The conditional rule setting service, If This Then That (IFTTT) is on a roll with some new channels for internet of things lovers. The site has new options for the connected Quirky products that use the Wink app. So now your connected egg tray, piggy bank, A/C unit or even your power supply can tie into your email or other web services. I haven’t shelled out (heehee) for the Egg minder yet, but if I did I’d set up a recipe connecting it to Evernote so when I’m close to empty I could add eggs to my grocery list.
Everyone is trying to be a platform company these days, but in this weeks podcast we explore the challenges affiliated with building a business around integrating various APIs and the need for a magical user experience.
Connecting your home may seem daunting, but is there enough value in connecting a lamp or a coffee maker to make smart outlets an entry point to the internet of things for mainstream consumers?
A single connected device is less than the sum of its parts in an open ecosystem. Here’s how Birdi is trying to make consumers see the value in a $119 smoke detector.
Good news for the iPhone-toting(s aapl) If This Then That lovers out there. The service has added a native iOS location tracking channel, which means you can make recipes based on where you are (or rather where your phone is). So you can get the weather of a city you are traveling to when you land, or tell your WeMo, Hue or SmartThings-enabled lights to come on when you get home. IFTTT also has a FourSquare channel for those who might want to use location but don’t have an iPhone. It’s just a wee bit less automated.
Zapier’s goal: Make it easy for small businesses without a ton of tech expertise to knit together their app suite of choice.
The current middleman services that link connected devices and different web platforms are just the first step in building out a context-aware internet of things.
Can we secure the internet of things? Probably not, but in this week’s podcast Tiffany Rad of Kaspersky Labs offers some common sense ways to make your connected devices more secure.
Connecting your home isn’t just about your lights or thermostat. In this week’s podcast we interview Streetline CEO Zia Yusuf and try to figure out how to connect Kevin Tofel’s chair and discuss connected parking.
The internet of things promises lots of connectedness — but we need killer use cases, lower prices, and the ability for non-techies to play.