In the thread about a connected alarm clock Dmitry brought up a very good idea. I think it’s worthy of having it’s own thread and discussion. The idea is for your smartphone to be more than just an interface for the SmartApp.
Now we know it will already be more than “just” an interface. It’s also an alert device. Various things will be able to be emailed or texted directly to your phone. But what other things make sense? Three things come to mind for me:
First, a presence FOB. I’m trying to remember if the the hub has bluetooth or not. But I’m sure it has wifi. Of course, both of those things require the user to have those radios turned on, not something everybody does regularly. In a perfect world new cellphones would have a z-wave or zigbee radio in them.
Second, as Dmitry said had SmartThings trigger and alarm on the phone. Not sure an email or text alert. But a loud alarm for various serious events. Like if a connected smoke detector triggers that there was a fire or and open/close sensor opened at 3:00 am in the morning. This would trigger a loud audible alarm from the phone… not something that could be easily missed.
Third, vibration patterns. I envision that certain lower priority events might trigger a specific vibration pattern. For instance, if my kids came home it might send me a text or email, but also my phone vibrates in a pattern, like… two short, one long vibration, which I know means: Kids home. I just feel the buzz, buzz, buzzzzzzzzzzz on my hip and I know what it means. Or maybe if I leave the range of my house and my garage door is open it triggers buzzzzzzz buzz buzzzzzzzz, and I know this means I forgot to close my garage.
Anyone think of anything else?