousingnews.com/2019/05/20/25-an-hour-to-50k-a-year-what-senior-living-spends-on-virtual-reality/ What I've decided to do while I find out a way to make these headsets work in a "kiosk mode" is to promote the use of 360 degree video playback on Fire TV. I'll write this up in the Alexa section of the forum. https://community.automatelife.net/topic/581-viewing-360-degree-videos-on-fire-tv/
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    Potential Solution One of the most overlooked features of YouTube on a TV is 360-degree virtual reality. An Amazon Fire TV Cube provides a low-cost, easy-to-use viewing solution, as the remote control offers the normal ring control (up, down, left, right) as well as play/pause, forward/rewind Setup Just install the YouTube app on your Fire TV Cube or Fire TV Stick and you will be able to use your Fire TV remote to move around 360 degrees within the view with the “Ring control” as well as advancing and backing up in the video with the normal controls Here is a video of it working… https://youtu.be/9VL4abfU78k Suggestions This may be enough for most seniors. It of course does not offer the same “immersive experience” as the VR headset, but they can pan around in the video and pick the direction they wish to look. It’s helpful to create a “list” of videos Please note that you can add videos you are actively watching to a list, but to initially `create and name the list, you must be using the YouTube app on your phone Rather that selecting Autoplay, which will play “suggested videos” for you, try using “Play All” in your list so that the senior only sees the videos you have added You could setup Tube Premium, so there would be no commercials. In addition to 360-degree videos, there are some very long (2-4 hour) high quality videos that you could add to a list to provide some background scenery that is much better than someone just watching daytime TV as a “background”
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    Yeah I've seemingly developed motion sickness of at least a more acute sensitivity to motion as I've hit my mid 30's, the last time I tried my son's PlayStation VR I thought I was gunna throw my bollocks up (English-ism for you there) after about 30secs 🤢🤢
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    So this is something sneaky that Samsung is doing with their connected car platform. See, they have a V3 of their "fin" coming up right away. It has 5G connectivity (I think 4 transceivers), 4G/3G, WiFI, BT, and probably everything else under the sun but that's what I remember. In any case, that's a car...with full connectivity options...and now you have SmartThings...and routers...and...you get the picture.
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    Yeah I really like the direction RoomMe is heading. They now have Galaxy Watch integration so they know who's in the room based on their sensor that looks just like a smoke/CO detector. Very interesting stuff.
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    There's definitely some latency issues with double linking, however I think it's worth it in most cases. It depends on the device though and how fast you want to get it moving once you've given a command. 🙂
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    I wound up going with one of Lenovo's 2019 models. A C330. I just noticed on the budget Chromebooks ($170) there wasn't a touch screen. The C330 is a 2 in one as well. I haven't used it much for Home Automation just yet. I did DL Google Home, though and my Hubitat Hub is a bookmark. Because I used the Chrome Browser on my PC, Signing in to my Google account is all I had to do, just about. I have a few more apps to add.
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    @PeL4 hey @AYL_Brian just posted a video from CES that might be the beginning of the in room sensing capability you were looking for. It comes up at the 7:25 mark in the video below. It’s a product called RooMe from a company called intellithings. Here is a link to their website https://www.intellithings.net
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    Another Update; interesting that these updates happen around big conferences and shows like CES2020. Inovelli had some interesting Z-Wave Devices at the Z-Wave alliance. Hubitat Elevation Platform update 2.1.8 is now available: Please note, the process takes about a minute to download (depending on your Internet connection) and extract the hub update, and 1-2 minutes to perform the update after you click 'Update Hub'. We recommend that you periodically download a backup of your setup from the Settings page, Backup and Restore. Changes from 2.1.7: Drivers and Devices New drivers: Inovelli Z-Wave Smart Scene Switch S2 ([LZW30-SN](https://inovelli.com/shop/smart-light-switches/zwave-smart-switches-gen2/z-wave-on-off-switch-neutral-required-scenes-notifications/)) Inovelli Z-Wave Smart Switch S2 ([LZW30](https://inovelli.com/shop/smart-light-switches/zwave-smart-switches-gen2/pre-order-z-wave-on-off-switch-base-model/)) Inovelli Z-Wave Smart Dimmer (NZW31) Inovelli Z-Wave Smart Scene Dimmer (NZW31) Inovelli Z-Wave Smart Switch (NZW30) Inovelli Z-Wave Smart Scene Switch (NZW30) GE Enbrighten Z-Wave Smart Dimmer ([46203](https://byjasco.com/products/ge-enbrighten-z-wave-plus-wall-smart-dimmer-quickfit-and-simplewire)) GE Enbrighten Z-Wave Smart Switch ([46201](https://byjasco.com/ge-enbrighten-z-wave-plus-smart-switch-quickfit-and-simplewire)) Honeywell T6 Pro Z-Wave Thermostat ([TH6320ZW2003](https://www.honeywellhome.com/T6-Pro-Z-wave)) Aeotec Dual Micro Switch (DSC17) Zooz MultiRelay ([ZEN16](https://www.thesmartesthouse.com/products/zooz-z-wave-plus-s2-multirelay-zen16-with-3-dry-contact-relays-20-a-15-a-15-a)) Zooz Double Switch ([ZEN30](https://www.thesmartesthouse.com/products/zooz-z-wave-plus-s2-double-switch-zen30-white-for-light-fan-combo)) SAGE Doorbell Sensor SAGE Light Switch Controller Virtual Smoke Detector Virtual CO Detector New tested devices: Innr UK Zigbee outlet using Generic Zigbee Outlet Nue HGZB-01A Zigbee switch using Nue Zigbee Switch Nue HGZB-021 Zigbee Dimmer using Nue Zigbee Dimmer Nue ZB-18A Zigbee RGBW strip controller using Generic Zigbee RGBW Light RGBGenie ZB-1025 Zigbee controller using RGBGenie Micro Zigbee Dimmer RGBGenie ZB-1003 Zigbee controller using RGBGenie Micro Zigbee Dimmer RGBGenie ZW-1001 Z-Wave dimmer using Generic Z-Wave Smart Dimmer RGBGenie ZW-1002 Z-Wave RGBW controller using Generic Z-Wave RGBWW Controller New driver features: Iris V3 Keypad, add beep for older firmware devices. Lutron Pico drivers, add three button option and support. NYCE Motion Sensor Series, add humidity get to refresh command. New App Features Rule Machine: Added connectors for local variables. Add time variables (see the community for more information). Group-2.1: Added button to update devices available for selection. Hubitat Dashboard: Added Variable Time template for RM time variables. Yeelight integration: Added ceiling4 and color6 bulb support. Bug Fixes Rule 4.0: Fixed error thrown by times in older rules when editing actions. Thermostat Scheduler: Fixed bug with required separation. Scene Transition: Fixed bug with dimmers. Hue Bridge Integration: Fix null error on application label change. Add CRCEncap to Fibaro 2 dimmer and switch drivers, fixes reporting issues in some situations. Fix GE Zigbee Dimmer, single spastic power report when turned initially turned off. Fix UK ST outlet power reporting when using Generic Zigbee Outlet driver. Fix TransitionTime preference issues in Lutron Dimmer driver. Fixed occasional Null error when turning on for all Sengled Element drivers. Group-2.1: Added button to refresh device lists Raw Lan HubAction message responses will include the payload as a Base64 encoded string Platform Changes Extended the following Z-Wave command classes Basic up to V2 SensorMultilevel up to V11 Meter up to V5 Central Scene up to V3 Version up to V3 Time up to V2 Multichannel Association up to V4 Indicator up to V3 Firmware Update MetaData up to V6 Association Group Information up to V3 Association up to V3 Notification up to V8 Multichannel up to V4 Thermostat Fan Mode up to V3 Incoming calls for App Web endpoints now includes headers Incoming calls for App Web endpoints where the App does not exist will now log a message in the logs including the source ip address. Added optional flag to ignore SSL issues (ie: self signed certificates) with http calls (httpGet, httpPost, etc)
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    Check this out. I know @AYL_Brian has talked about duplicate devices before, but I couldn’t find his video discussing it. Hope this is helpful
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    Here is a piston that keeps track of the number of times the switch (in your case the pump) was turned on and the last time it was turned off and turned on. This gives you the idea of how it can be done.



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