I just played around with Follow-Me for the first time and wow, THAT is something I want to show off to friends! With a single button press I can send music from my room to the kitchen squeezebox. As I add more media directors the Follow-Me features will be even nicer.
As smooth as it is to tap room on the main orbiter page, I am curious about how this can be made completely button-less and automagical.
If I understand correctly, and please provide me the details otherwise, there was once a working automatic follow-me function based on the strength of a carried bluetooth transmitter such as a mobile phone and the nearest media director. I believe I read that this feature is no longer supported as the author stopped ... (something). I also believe that currently there is no way with bluetooth devices for my home to distinguish which room I am in automatically?
Not being familiar with Follow-Me or bluetooth technology details I like would like to request some information so that I can investigate some possibilities and possibly posting in the Help Wanted Section for someone to write some necessary features in.
What I want to achieve:
Automatic Follow-Me of media and updates as I move between rooms. -cell phone seems easiest but carrying an Orbiter is an option
Intelligent (well conceived) logic that differentiates between me and my roommate.
Intelligent (well conceived) rules about over-riding media playback of follow-me when I enter a room my roommate is already in.
Ideas on Implementation:
Can class 3 Bluetooth devices be strung around an area via USB? I am sure somewhere I can buy a case of extremely poor quality bluetooth dongles that only have the 1m connection range. In an area such as a kitchen I could place several of these tiny dongles under counter-top ledges. For HomeTheater / Living room areas I could place them between couch cushions etc...
Based on PIR detection (x-10, Z-Wave, etc) most of my sensors and I imagine most everyones are serving a security purpose or for control of lighting devices. For my personal Follow-Me rules or anyone else who perhaps lives alone or has a SWMBO who doesn't want Follow-Me a special security/lighting setting could exist to allow for Follow-me. If I am listed as at-home (not armed, not entertaining, not sleeping) then make each area with PIR or recent motion my active room?
As I described the above setting I have higher hopes of getting this working although unfortunately using that method I am sure my roommate would quickly get annoyed at my new automagic detection and of course, the ability to override his media with my own haha.
I am interested in other's ideas and configurations along these lines though. Since follow me is already a single button press feature once "F" on floorplan is active, I cant help but think there might exist a way to make it automagic.