One of my favorite things about home automation is simplifying repetitive tasks. Before SmartThings and WebCoRE, I had a list of things I would do prior to having a party. Things like make ice, shut off the Ring Chime, set the temperature, disable presence light sensors in the main party area, and unlock doors. Read the rest of this entry »
Ring has retired their Windows Phone app, so I have used WebCore, IFTTT to simulate some of the functionality. At the same time, I am working towards less notifications and being less governed by my screens. So when the app was working (I do have it on a spare Android phone), it has a Snooze Feature which is pretty nice. Read the rest of this entry »
I really like my Ring Stickup Cameras (sadly no longer on the market) and Ring Floodlight Camera. They are all fairly good video quality, charged by solar panels and generally pretty good quality. They are all tied into a single Ring Chime which alerts me when there is motion.
I work for Microsoft, and most of my day is spent at home on conference calls. I started to think, there might be a good reason for me to connect my calendar (in Office 365) to SmartThings, so that I could say turn music down before I get into a call, or maybe stop my Roomba running. Read the rest of this entry »
Still very much liking the new Ring Alarm System. Still lacking in supported third party integration into home automation systems like SmartThings. But since I worked out how to get my home automation system to at least be aware of the state of the Ring Alarm system, I thought I would work on some minor automations. Read the rest of this entry »