Tiny Deathstars of Foulness

Part II. In Part I we setup those little WeMo units you just got. Now, we’re gonna’ ┬áconnect our WeMo devices to IFTTT. Short for If This Then That, IFTTT allows you to connect lots of different services to other services so that you can trigger events between services. For example, you can connect WeMo to Facebook so when you come home from work the motion sensor posts to Facebook. I don’t recommend that, but it’s an example. A better example is to trigger a change in the weather from your thermostat. Wait, I mean, change the thermostat based on the weather… Anyway, the more things you connect to IFTTT the more ideas you’ll get of cool things that can save you a little time here and there. In this case, we’re just going to connect WeMo devices to IFTTT. To get started, open the WeMo app and tap on the More button along the bottom of the screen. At the bottom, there’s a button for Connect to IFTTT. Tap it. IMG_7394 At the next screen, you’ll be provided with a Temporary WeMo PIN. IMG_7395 Log into your IFTTT account and then click on Channels. At the Channels interface, click on the WeMo Insight Switch icon. Screen Shot 2013-11-12 at 4.19.48 PM At the WeMo Motion Channel screen, click on Activate. Screen Shot 2013-11-12 at 4.19.59 PM At the Activate WeMo Switch screen, provide the PIN provided earlier and then click on the Activate button. Screen Shot 2013-11-12 at 4.21.05 PM If you ever change your mind, just use the Deactivate button to turn off your WeMo channel. Screen Shot 2013-11-12 at 4.31.42 PM   Once done, you can configure a Recipe linking your WeMo Switch to trigger other events. To do so, click on Recipes in the top nav bar and then at the Recipes screen, click on Create a Recipe. In this example, the Recipe uses a Tweet that contains a hashtag of #off to Screen Shot 2013-12-05 at 9.03.37 AM   Once done, trigger the event and see if it does what you’re after. If so, you’re all done!

December 9th, 2013

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