How to connect a Fitbit to your home's intelligent system

Through the use of a protocol known as if-this-then-that, it is possible to connect your Fitbit to the functions of your smart home (IFTTT). Automating key aspects of your life with the help of IFTTT and a well-designed smart home system can make your life significantly simpler.

 Before getting started, it is essential to provide a high-level overview of the capabilities offered by IFTTT. People use this free web-based tool, which was developed roughly ten years ago, to generate chains of basic conditional statements known as applets. The service was initially made available on the internet. Alterations that take place in other web-connected services can cause an applet to become active. Every day, users of the system generate over 20 million unique “recipes.”

IFTTT is able to automate operations that are associated with web applications, such as posting the same content to many social networks. However, it is possible to take it even further. Did you know that you can link a smart device to a smart home network? For example, a smart device that is worn on your wrist or a smart scale that is located in your bathroom. Through the use of this link, a number of fairly cool things are feasible.

A fitness tracker or wristwatch, like Fitbit, is able to detect when you are moving about, and Fitbit is no exception. This data can then be utilized to cause certain actions to be triggered.

For example, if your smart home detects that you are starting to wake up in the morning, it may activate the coffee maker before you even get out of bed.Or, you could set up your home so that when you wake up, the lights in your house come on automatically and stay on until you go to bed, at which point they turn off. Always keep in mind that none of this requires any effort on your part.

Your Fitbit basically functions as a sensor that other smart gadgets can tap into in order to receive information about when they should take action. There are a lot of other cool things you can do, as well as applets you can set up on your computer.

If your Fitbit detects that you aren’t getting enough sleep, it will send you a notification to go to bed earlier, it will save your weekly sleep logs to a Google Spreadsheet, it will send you a reminder to get some coffee if you didn’t get enough sleep, it will adjust the temperature in the room where you sleep at night, and it will do a lot of other things as well. The options are only restricted by one’s own creative thinking.

It is not unduly difficult to set up your own instance of IFTTT, and it is even less difficult to download applets that have already been created. The ones seen in the image on the right are just a sample of the many options that are available. To get things rolling, you should go to the IFTTT website and then follow the steps that are laid out for you there to connect your Fitbit to your smart home.

There are also platforms available, such as Wink, which is a hub for smart homes and makes this process simpler by instantly integrating with Fitbit so that it can be added to your internet-of-things configuration. The Hub ensures that all of your connected devices speak the same wireless language, allowing you to exercise complete command over them.

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