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  1. Well, I finally got it worked out. This is so I can deploy a SmartThings hub in another state for a person who can't set it up or manage it. The interesting thing about this is that I was able to configure the second hub here and just give it a different location name. Then I could easily manage both locations with my one SmartThings account in both the IDE and mobile app. Even Alexa understood there were two locations and asked which one I wanted when importing the devices on the other user's Alexa account. The only complexity I ran into was that webCoRE required (as far as I can tell) a separate browser to manage pistons for that other hub. The good news is that I could "restore a piston using backup code" to get existing pistons across locations
  2. Its my understanding that SmartThings does not allow multiple hubs on an account at a single location, but supports multiple hubs on an account IF they are separate locations, e.g. a vacation home Is it possible to add a second hub at first location, before deploying it to the second location? edit... In my testing of this, I'll able to configure the 2nd hub and add all the devices at the first location. It seems to work find in the SmartThings IDE and SmartThings mobile app allowing me to select which hub I want to work on. But, it looks like I need a separate webCoRE account for each location (hub)… is that correct?
  3. Hi Larry Thanks for the solution. I may run I may run into a single person household needing this "couch potato" solution Frank
  4. Hi Larry, Thanks for the great suggestion. I have been using that technique in a solution for tracker a senior around the home to see how much time they are spending in certain areas of the home like; bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, living room. It what I call a "Where's Waldo" approach, in that it relies on the last detected motion to be the person's location. This technique is also used by commercial companies such as Best Buy Assured Living in the US, Billycare in Australia, and MySense in the UK... just motion and contact sensors to track ADLs (Activities of Daily Living). I will give your an idea a test as the concept of couch motion sensor "loss of detection" would no longer be issue as the couch potato timer would continue to run unless reset by a motion sensor in another area. I could use your help in the piston area on this as I need a way to start that couch timer but NOT have it reset by addition motion trigger on the couch. I have had problem with a piston be retriggered on couch motion and the timer never finishing. Also, I would need a way to only start the couch timer when its the current area to be triggered, but not re-triggered. My workaround was to use variable indicating the timer state and using that as a condition to allow couch timer trigger My problem is that for a "couch potato" solution its very difficult to properly mount contact sensors or to properly position PIR sensors to only pickup motion related to a person on the couch. They tend to pick up other motion in the room would could be considered "still on the couch" even though they got up to stretch. I have found it very difficult to focus the PIR sensors as was hoping that this camera would help. I also tried some Nest cameras which offer 4 activity zones, but unless I mount them on the ceiling its hard to prevent "walk through triggers" in their field of view. I have also been testing some ultrasonic distance sensors which actually work great detecting a person getting close to an area like walking up to s stove, sink or fridge, but are unreliable for detecting a sitting person verses an empty couch I'm still working on a pressure pad solution that is dependable and comfortable. edit... I forget to mention this is a two person household, so I need to NOT detect her husband walking around as an indication that she got up from the couch Thanks, Frank
  5. Hi Tony, You certainly are right about those who are blind being able to memorize and find their way around their own home. In the case of the person I'm setting this up for she is also suffering from severe memory loss and forgets the home layout. She lives with her husband, so this is just a way to give he a bit of independence and to give him a break In regards to the Wi-Fi microwave, I haven't tried it but there is an Alexa microwave and smart oven https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07894S727/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_BMCYDb9A22009 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07XSCBSN5/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_qOCYDb4B5BS0E Oh, that photo is of a very thin closure sensor for patio door that is mounted slider door Frank
  6. I also use virtual switches and virtual contact closures for interfacing with Alexa Routines. This would be a real problem unless SmartThings maintains a way to create them
  7. I have been testing the SmartThings Vision camera as a potential device for detecting a person sitting in a couch too long http://Samsung SmartThings Vision https://www.samsung.com/au/mobile-iot/smartthings-vision-u999/ While it does a great job of person detection, it works best with a full body view. At SDC19 the SmartThings representative said they count on 60% of the body. In my testing, the camera is not very good at detecting stationary persons, exhibiting the same characteristics as normal PIR motion sensors in that they are tuned to detect motion. In fact, my testing with combination PIR/RF sensors had the same characteristics. Here is a sample video https://youtu.be/EGd1hzdAFY8 Note that it does very well when I’m standing, fair when I’m sitting, as long as I kept moving, poor when I’m stationary
  8. @Larry Underwood If you have a way to contact Adrian can you ask him what the plans are for Virtual Switches as they are currently in Smart Apps which he mentioned in the video as going away with Rules API? He was asked a lot of questions about the transition in the Q&A, but the attendees questions weren't audible
  9. Hi Tony, I'm sorry to hear about your diminishing eyesight, but I do have some suggestions for you. Since you are an iPhone user, There is a great app called Microsoft Seeing AI (yes Microsoft for IOS...) that one of my clients loosing her vision found very useful. If you use it, please post some feedback https://technology4seniors.com/vision I also just posted a "room navigation buy ear" solution that might be of interest. Its pretty crude right now, but I'm working on other waypoints with better non-wearable presence detectors for locations such as Stove, Fridge, Sink. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYsY-BOeZsA In regards to patio door sensor, I found a really interesting model that might work on your door. Please post a picture and maybe someone has a working solution I'd be interested to see what others come up with in the way of front door locks. I have both Schlage and Kwikset electronic deadbolts. The Kwikset is voice controlled by Alexa, but for unlock you have to also say a PIN for security. Here is a tip for a little known feature called audio descriptions which will description what is going on in a video when no actors are speaking https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2ocyNFBvZQ Frank
  10. Here is a project I have been refining for a while and will finally get to deploy it to a person in Arizona this January. She is totally blind and very forgetful and the path from her couch to the bathroom is quite involved. Here are a couple of videos where I've staged it in my house: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYsY-BOeZsA&t=2s This solution uses Alexa for the nice big Echo Buttons and reasonably priced speakers (Echo Dot) along with Samsung SmartThings Webcore providing the logic and SmartThings motion sensors paired with the SmartThings Hub
  11. Here is the list of info given to SDC 19 attendees https://www.samsungdeveloperconference.com/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=sdc2019&utm_content=EMAVIVTH&utm_term=videos
  12. Here is a video of the Bixby section at the SDC19 event https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjI-E9Ze2KE Check out the import of data tables to build a capsule
  13. Hi Larry, I love his description of what it currently takes to setup WebCore... Frank
  14. Good catch! Looks like they dumped a bunch of SDC19 videos out there now https://www.youtube.com/user/SMInnov8/videos
  15. Thanks... It's been an interesting transition as I move from focusing on Amazon Alexa to Samsung Bixby and Samsung SmartThings. Somethings are easier, some are harder
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