Getting an integration between WhatsApp and SmartThings/webCoRe was something i have been looking for. The main purpose for this was to get a message whenever the last person leaves the home, to get a whatsapp message notifying if there are any lights or switches left on and with a reply, it can then turn it off.
Another main use was to send a “Status” message and get feedback about my house that i feel is important like the current weather at home, light and switches that were on, who was at home, etc. This integration helps me with this.
This was always doable on the ST app…but for me, the app is just so laggy hence messaging is so much more easier - that way i don’t have to stare at the phone while the app refreshes.
The steps are generally very simple to follow. And if you have been using webCoRe, this gets even more simpler. There are quite a few steps, but pretty easy and straight forward. The best part is that there is no SmartApp or DTH to install!
I’ve written a detailed walk through on how to get this done over on my blog (it has got basic piston sample on how to receive and send messages, if the below piston is a little ‘long’!):-
Here’s a sample of my piston (once all the twilio stuff has been done). The piston also sends a message to whoever leaves the house about the lights/switches that are still on. I can also send a message with the below commands to do stuff…
Off - will turn all lights and switches off.
Status - weather over at my house and who is at home
Sleeping - check who is sleeping (working with webCoRe presence sensor)
Wake up $name - wakes the sleeping person up (as sometimes my son forgets to activate his wake up automation).
What great pistons can you build with this?