Finally, beacons for SmartThings
Detect new beacons nearby
Then register them as new devices in SmartThings
And use them to build new rules
Due to changes in the SmartThings interfaces and a lack of resources, BeaconThings is not currently available for use. We hope to get it working again with some great new features. We will update here when those changes become available. Thanks for your understanding.
BeaconThings is a simple app to let you integrate iBeacons into your SmartThings smart home. With BeaconThings, you can get more reliable, and more specific location information. Spread some beacons around your home, register them with BeaconThings, and it will tell SmartThings when you're nearby. For each BeaconThing your register, a device is added to SmartThings that can be used with SmartRules, or custom SmartApps, to trigger events.
BeaconThings are organized into "Places" and "Areas". An area is one specific location, like "Kitchen", and is specified by one specific beacon. Areas map to the "minor" field of the beacon. A place is something like "Home", or "Work", and would typically contain multiple areas. This maps to the "major" field of the iBeacon. When setting up your home, you'll configure your beacons with the BeaconThings UUID (specified in the app), and then choose a unique major value for each place, and unique minor values for each area. When any of the areas in one place are detected, then that place is "present".
Once you've registered your BeaconThings, you never need to open this app again. It will do its work 100% in the background with no user interaction required.
To minimize battery drain, BeaconThings only uses iBeacon monitoring. This means that it won't tell you whether you are inches from the beacon, or 20 feet away, only whether or not the beacon is detected in range. When you need to detect a limited range, just use an iBeacon with configurable power settings.
BeaconThings works great with our rule building app, SmartRules. Together, you can create rules that get triggered when your beacons are in range.
NOTE: BeaconThings does not currently work with multiple devices associated with the same beacons. This will be a future enhancement.
Our personal favorite beacons are the RadBeacons from Radius Networks. They have proven to be reliable, customizable, and easy to use. Pair these with an outlet with builtin USB ports, and no one will even notice it's there.
BeaconThings will also work with any other standard iBeacons.