What it is:
To call If This Then That (IFTTT) an automation app feels like it’s selling it short. It was, for me, my first real glimpse into the IoT world. IFTTT uses what they call “recipes” to create a chain of events. They work with an ever growing list of companies, programs, products and applications. Let’s say you drive a BMW and you have Phillips Hue lights in your house. You can use IFTTT to create a recipe for when you pull into your drive way, your lights automatically turn on. I use a recipe that access the GPS on my family’s phones to know when all of us are out of the house, to put our Nest on standby. The possible combinations are endless really. You can post a picture on Instagram and have it automatically save in your Google Photo collection; get an email when Home Depot puts garden supplies on sale; or have every new email contact directly saved to your address book, just to name a few.
What makes it special:
One of my favorite features of IFTTT is that users can publish their own recipes, which makes it very easy to set up useful recipes within minutes of downloading the app. The first recipe I set up was to automatically put my phone on vibrate as soon as I get to work. The thing that really sets this app apart from other similar apps is the amount of interfaces they can connect with. I have yet to think of something I wanted it to do that IFTTT was not able to produce.
App Site: https://ifttt.com
App Price: Free