[VIDEO] America’s Smartest Home
The Wall Street Journal recently explored what it’s like to live in “America’s smartest home”– a two-story Craftsman where SmartThings’ CEO Alex Hawkinson has breathed life into more than 100 devices to gain convenience, peace of mind, and security.
He says he turns lights on and off at random when he is away. I’m not finding this app?
@alttext:disqus any idea how to setup lights to go on when you’re away based on a previous pattern like he mentioned? I’ve been searching for this and haven’t been able to find it. I found some references to “old” apps that could do this. But am not finding anything in the new interface. I’m on the latest Android version.
@disqus_4JUOekyceo:disqus – I didn’t hear Alex mention lights turning on and off randomly or based upon a pattern. While we certainly want to have an option for that soon, right now automating lights happens when events happen (motion sensed, etc), on a schedule (time or sunrise/sunset), or based on people coming and going. What specifically would you like to do? You can also check out the SmartThings Community site. (http://community.smartthings.com)
I had already spent some time looking for it on the community site, but wasn’t able to. The closest I cam was this app posted there (http://community.smartthings.com/t/app-idea-and-random-feature/1273/2). However it mentions “There used to be. I can’t find it now. It was under security. It was
pretty cool. Instead of random on/off and duration, it used actual
activity from a random day in the past. I’ll see if I can find the app
name and code.”, I was hoping to find that.
Alex appears to mention this as well at 3:45 in the video: “When we’re on vacation it’s going to do things like turn on some of the lights in different sequences as though we’re here. So I don’t have to set a timer or anything for any of that activity, it just knows like what was the previous pattern so it emulates us being here”.
This is basically what I was looking for but have not been able to find on the community site or digging through the mobile app. Essentially, having it remember a previous pattern and then emulate that when I set the home to “vacation” mode.
I actually thought this SmartApp already existed. Not good when the CEO mentions it and no one can find it! ;-)
What light what he using in the kitchen for Notify? It looked small. Small enough to fit into the cubby and be a useful Notify tool.
That is the Phillips hue Bloom light.