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For readers who aren’t aware, IFTTT allows its users to connect web services with chains of conditional statements. When something happens on one service, it triggers an action on another service.
But IFTTT doesn’t only connect services — it can also connect gadgets. When used in conjunction with these gadgets, IFTTT can help you take your life automation to the next level.
With Christmas now just around the corner, I’m going to look at seven of the best IFTTT-enabled devices you can buy for your loved ones.
1. For the Music Lover: Amazon Echo (UK)
The Amazon Echo smart speaker has been available in the United States since mid-2015, but only became available in Europe in the fall of 2016.
Its primary purpose is to play music from the Amazon library, but thanks to its seven-piece microphone array it also places Amazon’s smart assistant Alexa at the heart of your home. She can answer your questions, read the news, provide local traffic and weather reports, give information about nearby businesses, update you on sports scores and fixtures, and a whole lot more.
Recommended Applet: Unsilence your phone with Amazon Alexa.
You know when your phone is on silent and you can’t find it? Annoying, isn’t it? It’ll never happen again thanks to this awesome applet. Just say “Alexa, trigger unsilence phone” and the ringer will be set to 100 percent volume.
2. For the Chef: Quirky Egg Minder (UK)
Rotten eggs can be dangerous to eat. The risk of contracting salmonella and listeriosis is considerably higher, and they can lead to diarrhea, vomiting, migraines, and skin rashes. None of them sound like something you want to be dealing with on Christmas Day.
The Quirky egg minder connects to your smartphone to track how many eggs you have and when they were put in the fridge.
Recommended Applet: If your Egg Minder has less than ___ eggs, add a calendar reminder to buy more.
Never run out of breakfast material thanks to this handy IFTTT reminder.
3. For the Gearhead: Automatic
If you’re one of the few people who can recognize a catalytic converter from a carburetor, Automatic is a must-have gadget.
It’s a “smart driving assistant” that plugs into your car’s data port and sends information from your car’s computer to your smartphone while you’re driving. It’ll log information such as fuel efficiency, the cost of your trip, and even how well you’re driving.
Recommended Applet: When your car comes home, your lights will come on.
Fed up of getting home in the dark on a cold winter night? When you turn off your engine in a predefined area close to your home, this applet will automatically turn on your Philips Hue lighting system.
4. For the Fitness Fanatic: Jawbone UP3 (UK)
One of the market leaders is Jawbone. Its series of UP fitness bands have been a big seller since the original UP hit the shelves in 2011. They can track your workout, monitor your heart rate, and study your sleep — all with the aim of giving you the necessary data to improve your fitness and health.
Recommended Applet: Set your mood to exhausted if you don’t get enough sleep.
A good night’s sleep is one of the most important (and underrated) aspects of fitness and weight loss. It can greatly impact upon your body’s power and motivation. If your Jawbone detects you’ve had a bad night, this app will automatically set your mood to exhausted. After all, you’ll be too tired to do it yourself!
5. For the Garden Geek: Parrot Flower Power (UK)
Plants need water or they’ll die. An obvious statement, but one that lots of us don’t seem to stick to very well. Be honest, how many indoor plants have you killed because you forgot to water them for a couple of weeks?!
The Parrot Flower Power gadget aims to step in and stop your flower-icide. You put it in the soil alongside your plant and it collects a variety of data, including light, temperature, and soil moisture.
Recommended Applet: Receive IF Notification when your plant is thirsty.
Install the IFTTT app on your smartphone and you’ll get an on-screen notification if the gadget thinks your plant is in danger of perishing due to a lack of water.
6. For the Security Conscious: iSmartAlarm
We all need to protect our homes. With the arrival of the smart home and the internet of Things, doing so is now cheaper and easier than ever before.
There are lots of smart security solutions on the market, but we’re fans of iSmartAlarm. The Premium Package on Amazon comes with a CubeOn (including a 110 dB siren), a PTZ iCamera KEEP, two contact sensors, one motion sensor, two remote tags, and iSmartAlarm window decals.
Recommended Applet: Disarm your iSmartAlarm when you arrive home with your phone.
If you use this applet, you’ll never accidentally wake up all the neighbors at 3 AM again. It will automatically disarm your alarm as soon as you get to within a certain distance of your home.
7. For the Weather Watcher: Netatmo Weather Station (UK)
As climate change continues to affect the world’s weather patterns, it’s more important than ever to monitor the weather and be prepared for any strange or unseasonable phenomena.
The Netatmo Weather Station can track almost every environmental condition. Temperature, air pressure, humidity, and even carbon dioxide levels are all covered, though you’ll need to add the Netatmo Rain Gauge to monitor precipitation. Support it with its own catalog of IFTTT applets. We picked just one for you below.
Recommended Applet: Turn your lights red when CO2 levels are high.
Carbon Dioxide poisoning causes around 500 accidental deaths in the United States every year. The gas has no smell or taste, making it difficult to know when you’re at risk. By turning all your Philips Hue lights red, you’ll be immediately alerted when you’re in danger.
What Gift Would You Like?
I hope I’ve given you some ideas for the IFTTT automation geek in your life this Christmas. Even if you don’t think they’ll like any of these seven suggestions, you should be able to find something. There are hundreds of IFTTT-enabled devices and the number is growing every day.
Are you an IFTTT geek? If so, what would you like Santa to put in your stocking this year? Do our recommendations sound like a perfect present or have you got your eye on something different?
As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts. You can leave your opinions, ideas, and suggestions in the comments below.