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  1. 5 points
    I know people have scripts and other utilities measuring and tracking battery life on sensors, but I am using a simple low tech solution. First let me mention that my tools for this are SmartThings, IFTTT, and my cell phone. I created a virtual switch in ST that I called front door motion sensor battery warning switch. This switch is triggered to flip on when the sensors battery hits 10% using the automation configuration available in ST. Then in IFTTT I created an applet that when this virtual switch is on the applet sends an sms message to my phone stating the sensor name and 10% battery warning. By no means do I think I came up with something amazing or original here, but it was a simple solution that I had not seen before and I thought could benefit others.
  2. 5 points
    You're all Automaters, and so I don't need to tell you that you can do your part in slowing down the spread of COVID-19. You get it. As people with smart homes and smart lives, we have learned how to manage our lives through our voice, through our sensors, and through our ideas, and as we continue to show others how to do so, we can actually help the world become a happier, healthier, and easier place to live in. This is especially true during any flu season, but even more so right now as we all continue our efforts around social distancing. It's easy to take a message like this and laugh it off, but don't kid yourselves. Your Smart Home helps. Your ideas for automated living help. So stand up, get out your (heavily sanitized) phone, and share a little video or a picture of you automating something. Show a moment where you don't have to touch a device, and let your friends and family see how it might benefit them. You can also do this on your own Facebook feed, or your own Twitter Profile. So go forth Automaters and let's show the world how a smart home helps in this situation, as in many others.
  3. 4 points
    Ok this one is easy. Only need a smartthings multipurpose sensor and i added a voice notification that is done via echo speaks but you can delete that part of the automation if you don't want or need it. It will notify you via a push notification when it is finished. Cheap way of making your dryer smart. Just a FYI found out after using it you need to make sure the washing machine is not touching the dryer as it can make the dryer vibrate and cause the automation to give you a false indication that the dryer is done. I did something similar with the new samsung wifi smart plug for a washing machine instead of the dryer. As always if you have any questions please leave them here.
  4. 4 points
    So I've been thinking, what ways do you guys think smart home tech can help during the current COVID-19 pandemic? I was thinking that smart displays could be particularly useful for the video call functionality for those in self isolation. The drop in & broadcast features on the Echo Dot/Nest Mini's could be useful for communication for those not wishing to handle their mobile/call phone for infection control reasons.
  5. 4 points
    I really like this topic! I was thinking about gesture control on the smart displays and phone control being really important to lessen the chance of passing through touch!
  6. 4 points
    I’ve had intermittent luck with batteries... my devices often don’t report accurate battery states to begin with. Example: I have a ST multisensor on my garage overhead door and it quit responding a couple of weeks ago. Not unusual, and the battery was still showing 30%. After resetting and fussing with it, I replaced the battery - bingo. All was well with the world again. I’ve also had issues with one particular battery supplier. I usually get mine via Amazon and ran into one (MYBATTERYSUPPLIER) that advertises new in blister packs, but ships questionable product in little ziploc baggies. The life of the batteries from this supplier is substantially poorer than usual. Caveat emptor. All that tangential info aside, I wanted to mention a 3rd party app that I use called Action Tiles (https://www.actiontiles.com) on an old iPad. I’ve setup an assortment of very simple dashboard screens including one that shows the battery condition of all my devices. Handy to keep an eye on them all in one place. When they get down to 30% or so I make sure to have replacement batteries standing by.
  7. 4 points
    I have been looking for a dry contact sensor for a while and tried a few that weren't too reliable. When I saw this video of modifying a Wyze contact sensor by removing the reed relay, I thought I'm give it a try https://youtu.be/MaXBI7aILoY It actually works quite well in my "Couch potato" sensor application through IFTTT to webCoRE providing the senior a verbal reminder through an Echo Dot that its time to get up and stretch. I typically set my own at 45 minutes The use of webCoRE allows the looping a different reminder every two minutes if they fail to get up after the initial reminder and also thanks them when they do get up
  8. 4 points
    Hi Brian, I took a chance that it was a contact closure rather than resistive or capacative and I lucked out. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0762BZ4KB/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_FQEkEbJKVC73N I had also looked into the replacement devices used in cars for airbag enabling and those were contact closures.... was my backup plan https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JK9M7YR/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_uTEkEb3F57P06 Frank
  9. 4 points
    I think we will need a little more info to be able to help you. What brand of smart plug did you buy? If samsung wifi smart plug then you could get there hub and water detector and you would be in business. Getting a wifi leak detector to run a automation via google will most likely not be possible. They mostly will just sound a alarm and that's about it. Most leak detectors that work via the zigbee or z-wave protocols will allow you to do automations of the kind that you are looking for, but require a hub to connect to and do the automation's.
  10. 4 points
    @FrankE I finally have it our our educational calendar for May 21st. I have most of my PowerPoint ready to go, but I will be filming a few examples videos in my home to use in the PowerPoint. My real next focus though is to create some hands on demonstrations that I can setup in the classroom. We are sticking with very simple basic concepts, because the goal right now is to open up the minds of our seniors and their caregivers of the value these technologies can make in their lives.
  11. 4 points
    Sure but you would need a hub of some sort as most buttons are either zigbee or blue tooth because of the small battery's they use. I would suggest something like a samsung smartthings hub with their button and smart plugs. There are others out there but for easy setup and use this is what i would suggest. Make sure the devices you want to control will come back to the way you want them to after unplugging them and then plugging them back in as some devices do not turn back on after being powered off that way. You could also set it up so that after it's been turned on for a given time it can automatically turn it off again if that's something that you wanted it to do or even notify someone via a push or sms message that a given device has been on for longer then X minutes.
  12. 4 points
    Just thought i'd share my arrive home scenario I have tasker check to see when it connects to my wifi at home then tasker run's a webcore piston that disarms SMH, opens my garage door, turns on my outside lights if its after sunset so i can get the mail, also have a multipurpose sensor in the mailbox that if opened it toggles a light that's plugged into the smart power plug (this is in my garage so i can see it when i drive in), so when the postal person leaves mail its on and if i open the box to get the mail it toggles again to off. then it turn's on the light in the garage and unlocks the door that leads from the garage to the rest of the house and if no one else is home it turns on lights in the house, if someone is home alexa lets them know i have arrived. Then once i open the door leading into the rest of the house a multipurpose sensor turn's off the outside lights and closes the garage door, when i close the door leading into the house and after the garage door fully closes it turn's off the light in the garage and sets SHM to armed/stay mode and locks the door behind me and if no one else is home it has harmony turn on my TV, sound bar and DVR.
  13. 3 points
    Motion sensors, contact sensors. I have motion sensors or motion zones in just about every room I, almost never turn on/off light switches. Motion sensors can be used in a number of ways to keep you from transferring the virus.
  14. 3 points
    Based on Brian's CES trip report and a few other reviews, I decided to take a look a RoomMe by IntelliThings https://www.intellithings.net/ Based on their claim of "True Occupancy Automation" , I was hoping this could fulfill my need for a occupancy sensor for Elders without having to rely on PIR motion sensors which can only give me "last known movement" locations... especially bad when the Elder is siting still. That is why I'm been adding in true presence sensors such as bed and chair mats. If anyone else decides to try this like, I'd like your feedback. here are a few tips. Please note that when installing the mobile app, it's RoomMe not Roome which is an app from another company. The sensor positioning video and installation steps on the website are great, but don't get into the details of configuring the systems. While there are several YouTube and web artciles, the best I found was this step-by-step https://youtu.be/A9sYgSP7yoM The stated purpose of RoomMe is to adjust the room settings based on a "person" (their phone) as they move around the home. It does that, but with a slight added delay and is currently lacking in the promised support for SmartThings and Galaxy watches. They also promised Alexa integration at CES and I assume that means being able to trigger routines on persons entering and exiting rooms They offer an API that can post events for room enter/exit by person, but don't support IFTTT and said they plan not to do that. What is lacking for my Use Case is that I want to be able to get not only room entry/exit notifications, but also routine updates that the Elder (phone) is still in the room. They actually ping through the BT app every few seconds so that they can detect movement between room, but don't offer that in the API The other thing that may confuse first time users, is that the only way the system knows you left a room is by being detected in another room. So if you left the house, it still thinks you are in the last room where you were detected. It seems like a simple adjustable timeout could be easy to offer as an event. One reviewer put a sensor in the garage to indicate leaving the house. Edit... I was only able to pair my iPhone 7 Plus, not my Samsung s10, Note10 or A50. IntelliThings support also reports difficulty with Samsung devices. Standing on a ladder with the phone in pairing mode 1" away from the sensor is no fun
  15. 3 points
    I have some interesting news about SmartThings, WebCore and Sharptools. I have had this fear that SmartThings was going to make it more difficult to use WebCore but instead they are going to actually support and PROMOTE it at SDC19 !! https://www.samsungdeveloperconference.com/?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=outreachkit&utm_campaign=sdp2019&utm_term=smartthings They are unveiling their new API and actually offering a lab using WebCore... no mention of ActionTiles... I'll be attending and let you know what I find out
  16. 3 points
    Just thought all of you might want to see my light strips. Waiting for it to get a little warmer here before I install it over my garage https://youtu.be/Hd86XSYUFIg I will make another video after i mount it above my garage Sorry about the abrupt ending of the video but was being called by the wife 👀 The power supply i got was a big one because i plan to run all the strips for the house on the one power supply and because there wasn't much difference in price between the smaller ones and this one. If anyone wants me to go into more detail about how i connected the nodeMCU board and the power supply to the strip let me know. Also just a FYI the strip can go a lot brighter. Found a setting in the WLED software that limits the brightness when using a small power supply so after increasing that to the limit of my supply it allowed the strip to increase brightness a great deal. The strip when set to all white at full brightness pulls about 5.25 amps. But your looking at 150 pixels in this 16.4 foot strip. That's 450 LED's (1 red, 1 green, 1 blue per pixel)
  17. 3 points
    This is more of a psa as I researched this topic recently and found a couple of good apps for seizure detection. One is android and I set this up for my dad after reading good feedback on related forums versus a lot of negative feedback for other specific devices http://www.openseizuredetector.org.uk/?page_id=1128 the other is iOS called SeizAlarm in the App Store. We are using this one for one of our children. This one has a monthly service fee but well worth it. It also includes call feature which the other one does not offer only sms. It’s a battery hog so will probably have to get the newest watch or possibly just add a second. One for day and one for night option. These are obviously just nice to have and not FDA cleared for this purpose although I’ll tell you have better feedback than those devices. Just wanted to share in case anyone else could benefit from the information. Based on some recent patents Apple registered, I’m interested to see where this technology goes in the future. ***Update: adding link to Graham’s video for installing Open Seizure Detector
  18. 3 points
    I received this email today even though I routinely use both versions Here is the FAQ link the refer to https://smartthings.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=fc865295de6f052023cd22d39&id=0690e2fcee&e=9cd3e19c37 I have slowly been weaning myself off the Classic version, especially with Automations in the new version, the smart panel, and support for installting the latest device. But I still find myself going back to classic to initially setup the "Virtual Device Creator" for the new version of SmartApps for new users and "allowing devices" for IFTTT under Automation- SmartApps. (is there another way to do this?) Frank
  19. 3 points
    Update on the strip lights. It has been to cold here to install these lights outside so i decided to add them to a few more places in the house such as under the bathroom vanity. Heres a screen shot of that. The interesting thing here is the i only needed about 5 foot of the strip for this project. The cost of the 16.4 foot strip is $25 so only used about 1/3rd of that so about 8 dollars in cost. Then i used one of the micro controllers which is about $4 dollars. Also used one of the project boxes which is about $1 dollar. Add some wires about $1.50 and a 5v 3 amp power supply $9 dollars and my total cost for the project is about $25 dollars. I can still use the rest of the unused strip elsewhere (plan on replacing the strip under the kitchen cabinets). I am using webcore piston to automate the strip so when I enter the bathroom it turns on the strip at a set level based on if I'm awake or sleeping. Considering the effects you can do with these and the cheap price, I'm planing on using them in many different places. Nice thing about these is you can cut them to fit whatever size area you need. You can cut it with a pair of scissors in between each pixel. so about every inch Can use the WLED app to control them or can use alexa and webcore. Have added a smartthings button and one click of that can run different effects each time you push the button (wife approved 😀).Can trigger them with motion, contact sensors, any smartthings sensor.
  20. 3 points
    Thought someone might find this interesting... Lennar's choice of technology.. https://seniorhousingnews.com/2019/01/03/3-lessons-for-senior-living-from-top-us-homebuilder-lennars-move-to-future-proof-the-home/
  21. 3 points
  22. 3 points
    Chicken or the Egg? Truly sad that SmartThings hasn't added BLE when it is capable already. Sad switchbot didn't know this ahead or work ahead to know this. Now I have to get another hub, joy
  23. 3 points
    Yeah...so it's all devices, but it does require any of the Hubs to work. The reason for that is actually because the SwitchBot devices (other than the Hub) are BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy). That means that they don't really have a connection point to the internet, and SmartThings hasn't actually used their Bluetooth Transceiver yet (to my knowledge anyways) for long term communication with products. So basically, the Hub's needed to make the connection to the cloud, like @Larry Underwood said
  24. 3 points
    SO! Totally have that one for ya. Search Automate Your Life on Alexa's skill library!
  25. 3 points
    Yes I'm already configuring webcore to work with it. I'm modifying my holiday light piston to run certain effects on certain holidays so it will automatically run the correct effect for the right holiday without me having to do anything. For example on day 77 of the year (St Patrick's day) It will run a green effect trailing sparks. On the 4th of July it will run the fireworks effect. Am also playing around with a program called xLights and when working in conjunction with WLED it will allow me to run some pretty amazing light shows. Also have it working with Alexa now as well.
  26. 3 points
    Well got the ESP8266 boards, LED strip, 5VDC 30Amp power supply in. After flashing one of the boards and connecting it to my WiFi network I then connected the strip to it and connected the power supply up. All works as it should. next step will be to install it under the roof overhang if front of my driveway. After this all i will need to do to add more is to buy more strips, they will connect to the other boards and the same power supply i bought and in time i will have the entire front of my house outlined with them (i figure 4 more strips should do it). When i have the first strip installed i will take a pic of it and post it on the board. Or maybe a video would do better as you'll will be able to see the effects.
  27. 3 points
    Now I just want those LEDs...Why did I ask Santa for underwear!? I want the SmartThings Vision (not available), and an Echo Studio (none in stock), and honestly...I still want one of these: https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/sobro-smart-coffee-table-with-refrigerated-drawer-black/12335664
  28. 3 points
  29. 3 points
    I have one I use it starts at December 1 (that's the 335th day of the year) and ends January 10 but you can change the days and the time to what every you want. It turns on 2 smart plugs at 6 PM but only on those days of the year. Then turns one of them off at 10 PM and the other at 11 PM. Of course you can change it to whatever you need and if you need help doing that let me know. You could add another boolean variable called say IsThanksgiving and set it to maybe 327 to 335 as thanksgiving is day 332 in 2019. If you want to know what day of the year a holiday is just ask google for example to get it. This will work even on leap years (as it is coming up next year), as it looks at each year as it comes.
  30. 3 points
    I have put together a basic format and a basic first guide. Looking for moderators for this board, as you'll have to approve new replies and new guides coming in. Any thoughts on where to stick the guide template? I was thinking one per board, as a sticky?
  31. 3 points
    Echo itself acts like a hub now, right? Yes, your Echo acts like a hub, however; your Alexa app basically runs everything anyway once connected over your Wi-Fi network So in fact, is it already good to go if I buy smart home devices using WIFI protocol and link them all to Echo? The easiest answer is Yes, if already connected to same WiFi network. Another question is about Hubitat. I like digging into things as long as its powerful, no matter how steep the learning curve is. After watching some reviews on Hubitat, I know how powerful and flexible on automation Hubitat can bring us. But I got confused then. I want to control everything via Alexa voice control, but Hubbitat only supports Zigbee and Z wave but no WIFI. I'm learning about the Hubitat too by connecting things in my Garage (I connected the Aeotec Z-Wave Garage Door Controller). I really like the device. I want to integrate into Google Home (not Alexa), however, there are safety commands through Google that prevents connection without a second 'check' to ensure that you want to do it. Meaning you can't control over voice with this specific product and Google Home at the moment. However, there are tons of other products out there will allow you to use your SmartWatch (like @Shay can tell you). I get the need for voice command. That's what I was looking for. The Hubitat does come with 'Apps' to integrate with Echo and everything under the sun, however, you may run into situations where the specific device or function has not been integrated with Hubitat (not because of Hubitat) but because of how the manufacturers of the device want it to run. Can Hubitat discover and control the devices which Echo has discovered through WIFI? Yes you can connect with the Hub in some cases, however, it's not always the Hub controlling the Alexa enabled device. Like Google Home, you integrate because you've used Google home as the portal to log into your devices - In your case, you might want to check out Connecting your Hubitat Elevation™ to your Amazon Echo or Alexa compatible device... Just remember some things require some finessing to make it work reliably, whether SmartThings, Hubitat or Aqara... Personally I'm excited that there is an Ecobee integration. I haven't tried that. I already have the ecobee controlled over google home, so maybe this is a way to create some redundancy or reliability with the Hubitat. Hope that helps
  32. 3 points
    My second capsule has been accepted in to the Bixby marketplace Senior Quiz is now available along with the previous Senior Workout I've submitted one capsule more that may not be accepted as it requires some configuration of the user's phone contacts One of the most common things for those living independently to ask their verbal assistant is "What time is it?" https://blog.eskaton.org/eskaton-deploys-amazon-alexa-to-100-seniors-in-assisted-living My Senior Time capsule greets them by name and also lets them know if they are asking for the time during their normal sleeping hours. This helps the confusion with 4AM verses 4PM that someone may hear when they think its time to get up for dinner
  33. 3 points
    Additions to routines: You can now add many sound effects to routines from animals to red alert from Star Trek. Unfortunately there is no way to loop the sounds, you must add each action to your routine separately if you want a longer sound. Also you are confined to a single device, can't use the everywhere group. Guard can now be activated with some routines but not deactivated and location based routines cannot be used. What was Amazon thinking? It would make much more sense to incorporate Guard to location so that it automatically switches to Away when I leave and Home when I arrive home. Also you can have an Echo display a pulsing yellow notification light when a reminder is missed.
  34. 3 points
    You could get a small network switch like this one https://www.amazon.com/NETGEAR-5-Port-Gigabit-Ethernet-Unmanaged/dp/B07S98YLHM/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=network+switch&qid=1573827854&sr=8-5 And no it would not cause any problems by adding a switch.
  35. 3 points
    Got the echo buds and so far I like them a lot. Nice having Alexa built into them. Audio sounds clean and clear and I like the way they fit, very comfortable. Considering the cost of other truly wireless ear buds I'd say they are reasonably priced for what you get.
  36. 3 points
    Just got this Samsung WiFi smart plug. For less then $20 and it monitors energy usage for that price. Used it on my washing machine and it works perfect. Used a webcore piston to let me know via Alexa and a push notification when it is done. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07PY4YPTF/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Anyone have any questions about the piston let me know.
  37. 3 points
    here are the details Background With good reason, phones are not set to “speak” reminders and therefore only provide text and audible notifications on a reminder. Who wants their phone talking to them on its own?.... Well, those with accessibility needs such as seniors with mild cognitive or motor impairments WANT their verbal assistants to speak reminders to them. Potential Solution Samsung has described voice control through Bixby for SmartThings, e.g. turn on/off devices, but NOT a way for SmartThings to talk back to Bixby. In looking for a way to do this, I used my previously described "Announcer Bixby Routine" which continuously loops and speaks any notifications received by the phone. Then using SmartThings Automations, I was able to not only turn a reminder light at a specific time, respond to a button push to turn off the light, but also post a Notification to the Senior that gets spoken on the phone through the Bixby Routine. Now we have two-way communication Bixby <-> SmartThings Samsung Galaxy phones with the One UI update such as the s10 shown in the referenced video, have the capability of “speaking” Notifications through Bixby Routines. This solution uses a “continuously active” Bixby Routine to speak Notifications as they occur. Reminders set notifications by default and should be minimized to reduce confusion. This solution provides a spoken reminder to take a medication with the addition of a visual reminder in the form of a special light controlled by Samsung SmartThings (ST) that stays on until confirmed by the senior via button press. YouTube video https://youtu.be/gRg7n0uwLZo Implementation · Create a “always on” Bixby Routine to speak Notifications · Create an ST Automation trigged by time to turn on the light and create a Notification o “Time for your pill. I’ve turned on the Reminder Light. Push button after taking the pill” · Create an ST Automation triggered via a button press to turn off the light and create a Notification o “Thank you for taking your pill. I’m turning off the Reminder light”
  38. 3 points
  39. 3 points
    @FrankE weren’t you looking for a sensor for a chair to detect someone seated. This might be a good fit for that.
  40. 3 points
    I have a very similar setup to Franks. Motion sensor at door triggers routine for announcement on all echos, 1 echo says "Amazon, show me the front door" and fire tablet displays wyze cam. When the Show 5 came out I tried swapping one of those for the fire tablet but the mics on the show 5 just aren't good enough. The show 5 missed about 80% of the requests from the echo.
  41. 3 points
    Here is what I did with a Ring Doorbell The Ring Doorbell Pro does a great job of announcing both doorbell button pushes and motion detection on an Echo Show, but you still need to say "Alexa, show doorbell camera" to view and interact with whoever is at the door I added an Echo Dot on the back of my Echo Show and wrote an Alexa Routine to say the command "Alexa, show doorbell camera". My Echo Show hears the command and displays the doorbell camera Here is what my Routine looks like: * When this happens- Front Door is pressed (meaning doorbell... make another routine for motion detected) * Actions- Set volume to 2 Say "Alexa," (comma for a short delay) Set volume to 2 (another delay to give the Echo Show a chance to respond to the Wake Word) Say "Show front door camera" * From- whatever you named the named the Echo Dot I would suggest that you change the Wake Word on the Echo Dot so that you don't have both the Dot and the Show responding when you are normally saying commands to the Show Frank
  42. 3 points
    Mine arrived today and the hardware is nice, screen is good and the sound is a big improvement over my regular google hub. However, as I feared there doesn’t seem to be a way to add the in built nest cam to the Nest app as you would with a regular camera. After the hub is added to google home it then gives you the option to setup the nest cam. You work your way through the process but it basically then wants you to migrate from a nest account to a google account and obviously that will break any 3rd party “works with Nest” integrations. I perhaps foolishly assumed I could add the built in camera directly into the nest app but having discussed with google who then passed me on to nest support there doesn’t appear to be a way to just add it to the Nest app. I’m tempted to create a new Nest account and then go through the setup nest cam option in google home which will migrate the new nest account to a google account so I can get to the QR screen and then see if I can use my original nest account to scan the QR code and see if it will add it. However, who knows how that will impact my main google account and my existing nest account - sounds too risky to me. I can’t understand why they couldn’t just include a QR code like with all other Nest products and then allow those of us who definitely don’t want to migrate our nest accounts to just use the nest app to scan the QR and use it as any other Nest camera. I will live with the device for a while and see if they or someone in the community comes up with a way to do this but as using the built in cam in the nest app was a key part in deciding to buy this it may well be going back to Google. This is a crazy situation and extremely frustrating. I’m just glad to have read Brian and others warnings about not migrating as I can see people just stepping through adding the nest hub max camera and it migrating their account to then find all their integrations are broken and that there’s no way to get them back.
  43. 3 points
    Here is what it looks like
  44. 2 points
    Hi @Caregiver, I'll let the Google experts weigh in on solutions for their products, but I can offer some advice on the Amazon products. I have found Echo Show devices to be great for elderly parents by providing as easy way to do video calls. You can start a call where they have to accept it or "drop in" if you are worried about them. They can also call you. https://technology4seniors.com/independence The simplest way to set this up is to add their Echo Show to your account, but this gives them control over your devices. This will work even though they are on a different network. The more difficult way to set this up is using their own Amazon account as this requires a smartphone with a different number then yours. This can be accomplished using a free Google voice number https://www.amazonforum.com/s/question/0D54P00006zSpI5SAK/you-dont-need-to-get-grandma-a-smartphone-to-setup-alexa-calling Frank
  45. 2 points
    If anyone is interested in doing this project for there own house let me know and i can go into more detail about what pins to use on the controller boards, where to get the WLED fireware for the boards and how to flash it onto the boards and use it to control the LED strips. The boards are wifi capable and there is a app for both android and apple phones to control it. Plus you can use your computer's web browser and alexa and i have figured out a way to use json commands to access them so webcore can now control them to, which means you can use automation's to control them.
  46. 2 points
    Can't think of anything that fits the bill right now but I like a challenge so I'll get right on it
  47. 2 points
    This right here is one of the best updates all year. $6 for a sensor that can trigger routines with echos. I just set mine up and they work great. Now I'm regretting all the $25-30 sensors I bought. No, they don't tell me the temperature, but they're 6 bucks! And no mention of this anywhere, Amazon never, Wyze no, Youtube nope, just Brian. Great find Brian! Edit: This kind of makes buying an Echo Plus harder to rationalize now not needing a zigbee hub for those just starting out in the Alexa ecosystem.
  48. 2 points
    Very powerful...ok, this is my next purchase I think. I have another TV to buy...and I want a 45-50"" range of TV...so this is perfect! They're ahead in these simple ways...
  49. 2 points
    So has anyone of you seen the new upgrades to Wyze?? Continuous motion capture on the cameras, no more 12 second max clips with a 5 minute cool down..... Also............ CONDITIONS ON THE MOTION SENSORS!!!!! I am ecstatic about this, lights now only come on at night with motion sensor, no more whole day long in bright light. Brian!!!!! I've been stalking your channel looking for the video drop, but nothing????!!!!!???!?!?!?!?!!?!?!!?!!? lol....
  50. 2 points
    Hey @Fozzy - SmartThings is just getting together its deals for Black Friday and GE hasn't announced anything specific just yet on those switches. However, I would expect the hub and accessories to get about 20-30% off on Amazon and maybe even on the Samsung.com website. Stick around, we'll find it for ya!

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