I wanted to share a success story for using my Robomower with SmartThings.
I have a Robomower RL850. It’s expensive, but not so expensive that it comes with a docking station. So whenever it finishes, I need to go outside and bring it back in.
That’s the catch – I don’t know when it’s finished. It typically takes 1.5 - 3.5 hours to run, depending on the state of the battery and height of the grass. But it also occasionally gets stuck, something which I don’t typically notice for a few hours.
There’s also some days where I forget about it altogether.
One day I was reading through the list of SmartApps, and got the bright idea that the Robomower may not be all that different than the laundry, as far as SmartThings is concerned, as it’s just looking for vibration.
So I tried that – I bought the new SmartSense MultiSensor that can detect vibration, and I installed the Laundry Monitor SmartApp. I attached the MultiSensor on top of the Robomower, and had it begin mowing the lawn.
And wouldn’t you know it, the laundry sensor gladly tells SmartThings when the Robomower stops, as there’s no more vibration.
One of my initial concerns was that I wasn’t sure how the device would handle being outside, away from the SmartThings hub. There haven’t been any connectivity issues though.
I’ve tried it a few times over the last few weeks, it’s been working great!
Just thought I’d share – have a good one!