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  1. FrankE

    Motion Detectors

    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/
  2. hmm, note sure why... It does for me in various browsers in the US... Maybe try the FAQ in support?
  3. 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?
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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”
  9. 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/
  10. I was wondering of anyone else had run into any issues with the Flex Motion Sensor. I had to return a couple because they were intermittent and now I just had one get stuck "on" … 4 Days! I really like the form factor as it gives me a clean solution for seniors and no batteries to worry about One small problem is that it takes 40 seconds after it detects motion and the motion is gone before it can detect again, unlike the SmartThings motion sensor which is ready in 15 seconds after loss of motion
  11. 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/
  12. I asked my Samsung Developer Support contacts for one and they say they have no information... Just like the Galaxy Home Mini speaker that I keep asking about. There is a lot of interest in Ballie in the Bixby Developer group, although we didn't see any direct mention of Bixby... but Samsung has promised to put it in all their devices. As a long-time proponent of personal assistant robots for seniors, I have looked at quite a few and even bought some. The closet to Ballie is the bowling ball sized one from LG in 2016 that never materialized. https://www.engadget.com/2016/02/21/lg-g5-friends-vr-headset-rolling-bot/?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZW5nYWRnZXQuY29tLzIwMjAvMDEvMDYvc2Ftc3VuZy1yb2JvdC1iYWxsaWUtc21hcnQtaG9tZS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAACpZS2FEb0OPipVOmjO63x2HKV4BnAI52d1HuWGxgRYgZVVS0AtpktYTSTjlrff2PFnX52gvffwFDnMH2oaUTrIIK8pMqeq_pO2T2vkdpZaC8FiG6waXNg0A3zsDe27Q2Z6cKyq3vLTu_kBuHE38jjYLdhR7n3Ia6tDEAVO1xn6P Does anyone remember the ASUS Zenbo? … never happened https://www.engadget.com/2016/02/21/lg-g5-friends-vr-headset-rolling-bot/?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZW5nYWRnZXQuY29tLzIwMjAvMDEvMDYvc2Ftc3VuZy1yb2JvdC1iYWxsaWUtc21hcnQtaG9tZS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAACpZS2FEb0OPipVOmjO63x2HKV4BnAI52d1HuWGxgRYgZVVS0AtpktYTSTjlrff2PFnX52gvffwFDnMH2oaUTrIIK8pMqeq_pO2T2vkdpZaC8FiG6waXNg0A3zsDe27Q2Z6cKyq3vLTu_kBuHE38jjYLdhR7n3Ia6tDEAVO1xn6P Anyway, I'm interested in your Use Case ideas for a Senior Companion Robot... please share them I personally have been testing Segway Loomo https://store.segway.com/segway-loomo-mini-transporter-robot-sidekick?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI4ZK85uL25gIVhsDACh0DdAz1EAAYAiAAEgJBgfD_BwE and Kuri … gone out of business... similar to Ballie as it just "chirps" http://heykuri.com/explore-kuri/ and Temi https://www.robotemi.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI7b63t-L25gIVgcBkCh2bQQyPEAAYASAAEgI2q_D_BwE Frank
  13. Hi Brian, Thanks for the link and the referral. I have been playing around with a few VR headsets now and come to conclusion that the type where you put your phone into it is too much of a setup process for my "clients" . I did see a video on where someone was going to try to make this a business where they would go into nursing homes and setup an "event" to handle the setup and demo and charge a monthly fee https://youtu.be/h4AnJhAYWdQ I've been searching for a full list of Google Assistant voice commands that you can speak when using YouTube. I'm trying to make this as simple as possible with having the users manage a hand-held " control. One if my first discoveries is that the videos want to move your head or body around quite a bit for a good view of the surroundings.... 180 degrees! There seems to be no control of the viewing position like there is on a PC where you can adjust the viewing "zero-degree" position. What I mean is the normal view position could have you looking right into the face of the person making the video rather than what they are trying to show you unless you stand up and turn around 180 degrees
  14. @Brian W… thanks for suggesting this forum and @AYL_Brianfor so quickly implementing I'd like to discuss an idea I've had for quite some time but never have implemented. After seeing the tremendous impact music from their era can have on dementia sufferers, including my own wife, I wondered about the impact of being able to experience things when mobility is limited. https://youtu.be/O5z6pm8M_68 https://youtu.be/fyZQf0p73QM I've thought about VR headsets, but every demo I had seen was always "action" type games or some simulated scenery that the individual need to control through handheld controls. Recently I found these 360 degree videos on YouTube that guide you a "live experience" rather then one you control on your own. You still can look around and up & down, but you path is fixed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OarX3jxIdx https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKWWhf8RAV8 You can actually try the experience on your smartphone and note that you can look all the way around and up and down. I was wondering of anyone had tried this on seniors, especially those suffering from dementia My goal would be to automate the setup of this so that a senior could just place it on their head and ask Alexa/Google/Bixby to play their desired episode. The current setup requires someone to configure the video for them using the built in controls. Maybe in a group home setting they could all experience it together or even remotely with their family as it is possible to see what they are seeing on a TV Frank
  15. yep. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KXQ85NW/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_LJndEbG9E279W
  16. its not small, but a Ring floodlight camera light can be remotely turned on or maybe these Ring outdoor lights?
  17. can you give more details on the Use Case? Is it a light you want to enable during a power outage? Remote control the flashlight on your phone?
  18. Over the years I've used Alexa, I have found that the ESP feature seems to be getting worse in that the Echo across the room will respond to my command rather than the one next to me. Although they both hear me, the remote one will respond to command instead of the near one. HOWEVER, it testing the new Echo Flex devices which I have sprinkled around the home as part of my "pathfinder project", is seems like although the all light up in response to the Wake Word, the closest one actually processes the command… just want I always wanted I'm interested in the experience of others
  19. Here is my new mounting location so that I can determine "direction of travel" . Note that the body of the Echo Flex acts as a "blinder" on one side to help focus the detection area now, they just add in Larry's piston.... 🙂
  20. Hi Jennifer, It's my fault!! In reviewing the instructions I originally posted, I neglected to say to install the free "Notifications for Fire TV" app on the Fire TV... Yikes! I just updated the above instructions in the post I'm very sorry for the frustration Frank
  21. Yep.. Brian was the only one I know who saw this. I just looked at it myself and it actually does work. As soon as you pair a Wyze Motion sensor with the Wyze camera, the Alexa skill picks it up and you can use it as a trigger in an Alexa Routine Brian... you are Da Man...update- building off what Brian found, I added a Wyze motion sensor on top of the Echo Flex light to make a combo unit My plan is to not only implement "follow-me lighting" but rather "guide-me lighting" where a webCoRE piston can determine which way the senior is going from all those sensors and light the path in front of the senior... bed to bathroom … bedroom to living room... living room to bathroom... etc
  22. Yep.. Brian was the only one I know who saw this. I just looked at it myself and it actually does work. As soon as you pair a Wyze Motion sensor with the Wyze camera, the Alexa skill picks it up and you can use it as a trigger in an Alexa Routine Brian... you are Da Man...
  23. are you saying that the two devices don't need to be exactly the same? That is great news, as I thought that was a requirement
  24. Hi David, Thanks for the tip about Fire TV Edition TVs. I am really liking my 3rd Gen Dot stereo system when sitting on the couch. I have been surprised by what I though was a noise in the room, when it really was just an "activity sound" from the TV show coming out of the far speaker, e.g. someone walking by on the left side of the screen when I was watching the main character on the right side of the screen... Never would hear that with TV speakers Frank
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