Smart Living Made Easy: Our New Simple Project Editor
Coming up with home or workplace automation routines that do exactly what you want them to do has now become a lot easier. Because our revamped and simple project editor now lets you set up smart devices and services in an even more straightforward way. We explain how to do it, and also show you when continuing to use the advanced version of our editor for your projects is the way to go.
Smarten up Your Life and Workplace One Project at a Time
Using our platform to come up with smart home or workplace automation set-ups puts you in the driving seat. Because it’s you who decides how smart devices and services need to interact. This involves using sensor readings to trigger actuators that make smart devices and services execute pre-set routines or processes. Although using sensors isn’t compulsory, as you can also use action buttons to set off automation routines.
In this context, our project editor serves as a drawing board. Should read editors, actually, since in addition to the existing version, our platform now features another project editor that both simplifies and speeds up putting together home automation projects.
What Our Simple Project Editor Does
The simple editor version is primarily aimed at automation routines that consist of two elements only, namely, one sensor and one actuator. This enables limiting the editor’s user interface to the essentials, opting for a highly intuitive and easily comprehensible design that makes editor ready to use.
The simplistic and compact layout of the new editor favours mobile phone displays. However, goes without saying that it works equally well on a laptop or PC.
How to Select the Simple Project Editor
Grab your smartphone, log in to your Conrad Connect account, choose the Project Overview tag, create a new project and, voila, the simple project editor automatically pops up on the screen.
If you put together Conrad Connect automation routines on a laptop or a PC, you will be prompted to choose either the simple or the advanced version of our project editor. Your choice will be saved, and if you log in to your account again later on, you get the version you’ve used during your previous session. Needless to say that it takes one tap or click to swap editor versions whenever you want to.
How to Set Up Automation Routines Using Our Simple Project Editor
- Click/tap “+New Project“.
- You will be prompted to choose a smart device, a service or an action button. Click “Select“.
- Choose a sensor reading or time setting that triggers action. If the menu tag is highlighted in grey, click/tap “Selection“.
- Choose thresholds or limits if applicable (shown in a separate window).
- Pick the device or service that executes the routine. Click/tap “Select” (shown next to the “Choose actuator” tag).
- Choose a device or service from the actuator list. If the actuator you want is highlighted in grey, click/tap “Select”.
- Go back to the project field and select the device or service settings, such as the colour of the light, the preferred temperature etc.
- Now you need to specify the conditions under which the actuator executes the device or service automation routine. This is done by applying gates or threshold values to sensor readings. For instance, do you want the routine being execute only if the gate outcome is TRUE. Or only if the outcome is FALSE? Do you want the system to spring into action if a preset limited is exceeded (ABOVE)? Or if the sensor readings drop below a certain threshold (BELOW)? Or whenever readings fall within a preset range (RANGE)?
- Click “Continue“.
- Enter a project title.
- Optional: Choose a project category and add a description. This enables people to see at once what your project is all about if you decide to share it with other members of the Conrad Connect community. If so, tick the appropriate box.
- Click/tap “Save”. Done.
When to Use the Simple Project Editor
Basically, whenever you want to create an automation project that does not require more than two elements. For instance, if you fit a smart switch next to your printer to set up a Smart Ordering routine. Means, pressing the button results in an online shop of your choice shipping ink cartridges or printer paper to your doorstep. Or what about using the Spotify app to set up an automated playback routine whenever your room air quality meter detects high temperatures or unhealthy CO2 levels? Our simple project editor also helps you make exercising more fun by adding a bit of friendly competition: whenever you’ve reached your fitness goal for the day, your activity tracker sends a message to your friends or training partners, telling them to step up their game if they are still short of exercise.
Below a selection of automation routines that involve two elements only
When to Use the Advanced Project Editor
Automation routines created by using our simple editor aren’t set in stone and may be modified whenever you like. All you need to do is to swap editors. Get hold of your tablet or fire up your PC, log in to your Conrad Connect account, and select the advanced editor in the desktop browser view.
Compared to its simple counterpart, the advanced editor gives you way more options when it comes to more complex home and workplace automation set-ups. First, unlike the simplified version, the advanced editor enables interconnecting multiple sensors and actuators. Moreover, there is the option to apply logic gates to specify how smart devices and services behave under certain circumstances. Really useful if triggering routines is based on multiple requirements that all need to be met, or if ambiguous situations would result in more than just one possible response.
Putting together automation routines using the advanced editor is wholly centred around drag-and-drop action instead of the guided selection employed by our simple version. This allows you to handle a large number of different elements at the same time.
The more complex your project set-up the more important to make sure the connections between elements do actually work. This is why the advanced editor version features a dry run option in the form of a test button. The button pops up whenever you click or tap an element.
Below a selection of complex automation set-ups centred around more than two elements
Conrad Connect Project Editors at a Glance
Already thinking about a new project? Great. Put them editors to good use then. Have fun!