IFTTT (If This Then That) launched a new product today. From the beginning, you can create and use free applets that performed simple automation tasks, such as turning on your lights at sunset. Now IFTTT Pro will expand that possibility with new complexity. But the old free level takes a hit ̵1; you can only create three applets for free.
Smart homes are sometimes a cumbersome mess of different hardware from a variety of manufacturers. Getting everything to talk to each other is easier now than it used to be, but one of the original and longest running solutions has been IFTTT.
With IFTTT, you create simple little applets that perform a task for you. Everything from playing music on your smart speakers when you unlock the front door to sending a shopping list from your notebook to your printer when you say the right word.
So far, the service has been free and somewhat limited in capacity. As the name suggests, you build very simple coding commands based on natural language. If this happens, do so. Increasingly complicated was out of reach, because you were limited to one trigger (IF statement).
Now, when IFTTT turns into a subscription system, it expands what you can do with applets. As IFTTT founder and CEO Linden Tibbets put it in the company’s announcement, “Today is the day that If This Then That becomes official If This and These Then That and That or whatever you can dream of.”
Thanks to several trigger features, you can now create an applet that says, “if the doorbell rings and the Google Calendar says I’m not in a meeting, turn on the porch and living room light.” It was not possible before.
But IFTTT introduces a new IFTTT Pro level and sets a new limit on the existing free level. While it promises that the free level will remain forever, you can not just create three applets. However, you can activate an unlimited number of apps created by others.
Pro Tier removes that limit, and IFTTT promises that it will reduce latency compared to the free level. A major complaint about IFTTT is the slow response time, which can go a long way to making the service more viable.
Currently, IFTTT Pro is “Name Your Own Price” with a minimum purchase of $ 1.99 per month. But Tibbets says this will not be forever; After October 7, you will have to pay $ 9.99 a month for the service.
Source: IFTTT via Stacey on IoT