I believe that the addition of motion sensor(s) can be helpful in a few ways.
- It could assist in driving operating modes. (Reference: Operating Modes) . The sensor could provide useful information to the system in determining if someone is home and the unit should remain “on”, if not, power down the display/device to reduce energy usage and prolong the life of the device.
- Gestures, the motion sensors could also be useful to allow users to interact with Tidbyt. e.g. wave to the right — show the previous app, wave to the left — show the next app, wave down — turn off the display.
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I actually kind of did this… I have an Ecobee room sensor to go along with the thermostat. I have it set up so when there is motion in the room, HomeKit makes a URL request to a script I wrote that uses Tidbyt’s API to turn the brightness up to like 20. When it no longer detects motion or that the room is occupied, a similar script runs that turns the brightness down to 1. It would be nice if I could turn off the display altogether, but this seems to work well.
Any chance that could be added to a Google home routine or ifttt? I have a “Goodnight” command I use, would be cool if it dimmed the display.
Hey, are you skilled enough to create an Ecobee app with their API? I am looking into this and a search got me here. It would be great to have an app that posts indoor temp, RH, and status from the thermostat and sensors.
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