With more, er, strings to its bow than IFTTT, Stringify offers extra functionalities and freedoms that its bigger name rival.
In Stringify you setup a trigger from a 'Thing' - the initial action that kicks things off - and then assign Thing actions to follow after in the Flow. Yep, Flow. There'll be no talk of recipes here. These Flows can include multiple parameters to trigger an action or have multiple actions triggered.
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This is particularly useful if you want to string together a bunch of connected tech platforms and then add extra dimensions such as time periods to the mix. Plenty of the big names - Nest, LIFX, Hue, Alexa, Fitbit and more - are on board too. The big downside is that it's iOS only, for now, but we're told that an Android alternative is incoming.
Anyways - on to the main ingredient. Here are our pick of the 5 best Stringify Flows...
Let's jump straight in with a Flow that highlights just how complex things can get with Stringify - this one uses six different Things: Nest, Multi Sensor, Location, Hue, Notification and Weather.
This Flow looks to see if your location (from your smartphone) is set to home and that your front door Multi Sensor has been open for 20 minutes. If those are both true then it will turn a Hue bulb blue and send you an SMS saying: "The front door has been open for 20 minutes". If the temperature outside is above 80 degrees then it will set your Nest Thermostat temperature to 75 inside or if it's below 50 it will turn the temp up inside, putting it up to 60. These temperatures, and time periods, are all adjustable too - as is the bulb colour and the text message.
See, we told you it was a bit more in-depth than IFTTT.
Smarter Philips Hue security lights
Philips Hue and Nest already team up pretty well without IFTTT or Stringify getting involved - but you can get a lot more specific with the latter powering the processdings.
We have it set up so that, between midnight and 5am, if either of our Nest Cams detect motion, certain Hue lights will turn on. We've also set it so that these lights turn off after 15 minutes, as we don't want to come downstairs to find everything lit up just because a cat had a walk around the outside of our house.
Need more of a reminder to get stepping than a buzz on your fitness tracker?
This Flow can be set up for a specific time late in the afternoon, when you've got a fair way to go to hit your 10,000 step goal, so that you get a passive-aggressive text message telling you to get moving. Your LIFX bulbs will also flash to give an added sense of urgency.
You could get rid of the text, or the lights - and replace them with all manner of things to get you motivated. Maybe have your speakers shout, "Get moving you lazy fucker." Whatever works best for you.
Movie night mood
Got a mix of Hue and LIFX bulbs? We all have, LIFX are much cheaper eh? There's no need for that to ruin movie night though.
This Flow, which is triggered when you tell Amazon Alexa that it's "time to run movie night", sets all your smart bulbs to 15% brightness, no matter what the brand.
That's actually the name of this flow. Chubby buddy. Brilliant. Essentially it's designed to fat-shame you into losing weight.
After your Withings smart scales register a 200lbs+ reading you'll get a text with the weight, fat mass and fat ratio all detailed and and a message over Sonos will say, "You weigh X. Are you kidding me? Do something about it today." And your Hue bulbs will turn red at 100% brightness too, just for an added kick in the teeth.
Naturally, you can customise the weight trigger and the Sonos message. Maybe a rendition of, "Who ate all the pies?"
To setup these Flows, and create your own ones you'll need to download the Stringify iOS app.
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