Tag: Developers

Recap: University of Michigan’s Makeathon

In the corridors and classrooms of University of Michigan’s Art & Architecture Building, hundreds of students spent this past weekend experimenting, innovating, and making.

This was not your typical hackathon; the second-annual Makeathon was focused on hardware, but not just the electronic form. Laptops were surrounded by wire cutters, acrylic sheets, zipties, and hot glue guns. The woodshop, metal shop, 3D-printing and sewing labs were buzzing well into the night.


Students competed in three categories: Health & Wellness, Environment & Energy, Entertainment & Toys.

One project that used SmartThings is called Smartbin.


It’s a small compost bin using a SmartSense Moisture sensor and a SmartSense Temp/Humidity sensor, connected to a SmartApp that is checks every few minutes to make sure the soil doesn’t get too dry or cold. If the levels reach a pre-determined threshold, a series of LED lights illuminate using the Spark core’s cloud API.

We’re going to a lot of hackathons and developer-focused events this year. To keep up to date with where we’ll be, please subscribe to our Google calendar: HTML, iCal.

Here’s a look back at the weekend that was in pics:




4 New SmartApps

One of the most powerful parts about the SmartThings open platform is that it brings together developers from our growing Community and SmartThings customers. When these developers create and submit creative and valuable new ways to use SmartThings, we’ll publish them in the free SmartThings app for all customers to find and use. We call these new Community-created actions and alerts “SmartApps.” Read More

SmartThings-Powered Robot Makes the Perfect Cocktail


SmartThings reminds you to please drink responsibly when controlling robots.

In addition to securing your doors and locks, keeping an eye on loved ones, and triggering your home to automatically adjust to your unique preferences and patterns, SmartThings can also pour you a mean drink.

Juan Pablo Risso, a developer from the SmartThings community, has integrated our platform with the Kickstarter-backed Bartendro to create the ultimate party trick: a robot bartender that will make your favorite cocktail with the push of a button. We took it out for a spin alongside some of our early backers, supporters, and partners inside the #HelloSmartHome at CES last week to see if it could pour us a Bloody Mary or screwdriver on command. Check it out… Read More