The most common methods to control smart home devices are via a mobile app or voice commands. But, it doesn’t end here.
Toy-maker Sphero has just extended the company’s wearable Force Band device for IFTTT supports, which gives users power to run their connected home devices with gestures. For example, users can do a push to turn on Philips Hue lights, a pull to start the Apple TV or a stop to activate the coffee maker.
The motion-tracking Star Wars Force Band was first introduced as a cool command accessory for the company’s robotic product BB-8. Just before Thanksgiving, the firm added new abilities including pairing the Force Band with different smart home apps and appliances through IFTTT protocol.
The device has established its own page on IFTTT and developers are welcome to add more ‘recipes’ for more fun and creative ways to control the smart home.
The Force Band has bluetooth technology built-in for connecting with other devices, with maximum 30 meters supports.
Sphero, founded in 2010, offers connected toys such as robots in the industry. The robot product BB-8 which pairs with the Force Band was launched to target Star War fans.
IFTTT (If This Then That) is a web-based free service that allows users to automate some processes via the logic of ‘If’ and ‘Then,’ or in other words, ‘triggers’ and ‘actions.’ For example, users can set commands to trigger connected lights at home as they arrive at home.
IFTTT provides an online platform for users to integrate existing ‘recipes’ into their devices, and developers to create different applications for connected devices.