Google Home condo automation, Part 2 IFTTT


Google Assistant can be directly integrated with a variety of devices and services. However, it is not always convenient to say something like “Ok Google, ask Harmony to turn the TV on”, Luckily Google has shortcuts, so you can assign a short command and say something like “Ok Google, turn a TV on”. Lately, Google even added an ability to add up to two commands to one shortcut. Unfortunately with works only for basic scenarios. Here are some advanced scenarios that it is not possible to automate using built-in services:

  1. Add items to Google Keep shopping list
  2. Have a nighttime scene (dimmed lights, the specific song playing with a certain volume level)
  3. Skype parents
  4. Turn PC on/off

This is where IFTTT comes into the picture. IFTTT supports a lot of services and can be integrated with Google Assistant easily. IFTTT Platform can chain an unlimited number of services as well as the ability to send HTTP requests. I used the ability to send HTTP requests to solve all of the above-advanced scenarios. In the next part, I’ll describe how I automated a Google Keep scenario.

Posted on May 28, 2018 by