Never forget to take your vitamins again
SmartThings, IFTTT, Zapier, and Slack to the rescue
When I worked at Segment, we built bots to complete annoying and mundane tasks. Wishing for something similar at home, I built a series of triggers so that Slackbot records the last time I took my vitamins and then reminds me when I need to take them again.
Next, for each time the sensor closes, I used an IFTTT recipe to trigger a Slack message telling me that I just took a vitamin:
I also had to set another trigger to a Google sheet that records the time the bottle closed (since I wasn’t able to get IFTTT to properly send a
/remind message to Slack):
Lastly, I connected Zapier to that Google sheet and created a Zap to Slack with a
/remind me to take my vitamins in 12 hours message:
If I get the slack message when I’m not near my vitamins, I can just hit
remind me in 15 minutes option, and get a new notification later.
This reminder has been so helpful that I am going to replicate a similar project using a Raspberry Pi and a sensor connected to the dog food container. That way both my husband and I know when the dawgs have been fed and unfortunately for them, prevent double dinners.