Lots of Things
Question: What do a siren, an in-wall light switch, a sleep sensing iPhone dock, and a flood detector have in common? Answer: They are all SmartThings!
Here’s a glimpse into another area where we are making great progress – testing and certification of 3rd party Things. A key part of our vision for SmartThings as an open platform is that it will work with a diverse array of Things that are produced by the open ecosystem to help you make your world smarter bit by bit.
This process will be amplified once we ship out to the myriad of backers who have offered to lend a hand in testing and approval of the many thousands of devices that are already out there. However, in advance of that we have carved off a couple of our team members who have been working through testing and certification of a variety of Things that we know many of you will be interested in. Here’s just a sampling of Things that we’ve already tested and integrated:
In-wall switches and outlets
Once you experience the ability to turn something on and off from anywhere in the world using SmartApps, many of you will want to have it natively integrated into your homes so that the same switches that you or family members use manually can also be controlled via SmartThings. We’ve tested these great examples from GE already, which can be readily purchased today.
On the back of hurricane Sandy, we’ve seen many requests for the ability to detect moisture or a flood from anywhere. We’ve tested this flood detector from Fortrezz. You just place it on your basement floor or wherever you want to detect a flood, install the Flood Watch SmartApp, and voila! We’ll be making this device available to backers as one of the options for your pledge kit.
As an extension to the security category of SmartApps, we’ve seen requests for a siren Thing to go alongside the motion, open/closed, and other sensors that are available at launch. A high-decibel siren can act as a deterrent and an audible alert to you and neighbors in the event of a high priority alarm. We’ve even seen it used as a reminder to get off the X-Box. We’ve tested this siren from Fortrezz. Just plug it in or put batteries in it, and it will be recognized by SmartThings as an option for audio alerts by our safety and security SmartApps. We’ll be making this device available to backers as one of the options for your pledge kit.
In addition to that, we continue to see amazing project submissions every day from the more than 1,000 developers and device makers who have signed up to work with SmartThings.
A great example is the Lumawake iPhone dock. Lumawake is creating a next-generation iPhone dock that charges your iPhone at night while also monitoring your sleep patterns so that you can track how soundly you sleep and wake up naturally when you start to stir. Lumawake will be integrating their dock as a SmartThing such that the events become part of your physical graph. Here are some fun examples of what will be possible:
- Automatically sense when you wake up and turn on the lights, open the shades, and start brewing the coffee. Just like we showed in our Kickstarter video!
- Automatically sense when you go to sleep and trigger your home to enter nighttime mode, turning out the lights, turning on your security SmartApps, etc.
If you like what Lumawake is up to, visit their campaign page and back them to make sure you can get yours when they launch!