I am developing a project I’m calling the Smart Room Controller. It’s essentially become an Arudino clone with built-in features that make interacting with and controlling elements of a room much easier.
The central benefit is its ability to control 12V RGB LED Light Strips. They are cheap and can be hidden almost anywhere. I have them mounted under my kitchen cabinets, under my TV stand, and behind my computer monitors. With modified and standard SmartApps, the system can use the lights in the following ways:
- Flash red and blue when Alarm is activated
- Issue notifications in choice of color and flash pattern from modified Night Light, Notify Me When, and Severe Weather SmartApps
- Color choice selectable from Thing interface on phone
- Color choice selectable from IR Remote
It makes use of the following standard capabilities for compatibility with existing SmartApps:
As I mentioned, it is controllable from a IR remote control as well, for those times when pulling a phone app out would feel like more work than pressing a simple button.
Although not everything is up to date, here is a video of my project in action.