If you haven’t heard, the “Internet of Things” (IoT) has been a hot topic of discussion lately, and we’ve been following it very closely over here at Ooma. IoT is the quickly growing network of devices that interact with each other over the Internet, and it includes everyday devices like your smart phone, watch, lights, TV, and even your washing machine. We thought to ourselves, shouldn’t your home phone be in that list too? Well, now we’re excited to tell you that Ooma can now connect with your favorite devices, including your Apple WatchTM, Android WearTM, and Philips HueTM light bulbs!
In our experience with IoT, the hard part isn’t getting your device to connect to the Internet; that’s the easy part. Where it gets tricky is getting your device to talk to other devices that aren’t designed to talk to you. Recently, we’ve made some friends over at IFTTT that could help us with this problem. IFTTT, which stands for “If This, Then That,” is a free Web-based service that allows devices that don’t normally work together, work together. After collaborating with them closely these past few months, here are a few examples of what you can now do with Ooma:
- Caller-ID on your wrist: Have your Ooma Telo sendreal-time push notifications with caller-ID to your Apple WatchTM, Android WearTM, or other iOS and Android devices when you receive a call.
- Philips HueTM visual alerts: When your kids are sleeping and you need it to be quiet in the house, turn off your ringer and have Ooma blink your Philips HueTM light bulbs when you receive a call.
- Voicemail notifications: Receive push notifications on your iOS or Android devices when you receive a new voicemail or get visual alerts on your Philips HueTM bulbs.
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Written By: Anthony Hizon, Product Manager at Ooma