Did you know there is a way to integrate your fitness tracker or other health gadget with a smart home 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 certain 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 and every day.
For example, 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 the lights in your room when you wake up? Perhaps you would like a notification to go to bed early when your Fitbit notices low sleep levels? Or our favorite – get an insulting phone call if your daily step goal is not achieved by 10:30PM!
The possibilities are only limited by your imagination. If you have a Fitbit, check out the company’s page on IFTTT. There are numerous triggers and actions to choose from.
But don’t worry if you don’t have a Fitbit. A range of devices are supported. Here are a few more ideas to get you started:
Moodo – Scents have an amazing effect on your brain and are a powerful way to start and end your day. Soothing lavender and chamomile help you relax and fall asleep, while scents like citrus energize you in the morning and eucalyptus boosts productivity. Jump-start your day by asking your assistant to use your smart home fragrance diffuser “when you wake up in the morning.”
Nokia Sleep – This is a sleep sensing and home automation pad that slides under your mattress. How about choosing – “Adjust the room temperature to be optimal for sleeping when I get into bed.”
Jawbone Up – Now a few years old, this nifty wristband monitors how you sleep, eat and move. Set it up to “log your sleep patterns” into certain apps and even “share gym check-ins to your Jawbone UP feed.”
Pavlok – Pavlok assists you in breaking bad habits through sending you a sensation in the form of a zap, vibration or beep – “If I don’t hit my goals on my Fitbit for steps, zap me!” Ouch… That should get you moving!
Strava – The social network for athletes! Turn on Applets to automatically track your activities – “Sync weight measurements to Strava.”
Apple Health – The iPhones’s Health app consolidates health data from a variety of apps to track progress in one place – “Automatically sync your Jawbone UP workouts to Health.”
Misfit – This wearable tracks your sleep while also inspiring you to live a healthier, more active life – “Track your activity in Google Calendar.” If you are the owner of the Mistfit Flash, you can use it as a smart button. A single, double, triple or long press can all be used to run different Applets.
Air by Propeller – Propeller designs products to help improve asthma control – “Get a Facebook message when asthma conditions in your area change.”
Beeminder – The daily encourager. This tool helps you to progress towards your goals by sending you specific reminders – “Force yourself to go to the gym.”
Whistle – You can even bug your roommate to give your dog a walk if your pup hasn’t been active enough during the day – “send a text to my roommate when my dog hasn’t met their goal by 5:00pm.”
You don’t need to be a tech junkie to create your own IFTTT recipe or download an applet. To get started, head over to the IFTTT website and do an applet search for your health gizmo. Then simply follow instructions on how to integrate it with your smart home.
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