WhizScreen was build with SmartThings in mind. Many of us at WhizScreen have SmartThings at home and we are using it mostly for security reasons. Our main use case is to alert us in case of an intrusion. However even thought most of us have a siren component connected to our SmartThings hub no-one is actually using it. I mean no one triggers a siren in case of a motion sensor detects motion – i.e. in case of intrusion. Why? simple, false positives. Somebody wakes at night and triggers the sensors, the system does not disarm itself when somebody comes home etc. Now, sounding this annoying siren in case of those false-positives is not a good idea, this is why each of us has to improvise on how to solve the problem – but no one has come up with a good idea, that is until WhizScreen.
So how WhizScreen can help? Simply, when SmartThings alerts on an intrusion WhizScreen can be programmed to show a scary message on your screen (with a scary image). This way in case of a false-positive no harm is done and you know that your system is working properly. However, in case of real intrusion, the bad guy will know that you are watching as all your always-on screens will show a message that is directed to the burglar (“we see you”).
Ok, now how does it work? We have developed a simple WhizScreen app for SmartThings, it is currently cannot be found on the SmartThings marketplace but you can download it from here and install it for your own usage. How?
- Visit http://developer.smartthings.com/ and signup (or login) with your account.
- Choose “create your own apps,” and fill in the form to create your app.
- Copy our SmartThings app code from here: http://app.whizscreen.com/smartthings_code.txt
- In the code definition textbox, copy our code and paste it into the box (replace the old code).
- Click the “Publish -> For Me” button
- Open you SmartThings app on your phone/tablet, visit the Marketplace, SmartApps tab and scroll to the bottom of the page, choose the My Apps option
- You should see your app there – just install it and follow the on-screen instructions
You can learn more on the SmartThings developers site http://docs.smartthings.com/en/latest/getting-started/first-smartapp.html