Try This: A Car That Knows When You’re Home

You know that warm and fuzzy feeling you get when your family or pets greet you as you step through the front door? Well, what if your whole house could welcome you home? Now it can.

All you need is the SmartThings Arrival Sensor and either some compatible bulbs or lamps that are plugged in to SmartThings Outlets. Then, just use the SmartThings app to set your lights to automatically turn on when you come home. Here’s how:

  • First, use the “Add Device” feature in the SmartThings app to pair your Arrival Sensor, your SmartThings Outlet(s), and one or more connected lights from Philips hue, LIFX, OSRAM, and CREE with your SmartThings Hub.
  • Then, set up a customized “I’m Back!” Routine in the SmartThings app.
  • Next, select the lights or switches that you’d like to turn on.
  • Then, tap “Automatically perform ‘Phrase’ when…” and select the Arrival Sensor you’ll keep in your car, pocket, or keychain.

And… that’s it! Once you’ve set up your “I’m Back!” Routine, it will automatically activate whenever your Arrival Sensor comes within range of the SmartThings Hub. You can also manually activate it at any time by selecting its icon in the Routines section of the SmartThings app.

Welcome home!

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  • Still learning the protocols, how’d you specify that they only come on at night? Sounds helpful though!

    • Off-Field Ltd.

      You’d include a logic. Say, if the car is at home and it is either 6.30pm or the light level (lux value) is below a certain threshold, then the lights should come up. I will begin a series on IoT in mid September and this concept was something I had shortlisted for discussion. My blog is at http://www.offfieldconcepts.com/blog