Zigbee/Zwave bulb with speaker


(Daniel Consuegra) #1

Good morning!

I live in Spain, so GH or Alexa are as of right now out of the question (dammit Google and Amazon, get here quick!).

My daughter asked me today to get her an alarm clock… considering the limitation above, I thought of having her current lights turn on and wake her up at a given time… I told her and she agreed… but I want to go a step further… I know there are lights that have a bluetooth enabled speaker in them…

But that doesn’t seem to play nice with ST… right? Correct me if I’m wrong!

So the question I’m throwing at you guys… any news of any zwave or zigbee (trying to stay away from the word WiFI since the wife wants to stay away from it) that I could use in this situation?

Thanks in advance guys!


#2

First of all, nothing bluetooth plays well with ST as there is no bluetooth radio in the hub. For bluetooth devices you need a “middleman” handler.

But for speakers, you have to have something to receive the signal and therefore play it on the speaker. Think of the bluetooth speaker as an extension of your phone speaker. It’s your phone that’s playing the music. Spotify for example is not connected directly to your bluetooth speaker. Same concept here.

There are apps and solutions to be able to play sound through a speaker from SmartThings. Take a look at MediaRenderer Connect


(Daniel Consuegra) #3

So basically, if I have a raspberry pi 3 with bluetooth connected to the light-speaker combo… then all I got to do is add this app and I’m good to go?

I would’ve rather had a zigbee/zwave (EU) bulb but if bluetooth with a RPi is the only way… then so be it… :slight_smile:


#4

No…you have to follow the instructions within the post. Whatever device is connected to the bluetooth speaker has to be running a program that can receive the messages from ST. There are details within the post.

Also, if you’re using RPi, you can just use the analog audio output…you don’t have to connect with BT.


(Daniel Consuegra) #5

I actually hadn’t thought of that… I wanted to keep all my IT equipment in one room… but I guess it won’t hurt too much to carry an audio cable some 15 meters away… :slight_smile: nice…


#6

Plus, regular speakers use less juice.

Although, I am slightly confused why you’re using this as an Alarm Clock solution…if ST or power is down, it will completely fail. Alarm Clock functions is one of those things that I need to not fail. That’s one of the reasons I’ve not brought them into the ST universe yet. But that’s just me personally.


(Daniel Consuegra) #7

Basically, I like to have things on a schedule… whether I’ve got work to do or I’m on holidays or whatever… I need my routine… and SO does my daughter! geez! I dare you to tell her you’re going to do one thing the next day and then tell her on the day that you’re actually going to do something else! even if it’s more exciting! lol

So having ST keep a watch on our calendars will be cool… it will help us both in our routines… be they during weekdays (workdays rather) or off days… or at least that’s my 2018 idea…

I’ve had the luck to have ST fall when I don’t really need it… or when I’m sleeping… but it always comes back up before I need it! :slight_smile: so no worries there!

And back to the first part (the why?) well… because we can! :slight_smile: just as a challenge… :slight_smile:


(Jon) #8

@danielccm why cant you use Alexa in Spain? Can you not order off Amazon Germany or UK?


(Mark) #9

Seems like eventually an outage time will overlap with the time the alarm clock was supposed to go off.


#10

How old is she?


#11

You can use google home or Amazon echo at anywhere as long as you have internet


(Daniel Consuegra) #12

A) hadn’t thought of that option!
B) I’d actually rather go with GH… lol! always choosing the hard path to travel!


(Daniel Consuegra) #13

Or maybe ST will be fully stable by that time! lol!


(Daniel Consuegra) #14

9, does that matter? lol!


(Mark) #15

I like your optimism :grin:

I would say it does. If the alarm clock fails miserably due to a ST platform issue, then it’s really not that big a deal if she doesn’t wake up on time.

Much different than if an adult were going to rely on ST to wake him or herself up to get to work on time at a hospital, for example.


#16

It might, for several reasons.

First, as @marktheknife mentioned, reliability probably isn’t as big an option as it would be for an adult.

Second, several studies have shown many kids tend to be more sensitive to light rather than sound. ( this is why so many parents wake up the kids by opening the curtains, even if the parents don’t know why they’re doing that.) They’ll even sleep through smoke alarms. If you have a hue bridge, you might want to just try their “wake with Light” option. It’s a good one. :sun_with_face:

Third, if she has a smart phone, there are lots of alarm clock apps to choose from. But I’m assuming that at nine she probably doesn’t.

Back to your question… I don’t know of any zwave or zigbee bulbs that have speakers built-in. Just Wi-Fi or Bluetooth options. Striimlight from Awox seems to be a good device, and I know some people have used that one with SmartThings before, but I don’t know if the DTH still works or not:


(Daniel Consuegra) #17

Why didn’t I think of that? LOL! Thanks JD! Actually, I DO know why I hadn’t considered it… Wi-Fi will be turned off in my home at nights in the near future… wife’s worries…

I want to stay as in-the-house as possible… that is… having the most actions happen within ST and having the rest of hubs just act as sort of repeaters… or links to the final devices… be they lights, switches or thermostats (thinking specifically in this case of the Netatmo and my trustworthy RPi)


(Mark) #18

You could setup firewall rules with your router to restrict your kids’ internet access at night but not yours (or any IoT devices that depend on WiFi).

Unless of course your wife worries that it’s you that stays up too late on the internet, not your kids :joy:.


(Daniel Consuegra) #19

The worries are more radio interference/contamination related! As in, what effects does WiFi have over kids or adults?

She read some of those darned anti-WiFi papers… now she wants to disconnect it at nights… ugh…


(Albert Kleyn) #20

Turn off all the lights on the router and pretend it is off ? I know, I know… a wee bit risky to counter command " She who must be obeyed" but… it might work ??? Just tell her… wifi is cheap… good husbands are rare and hard to come by. .