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We are able to do more and more with our pocket super computers; however, have you heard of Stringify? If you haven’t, it may be time for you to take this little quirky app for a spin if you’re into home automation.
Similar to the app IFTTT, Stringify focuses on home automation in addition to one key difference, multiple triggers.
While IFTTT allows you to have one condition to be met to perform an action, you can string together multiple conditions then multiple reactions on top of that which allows you to perform quite complex automations called “Flows”. See an example that I use below:
The above flow is used to operate a heater that is powered by a TP Link Smart Plug Mini. The flow will trigger when the temperature is below 35 degrees Fahrenheit and between the hours of 9 PM and 5 AM, then turning on the heater and sending a confirmation notification to my device. See the notification confirming that the flow has ran below:
Having multiple triggers is something that IFTTT does not support at the time that this article is being written. As noted, this is the key difference between the two platforms; moreover, Stringify also has far less connections than IFTTT. So, while the most popular APIs may be available for you to integrate with, if you are a IFTTT user, like myself, you may be disappointed with the selection of integrations that are available.
Stringify is a very neat, niche app and while it offers a lot of power and customizations, it simply does not integrate with as many third parties as IFTTT; however, this is a growing list. Note, that Comcast recently purchased Stringify and I am currently unaware how this may pan out. With this being said, I urge you to give this a try — yet, keep in mind of how Comcast views consumer privacy.
Let’s face it, we carry super computers in our pockets. Alright, not really, but although our smartphone companions are not super computers, they are still pretty darn smart and with that comes device and app automation that can drastically improve and simplify your life. An app that I personally love is IFTTT (If This Then That), which brings a beautiful interface with jaw-dropping applets (recipes) that you put together according to your needs.
Need to know when you make it to the gym? Turn on location services and add a quick note to your calendar whenever this happens. Want the lights in your home to turn on when you pull into the garage? There’s a applet for that. Auto photo upload, auto WordPress posting, auto tweeting — you dream it (additionally you have certain accounts that can be linked together so that they can talk to each other) and IFTTT can make it happen. Although from my screenshot you may assume that this glorious app is available on iOS only (you know what happens when you assume, right?) — wrong it’s multi-platform available on iOS and Android — with a web interface!
Additionally, IFTTT isn’t the only player in this game, Microsoft recently introduced Flow, which has a unique spin on task automation itself. And for those that are looking to get extremely granular on Android, there is one app called Tasker which essentially can do it all. (Note: I advise only experienced users to play with this app).
Bottom line: Everything is easier when magic “just happens” in the background for you, give IFTTT and other platforms a try!
Tech for the masses, meant to empower, educate and inform by Dexter Johnson.