Web-connected motion sensors enable all kinds of useful applications beyond the old-school security use-case. They can be used for serious tasks uses such as remotely monitoring your aging loved one and logging activity in your home/office or fun home automation tasks like automatically turning on the lights when you enter a room. To be practical, a motion sensor … Continue reading Iris Motion Sensor: Tiny SmartThings Sensors Everywhere
Introduction How much does it really cost to run the HVAC system when you are away? How much does it cost to charge that iPad? Hoverboard? Tesla? You get a monthly energy bill, but do you really know what is draining your dollars? Thanks to the wonderful world of the “Internet of Things”, you can easily … Continue reading How to Monitor Energy Costs in Real-Time (Outlets, HVAC, Tesla, …)
Introduction Multiple analysts have predicted the Internet of Things (IoT) market will add trillions of dollars to the global economy in the next few years. That is a lot of hype! What makes this particular market so valuable? The explosion of web-connected sensors in our homes, cars, kids, pets, everything will give us the ability to know what … Continue reading The Internet of Your Things: Logging Activity in Your Home/Office
You tell me what’s more repulsive: A Styrofoam cup laying on the ground… Photo by jnyemb/Flickr …or a pile of slimy, pulsing mealworms? Photo by OakleyOriginals/Flickr Wait! Before you answer, what if it was more than just one piece of Styrofoam like 33 million tons of it? And what if it wasn’t just cups, but … Continue reading Worms that can eat plastic could save us from destroying the planet.
Introduction Over 95% of people age 75 and older have no desire to live anywhere but their own home and remain independent. If you have an aging loved one, chances of you convincing them otherwise are very slim. You cannot be with them all of the time, and not knowing what is currently happening or … Continue reading DIY: Remotely Monitor Your Aging Loved One (SmartThings + Initial State)
A couple days ago we released a new integration feature between SmartThings and Initial State. With this new integration, we’ve made it super simple for users with a SmartThings hub and connected devices to stream all of the events that the SmartThings device network generates to Initial State’s visualizations. The result is a completely code-free, simple process that … Continue reading Tutorial: SmartThings, meet Initial State