I’ve been going back and forth with this idea for a while… Currently all smart devices in my home are off the shelf, I’ve been trying to stay clear of DIY projects due to the learning curve and time requirement.
So here’s my problem… the only off the shelf device I can find that could help with couch occupancy is the xiaomi vibration sensor, but that would probably be the worst solution as checking for vibrations / tilt will not always work. (sitting still on the couch will not give any results)
Then there’s pressure mats, which would require DIY, but I don’t think those are a solution for my couch, as I can’t add one under the cushions. (cushions are not detachable)
Then I was thinking this could be done with distance sensors (measuring the distance from the bottom part to the cushion), which should be accurate enough, but again a DIY project as I couldn’t find any off the shelf smart distance sensors.
Some input from others here could help a lot, has anyone gotten good results with couch occupancy? Or does anyone have good ideas for (preferably) off the shelf devices that can help with this? And lastly, if there is no other better option… I’d also like to hear input about the best DIY project that could help with this.