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Connecting a Fitbit with your smart home

There is a way to integrate your Fitbit with your smart home gadgets using a system called if-this-then-that (IFTTT). IFTTT and a smart home set-up can help you to make your life easier by automating tasks.

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Before starting, it is important to give a brief overview of what IFTTT can do. Created in 2010, this is a free web-based service that people use to create chains of simple conditional statements, called applets. An applet is triggered by changes that occur within other web services. IFTTT users create about 20 million “recipes” each day.

IFTTT can automate web-application tasks, such as posting the same content on several social networks. But you can even connect a Fitbit fitness tracker or smart scale to the network. For example platforms such as Wink, a smart home hub, integrate with Fitbit automatically to add it to your internet-of-things setup. The Hub helps different smart products speak the same wireless language so that you can easily control them. A list of smart home devices you can potentially tap into can be found on this link.

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Not only does IFTTT connect a Fitbit with your smart home, it also allows you to automate many tasks. For example, a Fitbit knows when you are moving around and this data can be used to trigger certain actions.

So if you were to have your Fitbit on in the morning, your smart home could sense that you are waking up and automatically get the coffee machine running, all without you lifting a finger. Or how about automatically turning on all the lights in your house when you wake up, or having them switch off when you fall asleep?

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Your Fitbit essentially acts a sensor that other smart devices can tap into, to know when to act. There are many other cool things you can do and applets you can install.

This includes triggering a notification to go to bed early when your Fitbit notices low sleep levels, saving your weekly sleep logs to a Google Spreadsheet, reminding yourself to get coffee if you didn’t get enough kip time, changing the temperature at night and much, much more. The possibilities are endless.

It is not overly complicated to create your own IFTTT setup or download applets. To get started, head over to the IFTTT website and follow instructions on how to integrate your Fitbit with your smart home.

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Taylor Bliszcz is a blog for your smart home. The author is an engineer with a passion for smart homes.

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