With SmartThings I'm able to setup a routine that I can execute from an iPhone widget or within the mobile app. Specifically, it allows me to open or close the garage door, control lights, unlock doors, etc. This is especially important when the automation fails and human intervention is required. Will HE have the ability to open/close a garage door from within the app? (yes I'm going to ask), are there any estimated timeframes for the app release?
I know I'm just one person compared to the work that you have to complete to accommodate the masses, but this is kinda a big deal for my setup. The one thing I've learned about my home automation is that I have to build it around how the other people in the house do things, it doesn't work well when they have to adjust to the automation.
I'm really trying to (re)build a system that requires as little interaction as possible. You know, automation, not just a bunch of cool gadgets that require frequent manual interaction. I really want things to just happen - a simple example of that are the lights, they go on at the right time and off at the right time as people move around the house or doors are opened. We don't give it any thought, it just happens.
But, when things do fail, because we all know they will, the override/human interaction has to be simple, otherwise the users get frustrated and don't want me to do more. Hence the app is needed.