While playing around in the Labs section I noticed the Sonos connect section and some of the things that it offers such as notifications, audible alerts, etc. Sonos would be great but not at a price tag of $2K after getting all the speakers and bridges. My goal was to have an audio system that I could set alerts to happen if I was sleeping (ie, there’s a flood in the basement, or someone just opened the garage). I don’t know about everyone else but I silence my phone in the evening so I am not awaken by the multitude of iOS alerts that happen all the time.
I searched for awhile and came across a device from some former Googlers. Beep takes the synchronized whole house audio in a different direction, using the speakers you already have. Using a nice high-tech looking volume knob (which is the whole device) it is the source of the audio. I have been in touch with the company already and mentioned the integration SmartThings has with Sonos and passed along the idea of integrating this system as well. I purchased several of the units and am excited for their main use as a whole house audio system, but if they are able to integrate with SmartThings to play alerts then that is icing on the cake! The company is very open to ideas and even proactively reached out to me.
They currently are in a pre-launch kickstarter style mode and offering $50 off each unit ($149 regularly). There are other alternatives such as the Samsung shape but you’re still looking at $300+. If you decide to buy as well, please use my referral link: