The guys who brought us that endlessly handy web service IFTTT have created a new trio of apps: Do Button, Do Note and Do Camera. They’re all quite handy but Do Button has immediate use for home automation users who need a simplified interface.
Do Button empowers you to create your own personalized button with just a tap. Save time and control the world around you with Recipes that connect your button to Philips Hue, Google Drive, Nest Thermostat, and hundreds of Channels you use every day.
I have a fairly simple home automation set up – I have a set of Phillips Hue globes split between my lounge and hallway and I have a Belkin WeMo switch that’s hooked to a string of rainbow lights. Both of them work fairly well but I need separate apps to control them – not anymore.
I’ve set up Do Button with three separate buttons, you swipe left or right to switch from one to the other and just touch the large buttons to activate. Here’s what they look like:
I didn’t test it extensively but cursory inspection seems to suggest it should be accessible to switch and VoiceOver users too – not perfect accessibility, but it’s usable.
The only negative I can really see is intrinsic to using the IFTTT web-based service – my lights take between around 5 and 12 seconds to respond to each button press. The app has very clear audio and visual feedback when a button is pressed though, which should reduce mistaken double-hits.
Aside from perfecting their app accessibility, the only thing I’d really like changed is an option so that I could see all three buttons on one screen, instead of having to swipe between them.
A great new service – thanks IFTTT!