This week IFTTT published an interesting article with stats about the IoT on the IFTTT platform. There are many interesting numbers stated in the article but two of them caught my full attention.
1.5 Million connected IoT channels
I think the possibility to combine multiple triggers and conditions is especially valuable for IoT users!
While unintended actions in the digital space are easily dismissed and reversed (e.g. a wrong photo saved), they can be annoying or costly in the real world (e.g. air conditioning running purposelessly while no one's at home).
And for devices with sensors: By combining the information from multiple sensors and other inputs from the digital space you can greatly improve the correctness of the decision taken by a ruleset.
This is not a theoretical scenario, as the following number demonstrates: Among those IoT users, 21% have more than one IoT Channel connected.
For every one of those users, combining the inputs from multiple devices boosts the value of their personal IoT ecosystems to a whole new level.
The Swiss are most the active IoT users on IFTTT
There is a nice list of the countries with the highest IoT adoption rate on IFTTT with Switzerland at the top! 45% of Swiss IFTTT users own a connected device.
I wasn't expecting that Switzerland is first in this statistics, but actually it is not so surprising. The Swiss are well connected to the internet (Akamai State of the Internet Q1 2016 , Swiss broadband statistics) and IoT early adopters. Futhermore, they seem to love new technologies and expensive gadgets (like Teslas and Apple Products).
To sum all up: The birthplace of Apilio is not just coincidence.
Made in Switzerland and loved around the world :-)
I was quite excited when I heard that Amazon is selling a modified special version of its Amazon Dash Buttons. While the normal Dash buttons cannot do anything else than order one thing on Amazon, the AWS IoT Button is “programmable”, meaning you can set it up to connect to everything that is reachable via the internet. But what sets it apart from other options?
What's so great about the AWS IoT Button?
What are the negative points?
The AWS IoT Button needs a cloud counterpart, which is the AWS IoT Platform. From there you can program it to connect it the internet, i.e. to IFTTT via the Maker Channel and from there to Apilio, of course :-). As you can see by looking at some step by step guides (links at the end of the article), this is quite complicated and not manageable by the average consumer (who don't seem to be the target market anyway).
Another drawback is the battery which is said to last for about 1’000 button presses. After that, you can’t use the button anymore because the battery is not replaceable (well, it might be possible, but you have to break open the case: )
The current version of the AWS IoT Button is an interesting piece of hardware - nobody else has managed to pack the functionality in such a small case and sell it for 20 dollars! But It’s not ready yet for the mass market because of the non-replaceable battery and the geeky setup procedure.
A dream for tinkerers, a glimpse into the future for consumers.
Step-by-step guides on how to setup the AWS IoT Button and connect it to IFTTT