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Assistive Technology With IFTTT (If This Then That) + IoT (Internet of Things): Part 1 - Assistive Technology Blog
We saw a couple of months ago how Amazon Echo, or Alexa, can be such a huge help to people with disabilities. With very simple commands, Alexa can read us a book, control lights in our house, and also order a pizza for us! However, how about we take things a step further, and make a combination of technologies and applications just do things for us without us having to perform any sort of manual interaction with any app or device? IFTTT, which stands for If This Then That, has been around for a few years now, and can do exactly what’s described above. With IFTTT you can create “recipes” that look for a certain trigger and then perform a certain action. Here are some examples of IFTTT recipes that can be especially helpful for people with disabilities: If I am approaching my house, turn on the living room light, and start playing music. If I exit my house, turn off all lights, and set the thermostat to 68 degrees. If my plants are dry and they need to be watered, send me a text notification. If my client who has Alzheimer’s, goes outside of a specific geographic [...]