If This Then That (IFTTT)
There’s a real buzz about IFTTT right now but what exactly is it and what can you use it for?
For those of you who don’t know, it’s a free web-based service which is used to create ‘applets’ that are triggered by changes and communicate with web-based services such as Gmail, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.
The key drivers behind it are a trigger (‘If That’) such as a security camera detecting motion in your house and an action (‘Then This’) such as text, tweet or email warning you about the motion detected.
How do I get started?
As with most things, you’ll need to register but it’s fairly painless if you have an existing Google or Facebook account. You can then begin to choose the kind of notifications you want, based on your lifestyle and receive recommendations based on the type of device you’re using e.g. Apple, Google, Samsung etc.
So what can I do with it?
Well, the list of applications is constantly evolving and you can currently automate hundreds of everyday tasks with the push of a button to sync up your devices. If you’re a fan of Instagram photos then it’s possible to ‘like’ an image and automatically send that same photo to your Dropbox account.
Or perhaps you want to post something up on several social media accounts all at once? Not a problem. But this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Start experimenting with applets
This is where the fun starts. These former ‘recipes’, now known as applets have enabled people to do some really clever things around connectivity.
As a result, a whole community has grown up around IFTTT who are sharing their ideas with the rest of the world.
- Perhaps you want to save energy at home? You can automatically turn off your WI-Fi whenever you leave for work in the morning.
- Need a wake-up playlist to get you all fired up in the morning? Not a problem, choose your tracks carefully though!
- Want to mute your Android phone whenever you arrive at work so it only vibrates in meetings. Now you can.
- Weather Underground will even send you a notification when the UV index is high reminding you to slap on some sun cream to avoid getting burned!
If smart homes are your thing then there’s an entire section on the IFTTT website dedicated to innovative ideas for your home.
D-Link’s implementation of IFTTT has been growing for some time, with the goal of enabling you to integrate and expand your home automation system with other devices and services.
Take a look at the mydlink Home app on D-Link’s Connected Home devices, including Wi-Fi Smart Plugs, Motion Sensors and Wi-Fi Siren.
This means you can now create conditional commands and link multiple IFTTT products and apps together to customise your home automation.
If you own Amazon’s Alexa and one of our Smart plugs then why not use it to control your lighting?
Just choose a phrase to control this such as “Alexa, trigger lights” and your D-Link Smart plug will automatically turn on your connected lights. This could be modified for anything though, providing it’s connected up to a Smart plug.
Take a look at what else you can do with our Smart plugs…
If you’re away on holiday this summer then perhaps you’d like to keep an eye on your property from time to time. This applet lets you know if your D-Link camera detects a sound. You’ll receive an alert to your phone and can take the necessary action.
It might just be the neighbours watering your house plants or the kids throwing a house party while you’re away…but it could be someone trying to break into your home.
If this has piqued your interest in all things IFTTT then you might like to download the free mydlink Home app for iOS and Android.
You can also find plenty of applets supporting D-Link devices online. Go and experiment!