CNET Smart Home
Introducing IFTTT to the CNET Smart HomeThe free online services promises to link devices together for creative control of the automated home. We decided to put it to the test.
We've got a lot of connective gadgets here at the scene at Smart Home, but not all of them work together. That's where a service like IFTTT comes in handy. It's a free online tool that let's you automate pairs of web services or social networks, or smart home devices. There's a growing number of these devices that work with IFTTT and let you craft recipes using the If This, Then That formula. If you apply that to the smart home You can get your gadgets and start working out. [MUSIC] One good example here is this set of remote switches in the wall. These are great Switches for automating light in your home, but if you hook them up with this you can use them to control other smart home gadgets as well. For instance, if I long press on this switch here you'll see the light flashes, and then the Nest thermostat upstairs will go to 68. That's a nice way to maybe set the thermostat as you walk out the door. As you walk in. Another If integration that we've tried out is out of [INAUDIBLE] is what If does for Amazon echo. that's a voice activated smart speaker that can control a lot of smart home devices with voice command, but it doesn't work with the Nes thermostat. Again, If can make the Nes thermostat smarter by bringing Echo into the picture. You make a recipe that says whenever I say Alexa, set the thermostat to 68 Standing next to it That they're effective at 68 and there you go, you've got a voice activated thermostat. The real question of all this though is can you use this in place of a system like wink or smart things to kinda control all your smart home devices in one ecosystem? I think you can if you're very picky about which devices you go with. All in all I think this is a great way to introduce yourself to the concept about Once you get the hang of that sort of if this then that formula, you can start to see how it might apply into your [UNKNOWN]. [MUSIC]