Web-based service IFTTT recently announced collaboration with global IoT network Weather Underground to provide new and improved weather services.
The joint effort now allows users to leverage weather data to trigger actions using IFTTT applets, which were formerly called ‘recipes.’ Information such as current weather conditions, three-day forecasts, and hyperlocal weather data from local weather stations can all be used in the applets.
Here are some possible applications with the new service: when the outdoor temperature goes below zero degree celsius, the user will get a mobile notification; if the sun rises, start the coffeemaker; if the user is away on vacation, turn indoor or outdoor lights on at sunset and off at sunrise; and when the sun sets, turn the Hue lights on automatically.
Developers can go to IFTTT’s website and make their own applets linking Weather Underground data as well. For instance, when the humidity level rises, automatically adjust the thermostat setting; and if the UV index goes up around noon, draw the curtain.
Founded in 1995, Weather Underground provides real-time weather information on the Internet commercially. After being acquired by the Weather Channel in 2012, IBM officially made an offer and bought the combined company in 2015. Weather Underground is now a subsidiary of IBM.
“Weather Underground has been at the forefront of the IoT movement since 2001, and by working with IFTTT we’re able to add value and deeper insight into our interconnected world – whether you’re planning a roadtrip for the holidays, preparing your home for winter, or simply streamlining your daily routine,” the company said in a statement.
Many smart home devices already support the IFTTT service, including Philips Hue, Nest Learning Thermostat, Amazon Echo and Dot, Samsung SmartThings, Google Home and DIY smart home solution LittleBits.
With the aid from Weather Underground, smart home owners can expect more ways of using their connected devices.