Looking for some creative ways and how you’re using http commands with SmartThings in your home automation to do some really cool stuff.
I don’t think this is particularly creative, but it’s very practical… I have an IBeacon receiving station app, Beecon +, that can do webhooks.
So I use the IFTTT webhooks Service/channel to get integration with smartthings that way, including turning on a virtual presence sensor. Fast and easy and no real programming required.
You should also ask your question in the webcore forum, there’s some interesting stuff being done over there.
Cool. Why the beacons over any other presence sensor?
Lots of discussion on this in the presence threads, but basically I wanted to set the size of the detection zone pretty small. I use a wheelchair and I have what I call the bus stop problem: The bus stops about half a block from my house and it could take the driver several minutes to get me unloaded. I don’t want my “I’m home” routine to start until I’m just about at my front door.
At the same time, I had terrible problems with the SmartThings arrival sensor. I worked with SmartThings support for months but we never could get it straightened out.
With the Ibeacons, I can set the detection zone to be right around 3 m, the length of the wheelchair ramp at the front door, so it works very well for my purposes.
I have a radbeacon. I was using g it with my iPhone with the dedicated app but since switching to Android 9 haven’t really used it.
I use a lite http server (HAM Bridge) that executes scripts on my server. Scripts do everything from controlling iTunes for playing music, barking dogs, and alarms… to controlling A/V gear through Global Caché iTachs… to setting up whole house scenes and complex schedules using the Calendar app.
Id be curious how you setup your alarm. I was going to use a Fire HD + Lannouncer / Big Talk
Alarm sounds, barking dogs, halloween sounds etc. are stored on a Mac Mini server in iTunes. Audio gear (main downstairs system, upstairs system, garage/back deck system, and 2 large University horns mounted behind attic vents) are controlled via infrared over ethernet using Global Caché iTachs (they also have wifi versions). The audio is directed to the various systems via AirPlay.
HAM Bridge executes Python scripts for iTach control, and AppleScripts to direct audio output and select sound files or playlists.