This is a very cool service I found when looking at news on Internet of Things (IoT): IFTTT (short for “If This Then That”) is a service that enables users to connect different web applications (e.g., Facebook, Evernote, Weather, Dropbox, etc.) together through simple conditional statements known as “Recipes”. If This Then That (IFTTT) is a free network service and related application that allows you to create rules, recipes calls, with which you can connect applications and automate processes to make your life easier. In addition to its default web-based application, IFTTT released app versions of the service for iPone and Android. With IFTTT you are easily syndicating services.
Simply put the idea of service is: if action x happens, then do y. After creating an account, you can activate channels which represent your presence different platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Gmail, Twitter, and text messaging (e-mail, SMS). There are also channels for weather, news, and RSS feeds. Setting up this logic is just a series of clicks on the IFTTT web site.
There are many connected home related channels. For example Belkin WeMo remote controllable mains power outlets can interact with web-based social media and apps through a great service called IFTTT. And so are Philips Hue LED lamps. It can talk with Nest IoT devices. And many other things (over 100 other products and services). These Guys Want to Hack Your Home. And You Should Let Them. Their service sounds like an OCD geek’s dream. This sounds like a very great tool for quick hacks. Simple Ways to Create Face-Melting Digital Experiments article tells that what took two weeks to build with Arduino, took two hours with a Wemo and IFTTT.
Platforms for Connected Homes article mentions that you could for example use IFTTT’s weather channel to turn on my lights within 15 minutes of sunset.
You can even control thing based on your location when have app in you smart phone. Maybe you want to turn on heating or air conditioning to “at home” settings when you are approaching your home so that house is comfortable when you enter it? Ask HN: What’s the most creative use of IFTTT you’ve seen? and The 101 Best IFTTT Recipes pages lists many other ideas to experiment with.
I have registered IFTTT account and started some testing with it. It looks promising, but I am only starting my experimenting. I have already tried few simple recipes to get e-mail and SMS when I want them.
IFTTT looks like a great service that you can interface with many ready available cloud services or commercial hardware. The next idea is how to connect your own device (Arduino, Raspeberry Pi, etc..) to this service easily. IFTTT has e-mail, SMS and Twitter interfaces that could be useful in this…