How IFTTT Can Be Extremely Helpful for Automated Products

January 25, 2017

Have you ever wondered whether there is an easier way to manage all the automated products’ apps that clutter your smart device? IFTTT (If This Then That) is a web tool that can help you manage these apps like a pro with no extra effort. With this tool, you no longer have to search on your device for the specific app that will turn on your ambient lighting lamp. You can simply create a “Do button” on IFTTT that will turn on your ambient lighting lamp with just one tap. Do Button can be added to your Android or iOS device from iTunes or Google play.

Before introduced, users could only use the IFTTT app to create a recipe (trigger and action) that integrated services like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and others. The action depended on the trigger that a user had specified on the IFTTT app. For instance, a garage door would open when the user’s car had arrived on the driveway, or the lights would turn blue if there was a comment on the user’s Facebook post and so on. In other words, the car arriving on the driveway is the trigger to the garage door opening, while the Facebook comment is the trigger for the lights turning blue.

Do Button is one of three apps that simplify the IFTTT recipe creation process – the other apps are Do Note and Do Camera. It allows you to configure different apps and then create a shortcut on the home screen of your device for the function you created. Let’s look at three products that show how IFTTT can be extremely helpful for your automated products:

  1. Nest Thermostat

The Nest Thermostat programs itself based on your daily schedule. It instantly notifies you when there are extreme temperature changes in your home, and you can adjust the temperature in your home remotely. On the Do Button, you can add custom recipes for Nest or use the premade recipes available. For instance, you can use the premade recipe “set your temperature to when I walk into ___” to set the desired temperature when you walk into a room in your home. You do not have to go to the Nest app and sign in to do this.

  1. Sonos Play3 with the grey and white colorsSmart Speakers

If your smart-speaker channel is available on IFTTT website, then you will be able to configure a Do Button recipe for it. Some smart speakers are automatic and can turn on at a particular time each day or play a specific song track when it’s raining and so on. All you need to do is create a recipe that will allow you to make your smart speaker stream your favorite music no matter what time it is. For instance, there is a recipe on the Alexa channel that allows you to turn off and on a Sonos speaker.

  1. Home Security

Scout Alarm is a home security company with an IFTTT channel. They provide a motion sensor, a door/window sensor, and a sign. You can then install this equipment and use their IFTTT channel, which works with Nest and Amazon Echo. You can control Scout Alarm with your voice through Alexa on Amazon Echo by giving commands like “disarm system” or “call ambulance” and so on.

There are many extremely helpful possibilities when you are using the IFTTT web tool to manage your apps or automated products. The Do Button allows you to simplify your recipes but the longer IFTTT “trigger and action” recipes provide even more ways to configure different channels on your smart device.

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