Tag: SmartApps

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.

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

One project that used SmartThings is called Smartbin.

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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:

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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

5 New SmartApps

One of the most powerful parts about the SmartThings open platform is that it brings together developers from our growing Community who create new ways to use SmartThings, and consumers who want to use them. When these developers create and submit new platform applications, or rulesets — what we call SmartApps — we’ll publish them in the free SmartThings app for all customers to find and use.

Today, we wanted to highlight five brand-new SmartApps that were created by members of the Community and that are now available in the SmartThings app for anyone to use. Read More

Better Parenting with SmartThings

Bryan purchased SmartThings to help automate his lights, save energy, and control the temperature in his home from anywhere. But over time, the greatest benefit of SmartThings has been one that he never expected: helping he and his busy wife with their two young children. Read More

Meet a SmartThings Developer: Eric Roberts

We’re proud to support a growing community of developers who collaborate with each other and invent new ways to use SmartThings. This community is propelling the open platform for the Programmable World.

In the latest installment of a series shining the spotlight on developers in the SmartThings community, we’re going to get to know Eric Roberts, who’s something of a Renaissance man. When he’s not teaching or playing music, he enjoys customizing SmartThings in some pretty inventive ways–like creating “The One Thermostat to Rule Them All.”


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