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  1. Here is an updated on my phone testing... iPhoen 7 Plus setup fine and Galaxy s10+ also did, once I held it 1" away from the ceiling mounted sensor. My Galaxy Note10+ and Galaxy a50 refused to setup. BTW, there is a rather involved "setup ritual" https://www.the-ambient.com/reviews/roomme-sensor-review-2105
  2. Hi Brian, I have also experimented with motion detectors on the on the bottles and even "cap removal" detectors, but then I'm starting to pursue "compliance" and get into all kinds of issue about whether some really took the pill and even the right pill. I want to avoid that and leave it it companies like Pillo. https://pillohealth.com/ MANY companies have tried to guarantee compliance... What I'm aiming for is a casual reminder to Seniors like myself who need a gentle reminder to take their non-prescription allergy pill , where a simple audible or verbal reminder isn't sufficient especially if I have a "I don't want to take it right now!" attitude... so the persistent light and an Echo Button to cancel works well for me Frank
  3. Hi Brian, I have been using it like that when I want to an "Amazon-only" design to keep things simple using just an Echo Flex with its attached light and and Echo button One issue I have seen is that the reminder light is "steady" unlike my more advanced solution of adding an additional plug with a auto-changing color light such as the Sunbeam https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HVQ6LXG/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_D5UkEb501PAQ9 Of course, you could make a more complex routine to change the color a few times, but I don't know of a way to end the routine prematurely via a button This could be all handled with webCoRE, but then its no longer a simple "Amazon-only" solution
  4. One little quirk on the light. It defaults to "automatic night light mode" and the way to stop that is rapidly re-plug it 4 times... If you lose power, you need to repeat this
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
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    Here are some additional details https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/03/cnn-underscored/intellithings-roomme-smart-home/index.html https://youtu.be/A9sYgSP7yoM https://www.slashgear.com/roomme-expands-smart-home-tracking-with-voice-assistants-and-samsung-smartwatches-03604699/
  9. hmm, note sure why... It does for me in various browsers in the US... Maybe try the FAQ in support?
  10. I've been running into an issue with the new SmartThings Wi-Fi plug and webCoRE. I set it up with the new SmartThings Mobile app and it works fine... even with Alexa But when I try to add it to webCoRE as an actuator under with the Classic or new mobile app in SmartApps is doesn't appear as an option Has anyone else seen this?
  11. Hello Pete, I understand what you are going through trying to setup part-time Internet at the second home, as I'm in a similar situation where I'm going to do a two week demo at a retirement community at various senior homes in AZ. While some of these seniors, may have Internet access, they may have lost the password and its easier for me if I bring in a complete setup with my devices configured to my "mobile Internet" before helping them configure theirs. I'm an ATT user, but my family plan does not include Hotspot service and it any case would not be unlimited data. It turns out that the coverage at this senior locations is better served by Verizon, so I'm also bringing a Verizon pre-paid sim I started researching what "snow bird" RV'rs use and found some interesting ideas. https://youtu.be/sSe0RJVpFjk I signed up for a free (no strings attached) one month's service on a T-Mobile hotspot https://www.t-mobile.com/offers/free-trial I also signed up for a Visible wireless account, that is a Verizon company offering unlimited hotspot data. https://www.visible.com/plan I'll report back on my experiences Can share some ideas about what you plan to do with the sensors? Most of the setups I have done involve Alexa for basic voice control of lights and information as well as showing cameras. I have also found that Fire TV is a big hit as well as Alexa video calling
  12. I just received this announcement and haven't had a chance to test the SmartThings API https://smartthings.developer.samsung.com/?mc_cid=cb925fbb71&mc_eid=9cd3e19c37
  13. 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
  14. I agree. For my senior "clients", not only managing the actual wearing of the headset, but the complex configuration necessary to get it to play the video you want requires assistance. The on-line videos of the seniors using them always shows a paid support staff from a company on a monthly retainer. My goal is home use, with setup by their kids I'm still pursing working with VR headsets for them, but trying to come up with a way to auto-launch the desired content. The Kiosk mode software I have found only works with "owned" content that you load Of course, I'm staying away from games, just showing travel experiences that a couch-bound user could enjoy. BTW, I'm interested in the units you have tested. So far I'm trying the Samsung Gear (phone in headset) and stand-alone Oculus Go. The Oculus Quest is interesting, but I don't see the any features I could use to justify going form $150 Go to $399 Quest
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