It wasn’t hard to do and with IFTTT integration I can set up actions for numerous triggers like:
- Turning on the lights at sunset
- Log when someone comes to the door in a spreadsheet
- Turn on the house lights when my phone is getting close to home
- Use Google assistant to do a variety of things
My only complaint is that IFTTT is a bit slow in recognizing a triggering event (like motion) from the Ring doorbell. It takes a minute or more for the action to occur.
It is great that I can have my devices talk to each other, I just wish there was a bit more for them to say. A number of years ago I put together the following illustration:
It seems that IoT is like Metcalfe’s law for the internet: the value generated is proportional to the square of the number of connected devices in the system. The one thing that’s true though is that there are more devices with more interfaces all the time.