I have a Down Syndrome daughter living with me and would like to us a variant of the Elder Care Smart Apps to not just send a text, but also turn on or flash a bedside light in another room of the house. I can look through the code but am so new at it, I don’t know where to begin to modify the code or use something else. Any ideas, please. It seems this would be a useful addition.
To be clear, you’re using our app in the marketplace and want that to also turn on a light?
Correct. I’d like to use the Slip/Fall in the Elder Care and not just do a notification/SMS, which might be missed, but also turn on a bedside light in another room or better yet, flash it.
Can you send me an email? I’d like to work with you directly to do this and more if you have any other custom things you need.
There are several ways to do this, and @slagle is a grandmaster coder who can help you with custom solutions.
Meanwhile, if you just want to put a quick solution in place for now, have the text go to IFTTT and then either just have it turn on a light using the SmartThings channel, or have it flash a light using the Phillips hue channel.
I myself am quadriparetic and we use this method to have a Philips light in my housemate’s room turn blue when I enter the front yard and I turn it off again by voice when I’m in the house. That way if I happen to be stuck in the yard, he will know to come help me. ( We use this method because when he’s playing videogames he doesn’t always check his phone. )
So there are a lot of variations you can do with this based on the fact that IFTTT (which is a free service) will recognize an incoming text. And both SmartThings and Philips Hue have IFTTT channels.
You can also have a single text to IFTTT trigger multiple “recipes” so you can have it send you a notification as well as turn on multiple lights, blink just one of them, etc.
I’m sure Tim can give you a much more elegant solution, but like I said, this is just something you can do for a quick fix now.
If you are unfamiliar with IFTTT, the following is a good tutorial:
Thanks for your response and IFFT suggestion. I hadn’t done much of that, but will work with it some. I just tried to use IFFT to call me if a moisture sensor in my sunroom went off and it was pretty cool. Of course I got the regular SmartThings notifications, too. Thanks for the link, too.