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IFTTT? Or other API's?

I would like to know if IFTTT integration is on the roadmap for the connect? Would love to have this!

Otherwise, my connect is working great....

Mike Hoepfinger

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Yes, we are currently in discussions with IFTTT, and are excited to have these types of integrations this on our roadmap.

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The last response is ridiculous. This movement is about the Internet of things. As a software developer, id start out with a generic interface for accepting a 'signal', which then is matched against rules. It would be trivial to add the capability to accept the signal via a formatted email. I'm pretty sure it can already send emails. By providing a simple interface like this, they would open up community driven capabilities that SC doesn't have to develop. This would act as a multiplier effect for the functionality this hub can provide.

This thing is sitting on my shelf collecting dust until there is some kind of way to drive actions via the Internet. This is trivial, yet fundamentally important functionality. To me, this delay speaks to a complete break down in project management. The equivalent to a modern computer without a network interface. Or locking down a gaming computer, so that it can only run solitaire. This is fantastic hardware that falls critically short on software.

It is just absolutely absurd that 10 months had past and this functionality doesn't exist. It really blows my mind. It is as if they want this ecosystem to fail. I mean, if I was asked to sabotage this device, the easiest solution would be to close the device down from Internet driven actions

Nicholas Roth
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I would much rather have an API and be able to integrate my staples hub with Tasker on my phone than use IFTTT. I wasn't overly impressed with it when I tried it. Currently I use Tasker to do a lot of things directly with my Hue hub (turn lights on when I arrive home after a certain time and flash the light on my night stand when my alarm goes off to name a few), it would be nice if I could direct it all through the staples hub.

Danny
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The Staples Connect is basically abandoned at this point. If you haven't bought one yet, don't. There are better options from companies that value (and respond to) consumer feedback.

RZ
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How long for negotiations ? We keep buying but seems like most requests are looming for over a year when SC claims "negotiations" or "looking into it". I would like to see ifttt support so we can really make some magic happen. I'm unimpressed that remotec zxt120 cannot be integrated. I would also like to see some open API to integrate and would really be thrilled to see echo integration. I know that echo currently controls wemo and may be a competitor on some level but it can promote SC if it was possible because echo is blowing up and imho I think that most of us are satisfied for the most part with zonoff, we just need a little more integration possibilities. Cmon staples, it'll be worth it

sammyl
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+1 for IFTTT & RESTFul API access!!!

Even if you can't "reach and agreement" with IFTTT, then publically exposing some RESTFul API would be fantastic so power users can use IFTTT or custom software (.Net/Jav on a HTPC) to build extremely advanced capabilities around SC! It can't possibly be that hard since your web application already talks to the Hub; as a software engineer I see this as a SIGNIFICANT short sighted capability that should be very easy to provide.

Brandon Bernard
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hey any news on ifttt ... hahaha ... rotfl ....staples u guys were such Liars .... been reading through all the shit promises u made ... it's almost comical reading it later ...

anthony Palumbo
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Just go to the website and you will see what it is. Basically you have have things on the web trigger activities on the Connect. Something like if rain is forecasted this morning turn on a few lights. If the Braves win flash a light on and off. If I get an SMS message from my mom, open the garage door. Seriously you guys don't know what IFTTT is? www.ifttt.com

Mike Hoepfinger
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I've read about the concept. I was just asking what you were trying to accomplish. I'm just getting started with home automation and usually others have ideas and uses that I didn't know that I needed. Weather forecast could be useful I guess.

Adam
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Sorry Adam, for some reason I thought you were with Staples (or Zonoff or Linksys). There are some interesting things you can do for sure...

Mike Hoepfinger
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IFTTT would be great. One use case is as a shortcut to geofencing. IFTTT already has the geofencing if the staples connect could use that as a trigger, that would enable a lot.

Timothy Murray
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Itfff would be great. I'm want to set up a trigger to flash the lights when I text her cell a code. We have no land line and she always leave her phone on different floors. Such a 1st world problem.

Bill lutz
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I would really like to see this too. A LOT of the other features I've seen requested could be fulfilled in one fell swoop if this were integrated.

Jason Hurley
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Thanks for your interest. We don't have any updates about IFTTT to share at this time, but will be sure to let you know when we do.

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Whoa everybody.

IFTTT is swell. However, much of the functionality it provides is so basic, it would be more straightforward for those capabilites to be built directly into the Staples Hub. Plus, reliance on IFTTT just adds another point of failure when there is no Internet.

If we're going to try to steer the Zonoff coders of the Staples Connect Hub in one direction or the other, it seems a far higher priority that they concentrate on providing users full Internet-disconnected operation of the hub. By definition, that means no IFTTT or any other cloud-based service.

E Maffei
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Nicholas Roth:

I agree with most everything you just wrote. IFTTT is swell and the SCH should fully support it as well as APIs that open up the platform to all. What I was trying to say is the SCH programmers at Zonoff seem so behind the curve, perhaps a ranking of requests is in order. If you don't have a stable platform that can perform baseline functionality in a disconnected fashion, then nothing else matters. Explaining to grandma that the light switch does not make the lamp go on because the Internet is down is gonna be a tough prospect in most households.

I simply think the Zonoff folks have more basic functionality to serve up on the SCH -- like timers, customizable modes, full secondary controller support, etc. -- than IFTTT and opening up APIs. IFTTT should come next after the hub itself has its most basic act together -- which as you point out it does not right now and has not for some time. Plus, let's face the reality that yes: Staples is selling this puppy because they want to drive sales of a closed set of sanctioned devices that they carry. What you propose does not serve that immediate business need.

E Maffei
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I'm more concerned about any generic triggering via a web interface, vs. IFTTT. The sheer combination of integrations that they have to handle, makes it guaranteed that support will be poor. Whereas, if there was an open web API, we could work around the edge cases.

For example, google now on my phone or my pebble watch could easily be used to trigger a mode change via a web api or bluetooth. I'm not aware how this would be possible right now. Selecting the "voice control" section of the app returns 0 results in the web store.

I think by keeping this closed, there will be no business to begin with. Other companies will gladly catch up in hardware and do things right.

Nicholas Roth
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Yes, totally agree WRT needing an open Web interface.

You'd think Zonoff and Staples and Lutron would take one look at the very active Smartthings Forums -- active because the platform is so open -- versus this ghost-town SCH forum and figure out they had better open things up ASAP if they have any hopes for survival.

E Maffei
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This is something that is extremely important for the success of this product. I'm seriously considering returning the Connect Hub and switch it with a smartthings

Lucacri
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I'm assuming that since the official SC response went from "we are currently in discussions with IFTTT" 11 months ago to "we don't have any updates about IFTTT to share at this time" 4 months ago, it's not going to happen.

Which is fine with me, if I thought a significant update to the app would bring similar functionality. For example, I would love to have my door automatically unlock when I get into the area and lock when the house is empty (motion sensor or location or either/both).

Or hey, if my system is "armed" and one of the door/window sensors goes off, it'd be great if the IP cam I have would start recording.

RZ
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Hey RZ, do you know of a system other than the connect that can marry the PICO remotes to the Phillips Hue? I'm stuck with the connect until I find one.

Danny
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So what others systems/hubs support IFTTT, Modes, and have PICO remote (w/o a dimmer switch) support? I tried Wink and have come back to staples. I really hope that Google comes out with something next week at their conference because I really don't want to go with a homekit.

Doug Chestnut