You've probably heard the terms before: Home Automation, Internet of Things (IoT) Smart Home Devices, etc. It’s the home of the future we've been promised since at least the 1950s. But how can you connect all these separate smart devices to one- another in a way that is actually "smart"? Let's talk about IFTTT.
Before you ask to buy a vowel, IFTTT stands for "If This Then That". It’s a communication protocol that allows two devices that are connected to the internet to communicate with each other. Each Applet works by having a combination of a trigger (if then) and actions (then that). By mixing and matching a specific trigger with an action, you create the automation you want your home to execute on your behalf. In this case, the applets use information from your personal weather station to perform a task based on any number of weather parameters.
What does that mean for Ambient owners? Well, here are some examples of Ambient applets people have created on IFTTT:
- Change the Hue Lights color when the temperature rises above a value
- Do not water my yard if Ambient detects rain
- Close your Hunter Douglas blinds when it is too hot
You can even track your IFTTT triggered applets via a timeline on the Ambient Weather Network.
Now that you have glimpsed this new modern touchless future, you’ll want to join and explore connecting your own applets.
- 1. Go to IFTTT.com and create a free account (or download the IFTTT app).
- 2. Connect one of the existing Ambient Weather applets: https://ifttt.com/ambient_weather or create your own.
- To create your own Applet, visit: https://ifttt.com/create