Funded! This project was successfully funded on September 22, 2012.

Update #22

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.

Outlet 1, Outlet 2, Switch

Flood sensors

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!


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      Creator Harry on January 4, 2013

      How much will ThingShield's cost for people making small batch projects? I.e if I wanted to make 1 or 100 units how much would it add to my BOM. Thanks.

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      Creator Patricia B on December 20, 2012

      I think this is going to be great but if you keep adding things we're never going to get them! Any idea when these will actually ship?

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      Creator fmotta on December 17, 2012

      @All - I love the ideas that are being proposed and think they are excellent. Having been a developer and project manager I also know about "feature creep" that can often delay the delivery of the initial feature set.

      May I suggest that these can be deferred to future releases?

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      Creator Jay on December 16, 2012

      @Carlos US z-wave devices do not work in EU because they use a different frequency

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      Creator Leonid Yankulin on December 15, 2012

      As a follow up to my earlier post, would this specific detector work?

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      Creator Leonid Yankulin on December 15, 2012

      I'm interested in smoke alarms that will work with smart things. My house does not have an interconnected system, and if the fire starts in the kitchen, I'll die in my sleep before I hear it. Having any smoke/CO alarm sound the general siren would be a great feature.

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      Creator Carlos de Aracil Arcos on December 13, 2012

      When you begin testing EU z-wave devices you can find lots of them here:
      I'm specially interested in knowing if american devices would work in EU and vice versa

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      Creator Phil on December 12, 2012

      Any thoughts of partnering up with Door Bot?

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      Creator Martijn Snels on December 12, 2012

      Have you guys tested EU sockets as well?

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      Creator Matt Burrows on December 11, 2012

      Any chance you guys will be working directly w/a compatible outlet or wall switch maker to offer the items at a discounted rate for SmartThings backers?

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      Creator Paul Shabian on December 11, 2012

      Does Lumawake need to add a special sensor inside the dock to perform the body sensing? Or just iPhone alone can do it?

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      Creator Ben on December 11, 2012

      If you guys do start looking at security cameras, please be sure to have at least one MJPEG camera. The H.264 only cameras aren't compatible with many iphone apps. Sharx, Foscam, Geovision, etc all have MJPEG models. iCam by SKJM is my favorite. Trigger an email with a few jpegs would be great

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      Creator Remi D. Finjord on December 11, 2012

      @Sean: The dock is made by those other people, not by SmartThings, you'll have to ask them about it. ;)

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      Creator Remi D. Finjord on December 11, 2012

      @Paul: The body sensing seems reasonable enough, I have been using an app that does the same thing by having the phone on the mattress next to my pillow, but the way they are planning to do it also seems reasonable to me. The rest of the promises is by hooking into SmartThings or the like, and that seems reasonable enough too. :)

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      Creator Sean Richards on December 11, 2012

      could you guys please look into making the dock for Android.

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      Creator Paul Shabian on December 11, 2012

      Question about Lumawake:do you think they can deliver all the features they promise,especially the body sensing part? Did you have any prototype from them to work on and integrate with SmartThings yet?

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      Creator Julian on December 11, 2012

      Home security cameras are a must. Huge demand for them. HD quality but will alert you to motion and have a DVR capability (Similar to Dropcam but without their yearly DVR service fee). Count me in for 5 if possible.

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      Creator Phil on December 11, 2012

      @jim, that would be cool to have events trigger the camera. Live streaming would be awesome (Think someone ringing the door bell and being able to get a notification and see who it is)

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      Creator Eric Schuld on December 11, 2012

      Awesome! The switches are now officially added to my Christmas wish list. Thanks for the update! :)

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      Creator Chris B on December 11, 2012

      Love having a wall switch as an option right out of the gate! Fantastic.

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      Creator Jim Lewallen on December 11, 2012

      This is cool; it's great to see these options coming. I may try to just use motion detectors outside around the entry points to the house - but it would be cool to get a camera that was programmable enough that we could trigger it to start recording remotely, etc.

      I'm also daydreaming about Windows 8/Windows Phone support, but not sure if this is even on the priority stack at all or not.

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      Creator Derek C on December 11, 2012

      Phil: +1

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      Creator Phil on December 11, 2012

      Thanks for the update. It's awesome all these things will work with Smart Things, allowing us to have control of our house without actually being there. Any word on cameras that will work with Smart Things? That will be the ultimate way of knowing what's going on.

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