IFTTT was started in 2011 by Linden Tibbets, Jesse Tane, Scott Tong and Alexander Tibbetsas and seemed as a niche product for only the geeky-est among us. 2011 was well before the words “Internet of Things” were ever spoken in any regularity. Sure, the Nest Thermostat would also launch that year, but the two had nothing to do with each other (obviously). The fact that the both of them launched the same year, and are now the defacto leaders in their niches, makes 2011 the year the IoT was born.
For those of you who don’t know, IFTTT is a website service that allows you to connect many different things together based on actions called “recipes”. For example, you can tell IFTTT to change your Hue lights to blue if it begins raining outside. Or you can ask IFTTT to add a note to Evernote via Alexa. There are hundreds of these types of recipes at your disposal on their site.
IFTTT essentially is your connected home hub… but without the hardware. Their Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) replaces the general need for a central hub sitting in your home.
The most amazing part about IFTTT is that their service is completely free. Yeah… free. They make money on various smaller things like premium recipes and affiliates, but the majority of what they offer you is free of charge.
Comment below about some of your favorite IFTTT IoT recipes.