Using IFTTT with WeMo
We've already offered an introduction to IFTTT as a whole. If you remember, IFTTT is the service that automates the Internet. IFTTT stands for If This, Then Than, where the 'this' is the trigger and the 'that' is the action that comes as a result. Overall IFTTT is fairly easy to use, however with more than a 100 different channels to get started with -- things may seem a bit overwhelming at first glance. Having said that, we are going to be taking a look at IFTTT with specific services, beginning first with WeMo.
Using IFTTT begins with activating a channel, or more accurate, multiple channels. You'll first want to activate the channel for your WeMo device. Be careful though, because IFTTT has specific channels for the WeMo Switch, WeMo Motion, WeMo Light and WeMo Insight. Make sure you activate the correct channel. And before we get ahead here, the WeMo specific channel will likely be be for the 'that' -- the action.
You'll also need to activate the channel(s) for the 'this' -- the trigger. The trigger is what needs to happen to activate your WeMo. This is also where it gets interesting, and why we suggest thinking of a specific use case before you get started -- because the possibilities will seem endless. The key to remember though, WeMo and IFTTT are being combined to automate something. Or put another way, to make things a bit easier for you.
A few examples include being able to log when a WeMo connected light turned on (or off) in a Google Drive spreadsheet. This can also be combined with the Insight switch to give a good estimate of how much that particular light will cost you to use each month. But that may be on the geekier side. You can also use the location channel to have your light turn on as you arrive home, or use the Jawbone UP channel to turn your light on when your wake up in the morning. Or another use for the Jawbone UP channel would be to turn your coffee pot on when you wake up.
You can also combine text messaging and the use of hashtags to turn a light on or off. So far all the examples have been with the WeMo as the action, but you can flip that and have the WeMo act as the trigger. In this case you could set it up so Pushbullet pushes a note to your inbox anytime a WeMo device is switched on or off. Going along the same route here and you could also set it so you receive an Android notification when a WeMo switch is turned off. In this case the WeMo would be the trigger and the Android notification would be the action.
We've mentioned this before, but the advice seems worth repeating -- when you are first getting started it may be easier to go in with a specific use case to try and keep from being overwhelmed. Remember, you can always switch things up. A final tip when dealing with IFTTT and WeMo is that you sometimes will need to create two recipes. For example, if you use one to turn a light on, you'll want a second that later turns the light off.
Anyway, those are just a few of many many examples. The WeMo devices are powerful, and IFTTT is powerful, so when combined you have what seems like an endless supply of potential use cases. If you are using WeMo with IFTTT (or thinking about getting started), we would love to hear how you put them to work for you in the comments!