SmartThings Workshop – controlling devices with code: SmartApps #smartThingsUK
18:15 – Struggled to find the place, tucked away with an abstract building number! Massive entrance hall, taken to the lift and sent up, randomly entering a open office space with no one there to greet me… Then presented with free cider and beer on tap! Beer please!
18:30 – And the announcement of a 45 mins countdown with food coming soon! Chicken and chips, don’t mind if I do!
Double whammy, winner!
18:35 – Then as a reward for turning up early, a free t-shirt! I could get use to these events!
18:40 – Countdown, Twitter hashtag feed, slide presentation – looking forward to it getting underway!
18:50 – Certainly a fair number have turned up! Running out of seats.
18:55 – Cue old school 80s groove background music in the shape of Baltimore’s Tarzan Boy! Followed by George Harrison’s Got my mind set on you!
18:56 – Gadgets are now out to have a play – touchy feely time commences!
19.05 – standing room only now, and there’s plenty standing! T-shirts all gone too! Ratio women to men, 6:40, no surprises there then!
19:15 – and we’re off…
Hmm countdowns finished… Hum de hum
19:16 – and we’re off
SmartThings Over from US as part of Techweek UK
Samsung working in collaboration
Ben Edwards – @alttext
Alex Hawkins @ahawkins
Alex, founder and CEO of SmartThings
Majority developers, few designers, one investor, “users”
Background story, 2nd home flooded as the result of frozen pipes, expensive to repair – why does no sensor exist to let me know how the house is doing (April 2012)
Easiest way to turn your home into a smarthome via an open platform
Communicates with Zigbee, z- wave, LAN, Cloud-to-cloud
Explosion of uses
Three core sections – 3rd party developers, device makers, service providers
Withings, sonos, Honeywell, jawbone, etc
Connected IoT benefits – Security / peace of mind, convenience/ entertainment, energy savings
Acquired by Samsung, August 2014
Understand they can’t provide everything for everyone – so have a platform where others can do it for you
Scenarios – gym, office, energy, security, wellness, shopping, medical, auto, fun, factory, home, family, safety, boat
19:30 – Andrew Mager
Hardware is less hard now
Moisture – wet dry
Motion – motion no motion
Acceleration – active not active
device type handler – turns raw message into code so you don’t have to
Device lab in Paolo alto
SmartApps – let users connect devices, actions and external services to create automation – turn off lights when I arrive, make me coffee when I’m in the shower
Written in Groovy
Preferences – inputs and capabilities
Install, update, initialise
Open handler, close handler
You don’t have to have the device to code, virtual devices available to select from and install
User will control via App (pending approval)
Hub (control), App, devices
Host with SmartThings at the moment
Zigbee 300 ft range, devices act as repeaters
Limit – 250 requests per minute at the moment, was put in place to prevent Cloud crashing
How many sensors? – under 12
1,000s of other devices
Sandbox – developers can create whatever they want
Submission process to allow other users to use – 150 device types passed so far
GitHub exists for code sharing
No approval required to use in your own home
New capability requests – constantly coming in
SmartApp templates – list of shared apps, GitHub integration coming soon
Limit on data storage? data coming in can talk to external web services
Control devices with HTTP requests – GET / PUT requests
Mappings – GET / PUT
Apigee.com – authentication
Control Hue bulb from SMS
PostHue/ set hue colour
Demo inviting everyone on to text a mobile number to change the colour of the bulb
Twillo – php scripts runs in the background
Make http requests from a SmartApps
– run update every 5 mins
Goo.gl/XnWYvn – GitHub
3rd party integration- eve, smarttiles, smartrules, smart alarm
Andrew Mager @mager developer advocate
Ben Edwards @alttext community
Alex hamkinson @ahawkinson ceo
Alex Bowker @alexbowker developer relations
Ben davolls @samsungbenuk developer advocate
Alex Stanford-Clark – http://stanford-clark.com/ – the house that tweets – http://stanford-clark.com/house_that_twitters.html
SmartThings whiskey – YouTube – scotch collection with SmartThings http://youtu.be/zh8GBP10Axw
Personality quirks – suit your own individual needs
Waking up in winter – replicate SAD scenarios. Slowly dim lights before bedtime.
Motion sensors for footfall within a store
Sonos – Google translate generates voice file for speech capability; doorbell; weather read out when walk into a room
Rate Limiter to prevent high voltage / overheating – yes, the potential to blow your own up house!
What if your internet fails? Coming in September, the new hub will be able to run locally (v2) plus battery back-up. Both v2 and v1 alert you when offline. Will get more robust in time!
Calibration – motion, accelerometer – limitation at the moment for pattern recognition
Pricing – $20-50 for basic sensors, more expensive for other higher end devices
One sensor to report into multi hubs? multiple hubs in one location is possible
Certified in EU but no local language support at the moment
UK release is imminent
Devices connected to the cloud – no available data at the moment
Hub $99 – cost will reduce over time
Kit with 6 sensors + hub $299
Data privacy? Users own their own data e.g. SmartThings can’t see when your front door is open. Monthly penetration testing to scrutinise data protection
Mandatory patch updates have been carried out previously when security flaws have been discovered
Artik.io – 3 prototypes available but currently oversubscribed at the moment to get your hands on one.
Complete composite devices – garage door relay simulates open / closed
U.S. Time zone Hangout – GMT times coming soon – all published on the developer site. Community is lively and supportive, great resource community.smartthings.com
All in all a great presentation and enthusiastic audience who are clearly keen to get their hands on the hub! Me included!
Now to get my thinking cap on for what I can set-up! Rocky theme tune plays and hallway lights switch on when I open the front door! Step into the bedroom and the lights come on along with the TV ! That’s minimal compared to what SmartThings is capable of! Thinking cap well and truly on!
For more info http://www.smartthings.com/