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  1. 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 🙂
  2. Out of curiosity what is the goal of this measurement? You know me always looking to learn potential value options from this tech.
  3. 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.
  4. @FrankE do you mean on/off as a trigger or power draw as trigger? I just recently purchased one of these plugs and have only used basic timer controls, but I know in the future I will be doing more with them, so I am curious which trigger type you meant. Oh and by the way share that guidance video on the health and safety category here. It really is a brilliant idea that may open people’s minds to new concepts.
  5. I have had similar issues with Wyze. I have found that continuously repeating the configuration of the Wyze cam is the only solution. The issue i have seen is that sometimes the router broadcasts at both frequencies but does not designate them differently when you view them to connect. So remove your phone you are setting up with from the WiFi, reconnect to the WiFi (selecting 2.4 if you can) and then restart the Wyze process. I had to repeat this numerous times at work when I was setting up the Wyze cams for a class I was doing on smart home tech. Good luck.
  6. WebCore is probably your best bet. I use triggers related to my children coming home from school thru WebCore to send a text message to my wife and I. The message is custom and the trigger for each child is specific to them. So for example when child #1 enters my geofence between 3pm and 5:30pm Monday thru Friday SmartThings recognizes them and WebCore sends a text saying “child #1 is home from school”. Then child #2 comes home 30 minutes later the same thing occurs but the message states it is child #2 this time. For your need regarding creating a delay you could have the trigger start a timer inside WebCore and if that countdown comes to its end it would then send the text message. To stop the countdown you could have a button somewhere in your home that would stop the WebCore piston from continuing. @Larry Underwood Does this concept make sense or is than an easier way for him to accomplish this?
  7. If anyone was in need of Tile trackers well here you go https://www.bestbuy.com/site/promo/save-select-tile-trackers
  8. @FrankE any chance you plan to use the flex and light as your new medication reminder system? I’m not an amazon guy, but it was the first thing I thought of when I watched Brian’s product video for these.
  9. Brian W

    Motion Detectors

    @PeL4 hey @AYL_Brian just posted a video from CES that might be the beginning of the in room sensing capability you were looking for. It comes up at the 7:25 mark in the video below. It’s a product called RooMe from a company called intellithings. Here is a link to their website https://www.intellithings.net
  10. Check this out. I know @AYL_Brian has talked about duplicate devices before, but I couldn’t find his video discussing it. Hope this is helpful
  11. I am looking to setup some Wyze cams outdoors for my in-laws. I will be installing under eaves where possible, but not always. So I am looking for recommendations on outdoor housing mounts for the 2 different Wyze cams. The things lingering on my mind are enclosures that cover the lens create better protection, but hamper the night vision capabilities because you have to turn off the IR feature. These enclosure types also seem prone to condensation forming inside the housing, which can again hamper cameras vision, but also cause damage to the camera long term. Enclosures that avoid covering the lens increases the likelihood of direct moisture contact with the camera/lens. But the night vision gets to perform at its best. I’d love to hear any experiences this group has with these things. Thanks in advance everyone!
  12. @FrankE this seems like a great future integration for your projects.
  13. That is awesome. I would love to see that come on line. Now the question is how will the onstars of the world create blocks on the vehicles to prevent the car from playing nice. I can see that kind of thing happening. But I will say this. SmartThings integration in new cars could definitely influence my next car purchase.
  14. Brian W

    Motion Detectors

    Here is a product I know @AYL_Brian had used in his home for similar reasons. This should fit your needs. https://aeotec.com/z-wave-sensor/
  15. @FrankE I don’t have any data related to this kind of thing, but there are a few brave trips thru famous paintings that may work nicely for what you are doing. Here is one that got a lot of posts on Facebook. Good luck with this project As side note I pointed Gwendolyn from Wyze towards your website She was interested in senior smart home tech integrations and I wanted her to learn more about what you do.
  16. I don’t have experience with Hubitat, but I second SmartThings and WebCore integration.
  17. I don’t know he answer to this, but it’s a great question. I’m interested to see what people come up with.
  18. Make sure the strip is assigned to a room (perhaps front patio) in both SmartThings and in Google Home. Then ask google for the temp in the front patio. That should do it.
  19. Brian W

    Motion Detectors

    @AYL_Brian is right. Finding alternative concepts to detecting occupancy is key. I know people have used pressure sensitive mats under seat cushions, motion sensors, and even NFC stickers on a table that you place your phone on top of. If you can add rules thru smart things or webcore along with these tools you can more specifically customize the responses you are looking for. Have fun playing around with some of these ideas and who knows what else you might develop!
  20. @AYL_Brian I can't believe that didn't dawn on me. I guess because my home ST setup is the ST Mesh Wifi system I just defaulted to seeing it as a router only system. Sometimes simple things just slip by. Thanks for chiming in!
  21. Brian W

    Motion Detectors

    @PeL4 welcome to the forum. By all means keep asking this group questions. There is a ton of knowledge here (very little from me, but tons from others). One thing you may want to look in to regarding presence sensing is a company called Walabot / Vayar. They have been working on these kind of products, but I am not sure if they are truly capable of handling your request. Check them out and see if they have something that might fit your needs https://vayyar.com/smart-home
  22. @Gaztyke they definitely could. Frank (who I mentioned above) has actually been working on a few things tied in to wearable tech. I put together a webcore piston earlier this year that sends a text message to my wife and I when our kids arrive home from school. It was tied in to the Life 360 app on their phones, and when they entered the GeoFence around our home between the hours of 2:00pm and 5:30pm M-F, smartthings/webcore sends out a text message stating "Child's name here is home". It was a great way for us to fix the problem of our children forgetting to text us when they got home (especially since they have such different schedules between their schools)
  23. I am creating an educational program that will be meant to travel showing smart home value for senior citizens. One of the things I want to be able to do is show mini live demos as I travel to these different venues, which means I will be connecting to random public WiFi networks and can't connect hubs or bridges in a hard wired manner to a router. Obviously it is easy enough to connect voice assistants in this environment, but I am coming up blank on ways to show lighting and sensor use. It dawned on me that Wyze may be a solution on both fronts, but I have seen a lot of complaints regarding Wyze lights and sensors having issues. So my question to the group is do you have any suggestions or any actual use info related to Wyze that might help me find more comfort in taking a stab at using their products for this project. Some items I won't have to demo like thermostats (just provide videos or pictures), but other items work great for a traveling program like SwitchBot. If anyone has any suggestions of things that they have found particularly beneficial for seniors please feel free to share. I know I have spoken with a few of you about this project in the past, and finally have it scheduled to kick off in June, so I have some time to get all of these demos setup and ready to roll. Thanks in advance for any help or suggestions you can offer.
  24. I thought it might be a good idea to add a health and safety category to the forums. I know @FrankE would have plenty to offer on this topic. It came to me tonight as I put together a new WebCore piston designed around my daughters recent sleep walking adventures. I wanted something that would wake my wife and I but without waking anyone else including my daughter (don’t want to terrify her and startle her possibly causing more danger). So now if the triggers I have designated go off between certain hours the nightstand lamps in my room will blink on and off until stopped, and text messages will be sent to each of our phones (to create a noise without it being an alarm). I may tweak it further and make it not time based but instead make this piston become active based on a routine spoken to my google home devices, but this was a quick start to find a passive solution. I am sure many of us have created automations or have automation concepts revolving around health and safety, and with a new year and so many people focusing on health this may be a good topic to add to these forums. If you are looking for some simple examples of what kind of automations you can develop check out AYL’s home tour of Frank’s home. That video is what took me from mildly automation interested and got me to dive full in to the pool. Here is the link to that home tour :
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