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  1. @FrankE can the bulb have a scene associated to it that can create a blink. Then have Alexa trigger the scene? I’m not mr. amazon, so I’m just throwing a dart blindly here. If it helps great, if not feel free to point and laugh at the google kid 😁
  2. @FrankE If I am correct don’t I need to put SmartThings on each phone? Just thinking about the dangers of creating access to ST for my children. I could see them playing around inside the app and causing problems.
  3. @AYL_Brian know of any other ways to turn various phones in to location devices to automate with SmartThings?
  4. @Larry Underwood geofencing has worked well for me with my text alerts letting me know my kids are home. Since I am not Tasker familiar and since my family is a mix of iPhone and Android would tasker still work? If not I could always try the Life360 app as a trigger.
  5. @Larry Underwood I am finally getting ready to purchase this lock. The selling feature to my wife is the concept of the door automatically unlocking as she approaches the door (not using an app but perhaps geofencing). Have you done any of that with yours?
  6. @David I believe @FrankE has you on the right track here. I own a few Meross products and if you go SmartThings the virtual Swift will help with integration, but if you don’t use SmartThings then IFTTT should allow you to do what you are looking for.
  7. @Larry Underwood I think you may have just created the device @FrankE has been searching for since...... well a really long time now. The concept is awesome, now create a few demonstrations of ways to use it and I would bet you could start selling these things easily. Well done sir!
  8. Does anyone have any experience with it? I know it won’t integrate in my SmartThings platform, and it’s Google integration is only ok, but I love the self contained (no cloud) aspect of it. I also love no subscription fee.
  9. I own the Meross outdoor plug which has been great and very reliable. Bulbs are a tricky thing because their brightness and color saturation can vary greatly between different manufacturers. Thanks @Gaztyke and @David for sharing your meross history.
  10. Ok folks I need your thoughts on smart locks. First off my platforms are SmartThings and Google, so I want a lock that integrates with both. I wanted to find a lock that doesn’t have a gigantic brick on the inside of the door, and I wanted to hold off until the new August lock came out because that looked to have a smaller profile, but they don’t seem to have a release date as of yet. So community I am reaching out to you for your thoughts and input. Thank you in advance for any input you can offer.
  11. Does anyone have any reviews to offer on the meross color bulbs? I am looking for some inexpensive color bulbs for my kids rooms. A 2 pack of their bulbs are $15.99 right now. They don't require a hub and work with Alexa, Google, and IFTTT.
  12. @FrankE I created that option before the new if/then options came in to the ST app. Hey you popped in to my head with the presale announcement for the Wyze Band. Alexa built in plus activity tracking for only $25 seems like a great future tool for your work.
  13. I know @AYL_Brian put it out on Facebook for our community to start sharing videos and ideas around how to use our smart home tech to help keep us safer. Now for anyone who is thinking “what are you guys talking about” think about simple things first. For example avoiding surfaces that are frequently touched, like a light switch. Every time we go out to get gas, groceries, or simply to take a walk we touch doors knobs, gas pumps, the touch screen when you are checking out at the grocery store. Then you come back home and turn on the lights, then your spouse turns off the lights. Contact surfaces are a key place for this virus to spread. So think of ways to minimize touching these surfaces. Here is another simple idea that will hopefully get us all thinking of new ways we can use smart home tech to help keep us safe. Put a contact sensor on your mail box so that you can get alerted when the mailman has opened and closed your mailbox. This stops you from checking for mail when there is none, and it keeps you from touching that surface over and over. Have the sensor send you a text message thru IFTTT or make it turn on a light in your house. Whatever works for you and the tech you have. I work for a health system and I promise you every nurse, doctor, administrator, housekeeper, facilities maintenance team member, dietician, and every other hospital employee desperately wants and needs you to do everything you can to limit your exposure. So use your tech, teach others, and help us innovate ways to help keep all of us safer one person and one family at a time. Take care, be well, and look out for your fellow man (or woman 🙂
  14. Out of curiosity what is the goal of this measurement? You know me always looking to learn potential value options from this tech.
  15. My dad has been looking for something new to build to fill his retired time. I’d love to show him this, so I would love to see the details and part listing. On my end of the world I’m interested to see how you end up using it.
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