Quick question: how much does a Zigbee or zwave presence sensor cost? $25 or more?
Another question: how many here have gotten consistent, reliable presence detection on their mobile phones?
One more: what if we could easily track EVERY Bluetooth device we have? Cars, speakers, headsets, phones, computers, etc??
I think it’s possible.
The way would be to turn the thing around. Instead of using my phone as the item doing the Tasker/Sharptools thing, have that function running on an inexpensive Android tablet that runs Smartthings. Enable wifi and Bluetooth on it, and park that tablet near your front door. In Tasker, set up a profile for each BT device you have. So when your iPod comes in the front door with you after your walk, the tablet recognizes its Bluetooth address and fires off the profile. When the BT-enabled car pulls into the driveway, the tablet senses its BT near and fires off the car profile.
So a $50 tablet could, with the right programming, make every BT item in your home a presence. And each BT item could therefore open a lock, turn on particular lights, open a garage…
The tablet could also function as your Smartthings “master control panel”. And you could have it be a photo frame too, so while it’s on your living room corner table doing its job it could also display the pics of your last three vacations and your niece’s wedding.
I’m gonna test it this weekend, using my wifi-only phone in the ‘tablet’ role and my wife’s ipod and my own iPad as the roaming devices.