For those unfamiliar with IFTTT, it’s an app that provides automation between different services. Using “recipes,” you can have certain events trigger various tasks. For example, you can create a recipe that monitors your Instagram account and uploads any new pictures to your Dropbox.
Security system companies like ADT and Vivint have been jumping on the home automation bandwagon lately. This means that in addition to alarm systems, they can provide things like smart thermostats and small appliance controls.
Adding IFTTT into the mix, which ADT is apparently doing according to this article from Engadget, would mean that you could have your coffee maker set to start brewing when your smart watch detects that you’re awake. Or that you could have your front door opening when you get home at night trigger your lights to turn on.
This service is only entering beta testing now, but it’ll be interesting to see how it unfolds once it becomes public.