Do empowers you to create your own personalized button, camera, and notepad.
With the rise of the Internet of Things and smart devices, a growing number of Makers and developers alike have turned to IFFTT (“If This, Then That”) to automate online and mobile actions through “recipes.” Since its launch in 2011, IFTTT has expanded throughout the consumer market, offering integration with many of today’s most popular gadgets from Fitbit to HP printers to Hue lightbulbs.
Despite its popularity, the barrier to entry has been a bit limited to techies willing to browse through channels to create recipes. That was until now. The company has announced the launch of three free new apps for both iOS and Android — Do Button, Do Camera and Do Note — that will make setup as simple as a touch of a button. The suite of Do apps are designed to dumb-down the process by letting users drag-and-drop tools they want to connect and customize recipes through a minimalistic UX. Along with that, IFTTT has rebranded its original app to a much more simple “IF.”
Do Button enables users pair web tools and turn the function into a shortcut widget right on their home screen for everything from their Google Drive to Nest Thermostat, among countless other apps. For instance, you can now set the living room to your favorite temperature or open the garage door all with the tap of a button.
Do Camera possesses similar functionality, allowing users to create actions to share their photos in a much more expedited manner. Now, you can post photos to the Facebook album of choice, or quickly distribute on Tumblr or WordPress pages.
Do Note is a quick text entry app that will take a particular command and instantaneously send it out, whether it’s an appointment in Google Calendar, an added item on the grocery list, or even a quick tweet. You can also use voice commands to trigger a recipe.
At the moment, you can only program up to three recipes on the Do apps. However, IFTTT CEO Linden Tibbets says the team is working on ways to make saving recipes easier for swapping, as well as offering recommended recipes they might enjoy. As the number of connected devices continues to proliferate, expect Do to have a supporting role in the automation process.
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