This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.
Smart Home: How to craft color-coded weather alerts using IFTTT
About Video Comments (0 ) Transcript

Smart Home: How to craft color-coded weather alerts using IFTTT

1:55 /

This useful recipe turns your LEDs red when bad weather lies ahead.

[MUSIC] Here at CNET Appliances we've talked a lot about the If This and That App. But it's usually in reference to fun or more novel applications. Actually they're a lot of practical uses for it too. I'm Megan Mullerton with a weather-related how to. [MUSIC] This lamp behind me is red. We'll get to that in a second, but here's how you start. So this recipe involves the R.S.S. feed as the if and your Phillips hue lights as the that. What you'll do is go to the National Weather Service and search for the R.S.S. feed that gives alerts in your area. You can find alerts that are nationwide, you can search by state, and you can even search by county to get really, really specific updates. So, just go to your scrolling list, and select RSS feed as your IF, and then click on New Feed Item and add the URL for the RSS feed you want. I selected New York, because there're some flash flood warnings in the area, and I knew that there would be some alerts. So, I added that URL, then you hit Next and then you select you select your Philips Hue Bulb as your bat. And then you can really do whatever you want. You can have your lights flash. You can have them change color. You can't set it to blink and change color, which I wish I could do. But it's still a good warning in case there's something going on. So this lamp has a Philips Hue Bulb inside and I programmed it to work with this recipe. And if you have multiple bulbs, you can select all of them, you can select some of them or just one. Whatever you prefer. And that's really it. You've selected your RSS feed for your area, you've selected your Phillips hue lights. And told them what you want them to do in the event of an alert. Just hit Finish, and you've created your recipe. So now every time theres an alert in Niagara, New York, my light will turn red. So while there're a lot of novel ways to use it, this is one practical way. I'm Megan Woolard in for CNet. [MUSIC]

New releases

Olympus Pen E-PL7 is ready for...
2:58 August 27, 2014
With a touchscreen that tilts down 180 degrees, the Pen E-PL7 is designed for users who love selfies and want...
Play video
Tomorrow Daily 043: Time traveling...
24:00 August 27, 2014
On today's show, we discuss using virtual reality as an illusion of time travel, check out Royal Carribbean's...
Play video
Easily run Windows and Mac OS...
2:49 August 27, 2014
Parallels Desktop 10 makes switching between operating systems a snap
Play video
Not quite high caliber blendin...
2:41 August 27, 2014
Beneath the overblown health hype, the NutriBullet works well enough, but doesn't stand out from less expensive...
Play video
Melitta's cheap drip makes bitter...
2:07 August 27, 2014
Think twice about choosing the Melitta 10-Cup Coffeemaker to save cash.
Play video
Too-hot tech: Overheating Surface...
2:55 August 27, 2014
Hewlett-Packard recalls more than 6 million defective power cords, Microsoft promises a fix for overheating...
Play video
The gigantic Lexus GX 460
5:59 August 27, 2014
Lexus' second largest SUV may be a better fit for big luxury drivers.
Play video
The Bowers and Wilkins CM1 speakers...
1:50 August 27, 2014
The Bowers and Wilkins CM1 S2 speakers look great and sound terrific but aren't the best choice for punk...
Play video
 

Video discussion

Conversation powered by Livefyre