I’m on their beta list and mine should be shipped the 21st of this month (I suspect I’ll have it the middle of the following week). I’m sure there will be lots of kinks to work out (hey, it’s beta), but that’s one of the first things I plan on doing- Configuring it to work with my SmartThings system. It may not be ready at this point but if it is, it certainly provides the ST platform with a broad new range of devices. Sure you could do cloud to cloud API calls to configure some WiFi routers, end devices (e.g. Nest etc.) but being able to control a WiFi connected end device with a Spark Core in it doesn’t hold you to the Zigbee/Z-Wave limit, or allows you to connect a “thing” the manufacturer may have not intended. Somewhat like the ST Arduino shield but with WiFi. Some sites I work with have a campus-wide WiFi footprint using things like and ST integration would be awesome, yet building out a Zigbee/Z-wave mesh on top of an already existing WiFi mesh just doesn’t make sense.
I don’t have any major ideas yet but I’m starting to pencil a couple of things down now that I know it’s on the way… definitely looking forward to a remote/wireless IDE. Being a traditional C programmer I’m not 100% on board with the web-based IDE idea yet, but I have to admit the SmartThings IDE has changed my perspective on that, while also proving how powerful it is to tap a button and have a new app/device pushed to my account. That approach to programming (e.g. being able to debug and write code for a motion sensor screwed into a wall 50ft away) is a huge leap forward in my opinion and also something both of these projects have in common.