Brothers in Tech

Hosted ByAlan Jackson & Brian Jackson

Whether you are the person who everyone calls for tech support, are the person who is doing the calling, or simply interested in technology…this podcast is for you!

Brothers in Tech: Digital Assistants – Deep Dive #3: Automation

In the final deep dive into the world of Digital Assistants, the Brothers discuss a program that allows you to enable creative integrations between your assistant and other products/services:

IFTTT (“IF Then, Then That”): A very cool database of skills/routines that can be enabled to integrate several of your services and products together.
The “BiTS” (Brothers in Tech Suggestions) for this show were some of our favorite IFTTT skills:

Brian’s Picks:

When I leave my home area, turn on my security camera…
When I click a button on my phone (or arrive at my work location), enter a time log on a Google spreadsheet
If I do not receive X amount of sleep (Fitbit), brew a strong batch of coffee (wifi-enabled coffee machine)
When your Dominos pizza reaches the “delivery” status, flash your indoor lights and turn on your porch lights (Hue)

Alan’s Picks:

When I “like” a song (Spotify) or music video (YouTube), add them to a Google spreadsheet…
When I say “find my phone” to my digital assistant, trigger the Find My Phone feature of your mobile device
Anytime a file is added to my DropBox account, copy it to my Google Drive (and vice versa)
When it is raining outside, change my Hue lightbulbs to blue

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