If there is one thing you should know about the electronics that surround us in this day and age is that they are becoming increasingly “smart”. No, we are not on the verge of an AI taking over our lives – instead, our devices and appliances are getting cleverly programmed new interfaces that make our lives easier. Of course, this will take a bit of getting used to. Luckily, there are many sources of information that will help us understand smart home systems better, from official guides and manuals to countless blogs that cover this new aspect of our lives. Plus, we have apps like IFTTT’s Smart Home Solution to make this new connected reality easier to navigate.
What is IFTTT
IFTTT (an acronym of “If This Than That”) is not an app in itself but a service that allows the creation of certain “conditional statements” (they call these “Applets”), bringing this useful aspect of programming into real life. The “IF This” part can be the emergence of a new post in a specific category on Pinterest, and the “Than That” part can be pinning the post to your own account when it happens. The service covers everything from tracking your work hours to getting notifications when the International Space Station passes overhead, automatically muting your Android phone at bedtime, syncing Instagram with Pinterest, and even getting reminders to drink more water. IFTTT is a versatile tool that can help you automate many aspects of your life – and all you need to have is a smartphone.
IFTTT Smart Home Solution
The average IFTTT applet has more to do with your digital life than with the real one. Or better said, “it had” until the emergence of the “Smart Home Solution” provided by IFTTT and A1 Telekom Austria Group. It is a system that comes with a geo-aware smartphone app that senses when a person leaves home and arms the alarms and turns off the lights. This, as you might expect, is just the tip of the iceberg.
The list of useful applets for smart homes is seemingly infinite. Among others, it can turn on a favorite Sonos playlist when someone arrives home and turn it off when everyone leaves, set the Netatmo thermostat to “away” when the house is empty, turn on the connected coffee machine when you wake up, send you notifications when motion is detected, and the list could go on and on.
Besides, IFTTT has many applets for smart homes that are not part of the above-mentioned solutions. For example, it can signal Philips’s Hue smart light to turn on when the Dominos pizza delivery arrives, stop watering the plants in your garden when Netatmo detects that it’s raining, and instruct an Automower robot lawnmower to start cutting the grass when you leave home and park in a specific spot when it’s done.