Here’s the most creative smart-ish thing I’ve seen.
Security drones that are launched to investigate and document intrusions.
My favorite in this category is the Naran Prota Push microbot. As the company says, it’s a tiny robot finger. All it does is push a button on command. (Or pull one up if you stick Velcro on both parts.) but it’s a way of adding smarts to older devices without having to do any rewiring.
I have one on a small blender which has a button which is particularly hard to press for me (I’m quadriparetic) and another on the eject button on my very old DVD player, which didn’t have an automatic eject button at all.
They’re popular for people who have a fancy coffee maker that they just love that which needs a physical push to start.
They’re not cheap: about $240 for the starter set (bridge and three microbots), but they’re engineered well, have their own IFTTT service/channel, and solve a problem that can be very difficult to solve another Ways.
You might also take a look at the “impress your friends” project reports list in the community – created wiki. There’s a lot of very cool stuff there.
For a laugh I rigged a relay so I can activate the bidet on my smart toilet using an Echo Dot.
“Alexa, turn on butt wash”
If I ever get around to installing EcoSistant I’m sure I can make it more intuitive.
“Alexa, wash my butt”
One day I’ll fit another relay so I can blow dry too!!
Also thinking about hooking up the heated seat (warm up when I get out of bed etc) and pressure sensors (flash lights if spending too long).
You may all laugh but it’ll pay for itself in paper savings within a year!!
I’ve been making that argument to the boss for years. No go, still doing it by hand.