When we set out to create Range we saw the incredible potential in being aware of who is home at any given time. By detecting and recognizing mobile devices like smartphones and wearables, Range is able to tell which person is home by the devices they carry with them. Unlike cameras and motion detectors, Range keeps track of all activity but only notifies the user of the things they care about; like a certain family member coming home or the presence of an unknown device. When this awareness is extended to automate the world’s most popular smart home gadgets and web services it becomes a game-changer.
We are pleased to announce that Range has partnered with IFTTT to develop a dedicated “Channel”, allowing Range to communicate with devices like Nest, Hue, and Alexa. Range will now be able to tell your smart home devices who is present and allow them to adjust accordingly.
Range is a centralized, device-agnostic system that works with virtually any device you own, from the old FitBit in your top drawer to the Tile on your keychain and, of course, your smartphone- all of your devices can be set as presence triggers. Through IFTTT, Range can tell Nest to change the temperature to 72 when “Dad Fitbit” is home, 68 when “Mom Phone” is home, and 65 when everyone’s smartphones are away. With the upcoming release of IFTTT’s Applet platform, Range can even make multi-factor adjustments like telling Nest to change the temperature based on the presence of multiple people. Ex: “Dad Phone” + “Mom Fitbit” sets Nest to an agreeable 70 degrees.
IFTTT also allows for interaction between Range and web services like gMail, Google Calendar, spotify, and twitter. We will have more on that soon!
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